University graduate hits the right note on The Voice

A University of Wolverhampton music graduate has hit the right note by winning the Turkish equivalent of The Voice.

Lutfiye Ozipek, 27 from North Cyprus, graduated with a Popular Music degree at the School of Performing Arts based at Walsall Campus in 2013.

On the winning night, she sang a version of a rock song called Duyanlara Duymayanlara by Halil Sezai when she appeared as one of two finalists on O Ses Turkiye (The Voice).

She said: “I want children in North Cyprus to learn about pop music.  I want to be able to give this type of education, because I have received such an education.”

Since winning the show, Lutfiye has met the North Cypriot President, Mustafa Akinci and First Lady, Meral Akinci.

Steve Cooper, Course Leader and Senior Lecturer in Popular Music at the University, said: “Lutfiye was an excellent and highly engaged student during her three years studying at the University of Wolverhampton. She threw herself into performance, singing in many varied styles such as rock, jazz, blues and soul.

“Whatever the style though her voice was always distinctive and had a unique quality, which has been recognised in her achievement in winning ‘The Voice’. We wish her continued success.”

Watch Lutfiye’s winning performance on YouTube.

Anyone wanting to study Performing Arts at the University should attend the next Open Day on Saturday 17th February 2018.


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