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Hacis latest album Eastern Winds was released 2007 by Yeni Dunya Music in Turkey. It was recorded in Los Angeles with American saz player/bassist/producer Nyofu Tyson whom Hadji met when they worked together in Oriental Wind.
Before that he recorded with Oriental Wind and with many many musicians and singers on the turkish music scene.



Ahmet Tekbilek was born in Adana, a town on the southern coast of Turkey near the border of Syria. He was given the nickname Hadji by his father, who hoped he would make the pilgramage (Hadj) to Mecca. At age eight, while working as a tailors apprentice, he found a ney (end blown Turkish flute) in the attic and has been playing ever since. He attended the school for folk music in his hometown and began performing locally. At fifteen he traveled to Istanbul with a popular singer and there was taken under the wing of the influential Turkish jazz drummer Burhan Baba, who taught him Turkish classical music. He quickly became one of Istanbul�s most sought after studio musicians and worked with many of Turkeys leading artists, including superstars Orhan Gencebay and Zeki Muren.

In 1974, Hadji moved to Sweden to play in Turkish jazz drummer Okay Temiz group Oriental Wind, Sweden has been his main home since, with interludes in New York, and back home in Turkey. He has traveled extensively, performing in the US, Germany, France, Scandinavia, Israel, India and other countries. Most recently he has worked as a music teacher and with the Swedish National Theater as well as the Swedish National Concert Group.