Turkey’s Best-Kept Secret
- IPL spot-fixing: Chennai Super Kings owner's kin under police scanner
- IPL 2013 LIVE SCORE: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals
- Jessica Lall murder: Actor Shayan Munshi, ballistic expert Manocha to face perjury trial
- BJP tears into UPA govt on 4th anniversary, says it lacks leadership
- BCCI was forced to encash Pune Warriors' bank guarantee: Sanjay Jagdale
Istanbul-based band, Baba Zula, whose songs are banned in their own country, regaled the audience in Delhi
For a band that comes from Turkey — a country that lives and breathes in imperial glories — it is somewhat unimaginable to hear songs that seem to brew a counterculture movement of their own. But then, this is also the country that sits on the crossroads of the East and the West, and is constantly in a state of flux. Baba Zula, a three-member outfit from Istanbul that performed at the Amarrass Desert Music Festival last night at Zorba, Gurgaon, gave the soundtrack of what "being at the crossroads" means. A bold blend of psychedelic music, dub, reggae and Turkish folk, the band comprises Leven Akman on the cymbals, darbuka and a host of other percussion instruments; Murat Ertel on saz and vocals; and Cosar Kamci on goblet drums. They were accompanied by a belly dancer named Bahar, who swayed to their psychedelic tunes.
"Our lyrics are censored in Turkey. Some verses are about religion while others are pornographic. That is why most of our songs are banned from being played or performed there. None of the television and radio channels play our songs," said Ertel in-between a rehearsal, adding that the band draws inspiration from everything around them. The band's popular songs include Maybe I am pregnant and Eternal World of Poet, which is the story of a poet living in the times of Ottoman Empire and Free Spirit.
Baba Zula literally means a "big secret" and Ertel said that this is what the band sounds like. "Every song is played differently each time. So one does not know what will they get," he said.
- Fixing probe now reaches Bollywood, son of Dara Singh held
- BCCI cashes Pune Warriors guarantee, 'disgusted' Sahara walks out of IPL
- Sreesanth spent Rs 1.95L on clothes, bought friend BlackBerry, paid in cash: Police
- Delhi firm with MoD as client is linked to Pak cyberattacks
- After Infosys, iGATE sacks Phaneesh Murthy for sexual misconduct
- 2 weeks after harassment, Haryana schoolgirls return, cops in tow