Browsing through Özil’s Instagram page now it all makes more sense. The World Cup winner is pictured alongside the likes of Rihanna and Drake.
The 26-year-old also has a picture playing a traditional Turkish folk music instrument the Bağlama.
The bağlama is a traditional Turkish stringed musical instrument which translates to ‘to tie’ in English. The instrument has three main parts called the tekne, gögüs and sap.
The tekne is the bowl part, the gögüs is the sounding board and the sap is the neck of the instrument.
There are three string groups on bağlama in groups of two or three which can be tuned in a variety of ways.
The bağlama is one of the most common string folk instrument in Turkey and Turkish communities in the Caucasus, Iran, Cyprus, the Balkans and Europe.