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12.05.2006

 

Reggaeturkaton


Friends & Family, the latest album by Turkish percussionist Ayhan Sicimoglu.

Whoa boy. You know how you occasionally run into a piece of music that stops you in your tracks? It was like that for me the first time I heard Radio Tarifa, Inti Illimani or NovaLima.

Listening to MPR today, I heard a short piece about a Turkish percussionist who's a veteran of New York's salsa scene. His name is Ayhan Sicimoglu. Upon returning to Istanbul, he started cranking out a blend of music that brings together Latin and Turkish music. Actually, that's not an accurate description. It's more like he lays a base of solid Latin rhythm (Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton) and weaves elements of Turkish instrumentation throughout (imagine a Turkish bagpipe, or Tulum, playing over a Carribean beat). I'm sure it's more complex and synthetic than that. Regardless, it's really worth a listen. My favorite so far is Reggaeturkaton, which takes Reggaeton to a level I never imagined. Not far behind is Esperare (the classic Te Esperare).

Listen to samples and download the album at Calabash Music.

Comments:
hey!! so happy that Sicimoglu was heard by real latinos, cos back in Turkey, he's one of the very few "real real" latin percussionists. we're more stuck with ours, u know :P

about the song u've mentioned, there are some dialogues in between from old Turkish movies, and they tell a story (it's also in the album cover):

a turkish immigrant girl in germany falls in love with a latino guy, but the family doesn't approve that love, yet she can't give up on him cos he's the only joy of her life.

originally from istanbul, now i'm a MA student in the netherlands. here all my close friends are latinos; i think my country was placed in the wrong continent :)

ciao
 
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