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Funkshy album launch party at Tottenham’s new Five Miles club

  This Wednesday, join drummer Tansay Omar’s band Funkshy for the official launch of their latest album A London Rhythm. The mid-week party takes place at the newly opened Five Miles club in North London, with live music from the band, special guests and DJs to keep everyone locked to the dance floor. The event […]

Ents & Leisure
Fasıl Night is back with Sezar Uğur Soy at Hattush Restaurant 

  After two successful dates, Turkish classical music has clearly found a new home in Honor Oak, South East London. Top Turkish singer Sezar Uğur Soy presents another fabulous Fasıl Night at Hattush Restaurant this Friday with renowned musical duo Hüseyin Cemgünal (keyboards) and Ercüment İbrahim (violin). The Turkish eatery has become a firm favourite […]

Music
Modern-day troubadour Barlas Tan Özemek plays London on Wednesday

The city of Istanbul inherits its name from the Greek “Eis tēn polin” meaning ‘into the city’. Born in Istanbul, Barlas Tan Özemek’s music revolves around this evolving metropolis. Strumming on his guitar, this modern-day Aşık or troubadour tells tales about his native Turkey, its people and culture in these volatile times. Barlas’ powerful lyrics […]

Music
Master musicians Vardan Hovanissian and Emre Gültekin to perform ‘Adana’ live at Rich Mix

  For centuries Armenians and Turks lived side-by-side. But horrific events in the Ottoman Empire particularly during the First World War had a catastrophic impact that turned kindred spirits into bitter enemies. Today, a friendship between Armenian duduk player Vardan Hovanissian and his musical soulmate, Turkish saz player Emre Gültekin seeks to overcome a multitude […]

Music
Canan Sağar to promote new album Kalbim at UK launch party in Harringay

  Earlier this year, London-based Turkish rock & folk singer Canan Sağar followed up her debut release 13 with Kalbim. The eight-track album takes its cue from the tragic events occurring in Turkey. Canan will be performing a selection of her new songs at her UK album launch party in Beans and Barley, Harringay, this weekend. We […]

Culture
Review: XX “captures perfectly BaBa ZuLa’s sonic adventures of the past two decades”

  Deep within their unruly, freedom-loving psychedelic vibe, there is a particularness about BaBa ZuLa’s world that I love. Their front covers are always carefully considered and stunningly constructed. They are particular about their experimental sound, which never fits into any one genre but effortlessly brings together Western and Eastern beats. And the lyrics for […]

Festivals
Bob Geldof and his Boomtown Rats rock Mağusa, North Cyprus

  Eastern Mediterranean University’s annual Rock ‘n’ EMU festival has pulled in some major headliners since its inception, but none as big as the band that performed last night. Led by globally renowned Sir Bob Geldof, veteran Irish punk rockers The Boomtown Rats took to the stage in a packed stadium in Mağusa/Famagusta, eastern Cyprus, […]

Music
İlhan Erşahin brings his Istanbul Sessions live to The Jazz Cafe on Monday

At once a saxophone player, composer, music producer, club owner, jazz festival curator, and proprietor of his own record label. İlhan Erşahin wears many hats, but ultimately it’s the music that best defines him. Growing up in Stockholm to a Swedish mother and Turkish father, Erşahin’s musical ear was immersed in the coolest of sounds: […]