BaBa ZuLa

BaBa ZuLa are one of Turkey’s leading alternative bands, celebrating their 20th anniversary of making extraordinary music with a unique sound. Their exotic, ritual-like performances are works of art on deep other-worldly grooves in a perfect marriage of traditional instruments and electronics. Based on the long-necked electric saz played by Murat Ertel, BaBa ZuLa’s music been called ‘Istanbul Psychedelia’, tracing a line from the Turkish Anadolu Rock (Anatolian rock) movement of the 1970s and finding a natural resonance between the loose folk musics of the Middle East, effects pedals and contemporary experimental music. BaBa ZuLa collaborators have included London dub master Mad Professor, reggae producers Sly & Robbie, and bassists Alexander Hacke (Einstüerzende Neubauten) and Dr. Das (Asian Dub Foundation), and they have featured in several films including Fatih Akin’s seminal Crossing The Bridge.

This gig, is only their second London show and the concert takes place suitably in the heart of Dalston at Epic, a former Turkish banqueting hall, now music venue and home to Hackney Record Fair and DIY Art Market.

The concert is supported by and is part of Europalia Festival based in Brussels, which this year focuses on Turkey. It is the only Europalia event in the UK in 2016.

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