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World Routes Academy with the London Turkish Community

Lucy Duran visits a musical event with London's Turkish community, featuring the Nefes Ensemble, World Routes Academy protegee Fidan Hajiyeva, and Brighton-born Dogan Mehmet.

Lucy Duran visits a musical event with London's Turkish community in a cafe in Stoke Newington. The Nefes Ensemble is joined by World Routes Academy protegee Fidan Hajiyeva in traditional songs from rural Turkey, and Brighton-born Turkish Cypriot Dogan Mehmet performs contemporary Turkish songs with a UK twist.

The Nefes Ensemble is a mix of amateur and professional performers, devoting themselves to presenting the folk songs of Turkey in their authentic forms. Nefes means 'breath', and they see themselves as expressing Turkey's cultural soul while living many miles away from their homeland. World Routes Academy protegee Fidan Hajiyeva learned Turkish as a child - their culture and heritage is close to that of her native Azerbaijan. Dogan Mehmet's background mixes his Turkish Cypriot heritage with English folk and American rock, and all these elements are evident in the eclectic style of his band the Boombox Karavan.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Nefes Ensemble

    Yemenimde Hare Var

    Performers: Hamit Sag (M.D. and Baglama) Ozan Toprak (Baglama & Kabak Kemane) Roskar Nasan (Oud) Soner Golbas (Clarinet & Kaval) Narendra Kotiyan (Darbouka) Lennie Charles (Bendir) Metin Yilmaz (Baglama) Onur Can Aslan (Baglama)

    • BBC Location Recording.
    • Bistro Bar Etcetera, Stoke Newington, London.
    • 12 May 2013.
  • Fidan Hajiyeva and Onur Can Aslan

    Ay saci Burma - Guman Yeri Var

    Performers: Fidan Hajiyeva, Onur Can Aslan and Nefes Ensemble

    • BBC Location Recording.
    • Bistro Bar Etcetera, Stoke Newington, London.
    • 12 May 2013.
  • Ozan Toprak

    Ay Dost Deyince Yeri Gogu Inleten

    • BBC Location Recording.
    • Bistro Bar Etcetera, Stoke Newington, London.
    • 12 May 2013.
  • Nefes Ensemble

    Egin Dedikleri

    • BBC Location Recording.
    • Bistro Bar Etcetera, Stoke Newington, London.
    • 12 May 2013.
  • Fidan Hajiyeva

    Bahcalarda Barim Var - Karagoz

    Performers: Fidan Hajiyeva, Onur Can Aslan and Nefes Ensemble

    • BBC Location Recording.
    • Bistro Bar Etcetera, Stoke Newington, London.
    • 12 May 2013.
  • Nefes Ensemble

    Vardar Ovasi

    • BBC Location Recording.
    • Bistro Bar Etcetera, Stoke Newington, London.
    • 12 May 2013.
  • Dogan Mehmet

    Leymouson Turkusu

    • BBC Location Recording.
    • Bistro Bar Etcetera, Stoke Newington, London.
    • 12 May 2013.
  • Dogan Mehmet

    Domates Biber Putlican

    • BBC Location Recording.
    • Bistro Bar Etcetera, Stoke Newington, London.
    • 12 May 2013.
  • Fidan Hajiyeva

    Darildin mi Gulum Bana

    Performers: Fidan Hajiyeva and Nefes Ensemble

    • BBC Location Recording.
    • Bistro Bar Etcetera, Stoke Newington, London.
    • 12 May 2013.
  • Nefes Ensemble

    Halay Potpori

    • BBC Location Recording.
    • Bistro Bar Etcetera, Stoke Newington, London.
    • 12 May2013.

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