Something from ‘Turkish Ladies’: DJ Kornelia joins Habibi Funk at the Jazz Café

Habibi Funk returns for his quarterly residency at the Jazz Cafe in early August with guest selector Kornelia Binicewicz aka Ladies On Records.

Originally from Krakow, Poland, anthropologist turned DJ Kornelia has been living in Istanbul since 2015, where she has been curating an incredible collection of music recorded by lesser known female artists in Turkey.

In 2017, she issued a compilation Uzelli Psychedelic Anadolu for renowned Turkish label Uzelli Kaset. Her musical tribute to near-forgotten Turkish female singers brought her to the attention of Sony Music Turkey, who invited her to compile her favourite vintage pop. The end result was Turkish Ladies – Female Singers from Turkey 1974-1988.

The critically acclaimed album dips into the archives of labels such as Elenor, Turkuola and ah Plak, to present a diverse range of music, from Turkish folk and blues, such as Dilber Doğan’s Yıkıla Köyler, to Bir Şans Daha Ver by Turkish classical music singer Huri Sapan, Afro-Turkish singer Esmeray’s Ölmeden De Yaşamak, pop perfection in the form of Yanıyorum by Gülden Karaböcek and Neşe Alkan’s disco banger Tut Kalbimi Tut.

In an interview with James McNair last year, Kornelia said she was “using Turkey as a mirror to tell a more universal story”.

“Of course, this compilation speaks about the experiences of Turkish women singers in particular, but it’s also the story of women in the music industry everywhere to some extent, and of the social and cultural position of women.”

Kornelia features as a special guest of Jannis Stürtz, who heads record label Habibi Funk, which focuses on reissuing 60’s-80’s Arab funk and electronic records. Expect to hear lots from his latest bumper release Habibi Funk 007: An Eclectic Selection of Music From the Arab World. As seen on his recent Boiler Room set in Lebanon, he jumps between rare Arab 45s, hip hop and disco during his DJ sets.


Event Details

Title: Habibi Funk + Ladies On Records

Date: Friday 9 August 2019

Times: 19:00 to 22:30

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

Tickets: £5/£10 early bird, or £15 (entry before 11.30pm) or £20 (anytime entry) + booking fee. Buy online from Resident Advisor