Author: Boulent Mustafa

Music
‘Alternative’ singer-songwriter Ceylan Ertem set to make her UK debut

On Friday, 17 November, Islington’s Gracepoint will be hosting Ceylan Ertem –Turkey’s answer to Tori Amos. The 36-year-old left-leaning singer-songwriter is known for effortlessly strutting musical genres in songs that address various social issues, from Gezi to the conflict in southeast Turkey, during a career that’s spanned nearly two decades. A graduate of the Mujdat […]

Festivals
London Jazz Festival 2017: hear a magical flow of Mediterranean Gypsies from Taksim Trio and Dorantes

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, this year’s EFG London Jazz Festival has an exciting and eclectic ten-day programme of music. On day four, Monday 13 Nov., Turkey’s Taksim Trio will take to the stage at Cadogan Hall with Dorantes – the band of legendary Romani pianist David Peña Dorantes from Andalusia, whose compositions are credited with […]

HP News
Turkish amputees are crowned champions of European football

A last-minute goal by Turkish captain Osman Çakmak turned a dramatic game on its head and gave the hosts a 2.1 victory against England in the final of the European Amputee Football Championships. The performance of Turkey’s triumphant amputee footballers was described as “incredible” by UEFA, while Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan tweeted “Turkey is […]

Music
AK09 and Tano G collaboration puts an ambient spin on new hip hop EP Exhibit One

AK09, aka Yılmaz Korkmaz, and Tano G have joined forces to create five original hip hop tracks whose sound is very much rooted in London. Tano G’s atmospheric productions forms the perfect backdrop to AK09’s heartfelt lyrics about fighting temptation and your personal demons, the challenges of song-writing, and journeys to self-betterment.  The delivery is […]

News - UK
More British politicians back the campaign to re-instate Turkish exams

A campaign to save Turkish exams in Britain has secured widespread backing. First brought to the public’s attention by Londra Gazete in March, teachers, students and parents in the community were astonished by national examination board OCR’s decision to abolish Turkish exams. As things stands, no secondary school will be able to offer Turkish GCSE […]

Music
Çiğdem Aslan: Mortissa

This talented Kurdish singer from Turkey is part of the Rebetiko revival, also known as the ‘Blues of the Aegean’. It was banned for a time because it was considered socially degenerate. Emerging during the turbulent 1920s these bitter-sweet songs about an exiled underclass have strong roots inIzmir and were often performed in dubious Greek […]