Category: Music

Music
Istanbul’s psychedelic rockers Lalalar play Peckham Audio on Thursday

If you’re after a hybrid mix of psychedelic rock, funk, and electronic, wrapped in a heavy Anatolian twang, look no further than Lalalar. This trio of  multi-media musicians-cum-producers aim to bury the borders between the Middle East and the rest of the world without “harming any species” as they create fresh psychedelic vibes plucked from […]

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Gaye Su Akyol is bringing her ‘freedom-loving’ Anatolian psychedelic beats to London this weekend

Gaye Su Akyol’s critically acclaimed first international album Hologram Ĭmparatorluğu (Glitterbeat, 2016) established her as one of Turkey’s most compelling new voices, her music effortlessly straddling diverse genres such as rock, folk and Turkish classical music. She spent the next few years touring the globe with her band, showcasing her vibrant live abilities: a surreal, […]

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Olcay Bayir live at this year’s EFG London Jazz Festival

Superb live, expect a rhythmically powerful, soulful, rooted and contemporary live set. Olcay Bayir’s music is a natural marriage of her time-honoured Anatolian heritage and the vibrant, eclectic sounds of London. Classically-trained in the UK as a soprano, collaborations with musicians from all around the world have informed Olcay’s music as much as the rich […]

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Bağlama virtuoso Coşkun Karademir and tanbur master Özer Özel to perform in London and Ireland

Anatolia is the home of some of the world’s oldest civilisations and a land of heartfelt musical expression. Its current inhabitants draw on the languages, drawings, and culture of multiple tribes that have settled there. Two virtuosos, tanbur master Özer Özel and bağlama master Coşkun Karademir, come together to present their interpretation of Anatolia’s rich […]

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Trip out to the sounds of BaBa ZuLa, live in London in November

Oriental dub legends BaBa ZuLa’s extraordinary live performances are a legend unto themselves. By mixing traditional instruments such as the darbuka, electric saz, and spoons with electronics and dub, BaBa ZuLa create a unique sound. Known as the “Kings of Istanbul psychedelia”, their style of ‘rock’ rolls in a way that Westerners haven’t heard since […]

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Pop sensation İlyas Yalçıntaş to light up the stage at the O2 Islington

A former X Factor Turkey [Star Işığı X Factor] finalist and favourite to win before the channel took the show off air, pop star İlyas Yalçıntaş’s electrifying performances on national television and song writing ability proved his star quality. His debut single, İncir, which he had penned and sang live on X Factor in 2014, […]

Features
My World: Olcay Bayır
 

Blessed with a heavenly voice, Olcay Bayır has been singing for as long as she can remember. She was born in Gaziantep to a Kurdish Alevi family steeped in the âşık (wandering minstrels) tradition, and her career as a classically-trained singer-songwriter is a perfect marriage of her roots and global music experiences following her move […]