Category: Music

Culture
Turkey’s psychedelic kings BaBa ZuLa turn 20
Described as “art-anarchists”, BaBa ZuLa have carved out a name as fine purveyors of alternative Anatolian music, a hip psychedelic blend of electro, dub, funk, rock ‘n’ folk. Lyrically conscious, their other-worldly Oriental dance beats, playful dress sense, and surreal live performances have gained them a huge global following. They featured in Fatih Akın’s seminal [...]
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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 […]

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Dr Dre samples Turkish folk singer’s classic protest track on new album Compton

A song by Turkey’s Selda Bağcan features on Compton – the new chart-topping Hip Hop album by Dr Dre that was released worldwide earlier this month. The superstar producer samples the psychedelic guitar riffs from Bağcan’s 1976 classic İnce İnce for Issues, which features Ice Cube, Dem Jointz and Anderson Paak. It’s the eighth of […]

Can you help fund Dila V’s debut ‘Turkish turbo Folk’ EP?

Singer Dila Varder is on a mission to get more Britons ‘dancing uncontrollably’ to her unique blend of Turkish Folk music. Having been booked to perform at the UK’s biggest festivals this summer, including Glastonbury, Bestival and Wilderness, she clearly knows what makes audiences tick. T-VINE caught up with the innovative performer in between gigs […]

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See Sarı Gelin – folk songs from Turkey and their meaning, performed live in London this Friday

The Yunus Emre Institute is staging a free folk music concert at its central London venue this Friday. The special event includes narrator Aydın Mehmet Ali, who will explain the story behind each song, which will be performed by Zöhre Ülker (vocals, bağlama / long-necked lute), Ayşe Akgül (bender / frame drum) and Cahit Baylav (violin).  Sarı Gelin […]

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Three masters of Turkish strings: Bülent Ortaçgil, Erkan Oğur & I.H. Demircioğlu live at Union Chapel this Saturday

Three Turkish folk music legends take to the stage in London this Saturday to perform popular new and classic Turkish folk and Anatolian rock songs.   Bülent Ortaçgil is a guitarist, composer and singer who first stared recording music in 1971. His career has led him to work with some of Turkey’s leading musical lights including […]

Features
Çiğdem Aslan: making her mark in the world of music

It’s been an incredible 12 months for Çiğdem Aslan. Described by the Guardian as, “one of the best British-based discoveries of the year”, she released her debut album Mortissa last October to critical acclaim in both the UK and in her native Turkey. Among her many achievements this past year was to be nominated in […]

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Review: Çiğdem Aslan live at Union Chapel, 28/09/2014

  Slight in frame but big in voice Çiğdem Aslan, is an enchanting addition to the musical world of rebetiko or ‘the Aegean Blues’. In her most recent London concert, Aslan transported audience members from the wooden pews of   Islington’s 19th Century Gothic style Union Chapel to the cobbled side streets of Smyrna (Izmir), the […]

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Avant-Garde pianist Arman Ratip to give free concert in London

Renowned Turkish Cypriot music composer and pianist Arman Ratip will be performing in central London on Thursday 6 February 2014. Called Space Music, the evening will include a selection of Ratip’s most famous works in a free concert organised by the Turkish Cypriot Doctors and Dentists Association and supported by the TRNC London Representative’s Office. […]

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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 […]