On the compilation Import Export a La Turka – Turkish Sounds From Germany (TRIKONT CD US-0373, 2007), DJ Ipek Ipekgioglu showcases the music of the Turkish diaspora. DJ Ipek Ipekcioglu is a well known figure in Berlin’s multicultural music scene. She travels frequently, visiting clubs throughout the world. Germany has one of the largest Turkish communities in the European Union and they have made a mark in modern German music.
With vocals in German, English and Turkish, the songs on Import Export a La Turka – Turkish Sounds From Germany show a wide variety of influences, including rock, hip hop, folk, captivating global electronica, and ska, The artists featured are: Sender Freie Rakete , Fresh Familee , Volkanik Mlan , Huilya , Metin Candan , Aziza A. , Beser Sahin, Stoneheads, Aleksey feat. Ozkan, Derya , Muri & Pegah Ferydoni, Karagozlum, Nure & Nubun, Bremen Immigrant Orchestra & Sema Mutlu, Muhabbet, Grup Unui, Sultan Tunc, Spark, and M.E.S.S. Berlin.
On Beyond Istanbul – Underground Grooves of Turkey (Trikont CD US-0355, 2006), released a year earlier by Ipekgioglu shows a portrait of the stimulating contemporary world music that is coming out of various parts of Turkey. On this compilation she includes a cosmopolitan collection of edgy global electronica, Turkish pop, contemporary folk, reggae, hip hop, and even rock.
The artists featured on Beyond Istanbul – Underground Grooves of Turkeyare The Night Session, Sivan Perwer, Cay Taylan, Nil Karaibrahimgil, Baba Zula, Orient Expressions, Ayhan Sicimoglu, dZhihan & Kamien, Ceza, Burhan Öçal feat. Emel Sayin, Baba Cay, Brooklyn Funk Essentials feat. Laco Tayfa, Burhan Öçal & Trakya All Stars, Goksel, Replikas and Taner Demiralp.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.