‘All change’ for Djanan Turan, performing new music at Friday’s BaBa ZuLa concert

One of the main faces of London’s underground Turkish psychedelic folk scene, Djanan Turan is undergoing a musical reinvention.

Fans attending Friday’s concert at the Jazz Café, where the singer-songwriter shares the bill with BaBa ZuLa (the kings of Istanbul psychedelia), will be able to listen to Djanan’s new musical direction, an altogether mellower and more melodic sound.

She’d set the marker earlier this year with her charity single Dünya (World), a powerful and melancholic duet with Olcay Bayır about the plight of refugee children in Turkey. Its haunting music is matched by moving lyrics about the traumatic existence of children who escape a conflict zone only to be condemned to a life of poverty and marginalisation as refugees.

It’s a clear break from Djanan’s upbeat songs of the past few years, including the infectious, disco-tinged Dancing Feet (2016) and the party pop title track of her 2015 EP Maze.

Fabulously talented live or in the studio, Djanan told T-VINE she is looking forward to presenting her “new vibe” during Friday’s warm-up slot for BaBa ZuLa, adding it “will be a nice memory”. The gig is not only Djanan’s debut performance at the legendary Camden venue, but she is also six months pregnant and currently seeking a bigger home for her new arrival!

It’s all change then for this enchanting Turkish chanteuse…

Event Details

Title: BaBa ZuLa + Djanan Turan

Date: Friday 10 August 2018

Times: 7pm to 10.30pm

Venue: The Jazz Café, 5 Parkway, Camden, London NW1 7PG

Admission: Standing: £12 | Restaurant: £20

Tickets: thejazzcafelondon.com/baba-zula

Artist info: djananturan.co.uk