Author: Boulent Mustafa

Music
Former Eurovision winner Sertab Erener to play Indigo at The O2 in January

  Chart-topping Turkish singer-songwriter Sertab Erener will be performing live in London at the end of next month. Erener is Turkey’s sole winner at the Eurovision Song Contest, triumphing in 2003 with her catchy ethno-pop track Everyway That I Can, which went on to be a top 10 hit in half-a-dozen European countries. The classically-trained Soprano […]

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Get into the festive zone Turkish-style with Fasl-i Keyf at London’s Babel Art House this weekend

Groups performing Turkish classical music (aka fasıl) in Britain are few and far between. One of the best is five-piece outfit Fasl-i Keyf, whose name means ‘fasıl delight’. If you’re in London and fancy easing yourself into the festive season a la Turkish style, they are performing in Stoke Newington, North London, on Saturday night. […]

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“One of Britain’s best young talents”, singer Nilüfer Yanya headlines the Jazz Café

Solo artist Nilüfer Yanya is the headline act for this weekend’s Camden showcase promoted by London’s most exciting independent label, Blue Flowers. Just 22-years-old, Nilüfer has forged her own musical path by performing in open mic nights across the capital. Her breakthrough single Baby Luv, released earlier this year, was lauded by music critics on […]

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‘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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]