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 the late ’60s rock era.
Together for 20 years, such is their cult status that their story has been the subject of a recent Boiler Room documentary.
Baba ZuLa go to great lengths to provide their fans with a unique live show experience. Their ritual-like performances encompass multiple art forms, from belly dancers, to elaborate costumes, poetry, theatre and live drawing, delivering viewers a tantalizing audio-visual feast.
Joining them on stage for their return to the Jazz Café is the capital’s genre-hopping chanteuse Djanan Turan, who guested with the band in August 2018. One of the main faces of North London’s underground Turkish psychedelic scene, Djanan’s infectious beats and melodies straddle the contrasting sounds of Europe, the Balkans and the Mediterranean.
Listen out for BaBa ZuLa’s new album Derin Derin [Deep Deep], that drops this week, and expect another other-worldly performance.
Title: BaBa Zula
Date: Saturday 2 November 2019
Time: doors open 7pm, gig runs to 10.30pm
Venue: The Jazz Café, 5 Parkway, Camden, London NW1 7PG
Tickets: Standing £15, Restaurant £20 – £25, available online