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In Behind The Music this week, we meet Olcay Bayir, a Kurdish-Turkish singer who brings the regions of Anatolia & Mesopotamia to life through music. We learn all about her varied influences and hear some beautiful tracks form her debut album 'Neva/Harmony'.

Tony and Zoe share their personal experiences as backpackers in Morocco, Iran and Turkey.

Outstanding composer and double-bassist Daphna Sadeh returned to A World In London to give us an exclusive preview of her forthcoming album. ‘Born In Parallel’ brings together jazz, Middle-Eastern, & baroque elements and will be released towards the end of this year. Meanwhile, catch Daphna live in concert with an excellent line-up of Kurdish musicians this Saturday June 30th at Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham!

Two major talents in the form of Sarah Gillespie and Gilad Atzmon came together on this A World In London. Sarah’s powerful lyrics and contagious ironic humour are delivered through her pristine & glorious jazz voice. Partnered by iconic composer Gilad Atzmon, a dash of Arabic strings, lashings of rock guitar, and oodles of eclecticism are added to her beat poetry in albums like ‘Stalking Juliet’ and ‘In The Current Climate’. While Gillespie’s acclaimed narrative, ‘War On Trevor’, recently showcased at Ronnie Scott’s, marks her out surely as the natural successor to Ian Dury!

Entertaining and madly good melodies from the second half of 60s and first half of 70s. Even though artists are widely known (except couple of them) these songs didn’t make a major succes in the market. Another side of the country’s “Pop” music, whose one side is already turned to Anatolia...

This show's context is a little bit mixed. Mostly there are experimental rock songs of middle 70s. Some of them talk about political issues some of them are love songs. A little summary of country's rock music history.

Anadolu Pop 07th Decembre 2011 Track List
Track - Artist – Year - album - Label
01. Yardan Haber Yok – Hümeyra, 1974 (single / 1 Numara)
02. Balsultan – Barış Manço & Kurtalan Ekspres, 1983 (Estağfurullah… Ne Haddimize! / Türküola)
03. Mor Perşembe – Cem Karaca & Dervişan, 1977 (single / Yavuz)
04. Beyaz Ev – Erkut Taçkın, 1975 (single / Diskotür)

Turkey in 1970s, that was an era of different kind of artistic attempts. In this show we have experimental works in rock music. On one hand there is Erkin Koray a.k.a. "Father of Rock", on the other hand there's Cem Karaca with his unknown songs. And also, many other interesting trys in music.

Esin Afşar, one of Anatolian pop music's most important names, passed away on 14th November 2011. Selections of the shows on 16th and 23th are done in memory of her. In the first one there are songs which are accepted as cornerstones of her carrier. And the ones in the second show are less known works of her... played cronologically featuring her biography.

Esin Afşar, one of Anatolian pop music's most important names, passed away on 14th November 2011. Selections of the shows on 16th and 23th are done in memory of her. In the first one there are songs which are accepted as cornerstones of her carrier. And the ones in the second show are less known works of her... played cronologically featuring her biography.

Anadolu Pop 16th Novembre 2011 Track List
Track - Artist – Year - album - Label
01. Yoh Yoh – Esin Afşar, 1986 (Dün ve Bugünün Türk Şiir ve Ezgileri / Ada)
02. Drama Köprüsü – Esin Afşar & Modern Folk Üçlüsü, 1970 (single / Disko)

HGT 68. An alternative outing this time round. Taking in the dark
and mysterious from countries as far and wide as Tanzania, Turkey,
Indonesia, Senegal, Portugal and Iran. Musically the diversity
continues from prog rock to merengue, kuduro, funk and beyond.

1.Tablas Guruve, Kuljit Bhamra, Bhangra Latina
2.Quiver, Dj iZem
3.Return to the Journey, Thundercat, The Golden Age of Apocalypse, Brainfeeder
4.Uang, Duo Kribo, Those Shocking, Shaking Days: Indonesia Hard,
Psychedelic, Progressive Rock And Funk:1970-1978, Now Again
5.Soul Raga , MEHRPOUYA, Persian Funk

Even paradise had its rainy days...
The fourth installment of the Caipirinha Appreciation Society produced during our Exile in Saquarema brings a radical change: for once, rain. And lots, lots, lots of great Brazilian music.

Achik songs by Ali Ekbar Cicek
Recordings: Kudsi Erguner
Musical Atlas – UNESCO Collection (27)

This episode features a selection of songs from the LP ‘Turkey, Bektachi Music – a collection of ‘Achik’ songs, sung by Ali Ekber Cicek with saz accompaniment. Presented by Seth Richardson.

Side A

1a ‘Set no traps for him who loves’ (Kul Sergen

1b ‘Covet not this world’s goods’ (Asik Engin)

2 ‘I have professed love for fourteen thousand years’ (Sidki)

3 ‘Weep not, mine eyes, God is merciful’ (Pir Sultan Abdal)

Istanbul-born singer Çiğdem (say Cheedem) brings an authentic voice and exquisite styling to the poignant songs associated with the Greek and Turkish diasporas created after the forced population exchanges in the early 1920s. Born out of hardship yet full of resilience and with a devil-may-care attitude this repertoire shares the music, lyrics and sentiments of rebetiko and Western Turkish styles; a heritage belonging to both communities.

In the first episode, Nayela Wickramasuriya presents a roundup of some of the key stories from 2010. We find out what, 6 months on, people think about the legacy of South African World Cup, discover a musical based on the life and work of Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, look at China’s economic growth in 2010, look forward to the UK release of the Japanese film Norwegian Wood, and examine the impact of Wikileaks and social media in Turkey and Tunisia.