You all probably think that all I listen to is minimal electronic music that would go well with my unrhythmical Scandinavian genes. OK, I agree, I am no master of the dance floor. True. But I’ve been quite into Turkish culture for a long time, and I have discovered some pearls in their vivid music history that I’d like to share with you!
Recently I also came a cross an English record label called Sofrito. It’s a collective of DJ’s, producers and artists that combine Tropical rhythms with modern club culture, and produce some sick ass tracks that I would recommend to everyone interested in some good funky music.
Let’s start off with “African Disco Power” a masterpiece of Tropical Discotheque music. It should put you in the mood for moving your body wether you like it or not!
Then you should listen to “Jungle Magic”, an remastered track that was released on a Nigerian record label in 1979. I simply can’t get enough of this song. It might qualify for my all time favorite! It’s simply just GREAT!
This brings me to think about a track by Turkish “Fikret Kizilok” from 1974, which is also pretty epic.
Now that we’re already in Turkey, how could I not mention Selda with “Ince Ince Bir Kar Yagar”? This woman is great, and I find this track particularly powerful. Some Turkish hippie shit right there!
OK, let’s slow down a tad for Grup Bunalim with “Bunalim” (1971). Some great Turkish acting in this video, that I believe deals with the Communist era that troubled Turkey in the 70s.
A bit off topic this one perhaps. This is also a track that most you might have heard, but I throw it in there in case you haven’t (God forbid) heard it. Yeah, I’m talking about Syrian singer Omar Souleyman! Proper pop music from Syria! And this man has style!
That’s it folks! Hope you enjoy the tunes, and please let me know if you have any diamonds up your sleeve that you think I should know about!
Here is a playlist of all the songs above.
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