Author: Boulent Mustafa

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Esenkent Dansı – a song inspired by a London boy falling in love with Istanbul Apartment culture

Rock musician Hakan Tuna has returned with his third release, Esenkent Dansı, from his 2021 project ‘12 songs 12 stories’. Wholly instrumental, the track is inspired by his experience as a Londoner living in Istanbul. Hakan was born and raised in the British capital, growing up in a “typical London Victorian era house”, so the apartment […]

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Mustafa Kuş and İmece’s “Veda” EP delivers their catchiest Anatolian psychedelic funk songs of yesteryear

Ironhand Records dig deep into their musical archives to present us with four outstanding tracks from Mustafa Kuş and his band İmece. These classic tracks are a fine, nostalgic blend of jazz, psychedelic funk and classic Anatolian rhythms. Turkish singer-songwriter Mustafa Kuş (top, far left) had originally gone to Germany to further his education. He […]

Music
Olcay Bayır takes her ‘Dream for Anatolia’ on mini tour of Britain  

Olcay Bayır’s music is a natural marriage of her time-honoured Anatolian heritage and the vibrant, eclectic sounds of London, which she now calls home. Of Turkish-Kurdish origin, her contemporary sound blends elements of folk, jazz and urban music with evocative vocal deliveries through original eclectic compositions that draw from the rich musical heritage of Anatolia, […]

Festivals
Savour the taste of Anatolia at Laburnum Street Food Fair

If you love Turkish food and are in London, get yourselves to Hackney this week, so you can sample all your favourite flavours in one place. On Thursday, 13 June, a five-day food festival opens by Suleymaniye Mosque in Haggerston, East London. Semi-covered street stalls will be selling a wide range of Turkish food, including […]

Art
Hala at the V&A – and you can see her too!

This Friday, the V&A – one of London’s premiere museum spaces – will screen Hala, or paternal aunt in Turkish. The work of talented young artist Şenay Camgöz, who specialises in moving image and performance, Hala is “a fierce, intelligent and resentful woman, a powerful and enduring archetype”. The actor-turned-filmmaker says she created the character “to explore […]