Category: Music

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March special: from Anatolia to the Middle East, Arts Canteen’s eclectic line-up of music and spoken word

Led by Essex Arab funny girl Esther Manito as MC, and with performances from Palestinian hip hop star El Far3i (47Soul), Turkey’s Olcay Bayir, and Alia Al Zougbi, and with DJ Nooriyah spinning some tunes throughout, the evening promises to be an arts extravaganza of Middle Eastern-inspired music and storytelling. The setting is London’s Grand […]

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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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Turkish national anthem “İstiklal Marşı” is 100 years old today

The Turkish national anthem celebrates its centenary today, after the İstiklal Marşı – or Independence March – was formally adopted as the country’s song on 12 March 1921. The words were written by Mehmet Âkif Ersoy, who bequeathed his work free of charge to the Turkish nation, and the music was composed by Osman Zeki Üngör. […]

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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 […]