Polish-born resident of Istanbul Kornelia Binicewicz has ‘a thing’ with music. ‘Thing’ as in ‘everything’. She is not only a curator, but also a fervent collector and anthropologist with a fondness for (female) Turkish music. She is the woman behind the compilations ‘Uzelli Psychedelic Anadolu’ (a selection of tracks on the Turkish label Uzelli Kaset) and the excellent and wonderfully graphically designed ‘Turkish Ladies. Female Singers from Turkey 1974 – 1988’. That latter was released on her own label Ladies
On Records. On her extremely danceable vinyl only DJ sets you will hear ‘Hypnotizing grooves, belly dance beats with synths and organs, edgy sounds from all four corners of the earth blend with westernized arrangements and hip styles of 60s, 70s & 80s.’ Party galore!
Turkish psychedelica? Pink Floyd on saz!
The latest delight of the indie scene for a while now: Turkish psychedelica. Labels like Finders Keepers and Pharaway Sounds have ensured a revitalization of the heritage through a constant stream of Turkish reissues. Folk heroine Selda Bağcan is being massively rediscovered and contemporary acts like Gaye Su Akyol, Derya Yildirim, BaBa ZuLa and Altin Gün fully embrace the style. They all refer back to the heyday of Turkish psychedelica in the ‘60s-‘70s, when Anatolian rock and folk fused with Western rock-’n-roll. Artists like Erkin Koray, Bariș Manço, Selda and Cem Karaca, were the (politically engaged) Turkish heroes of that time.