Where's Firuze? (Neredesin Firuze)

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Directed by Ezel Akay, this film depicts a true story from the life of Özcan Deniz, the lead actor of this film, together with Demet Akbağ, Haluk Bilginer and many more talented artists. A melodramatic musical comedy with a taste of Bollywood and and the 1970's retro, this film is a visual feist and gets my A + in every aspect.

The story is shortly about Hayri and Sahin, 2 music producers trying to get out of their massive debt caused by unsuccesful album sales. Ferhat who formerly lived in Germany comes along gives hope to our producers. Then they get into action to produce a hit album for Ferhat and get rid of their debts. Things don't go smoothly and they need extra help. This is when Firuze comes along...

Of course there is no need to ask about the soundtrack, it is explicit also. Most are already popular songs sung with new arrangements especially prepared for this film. Although it isn't common for newer versions of a song to get a good vote, the versions in this do, thanks to Sunay Özgür and Ender Akay. They have done such a great job.
This film has won 2 awards at Ankara International Film Festival, but I think it deserves much more attention especially internationally. I especially recommend the songs "Ahirim Sensin" originally a folk song by Neşet Ertaş, "Ya Evde Yoksan?" originally by Orhan Gencebay, and the theme song "Gaip Arabesk".
If possible, I suggest you not only listen to the soundtrack but watch the movie also, the songs would fit in much better.





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Where is Firuze? (Neredesin Firuze?)
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Zakir Hussain








Are you ready for timeless music from Zakir Hussain? Here we go...

Indian prodigy child Zakir Hussain or in other words Ustad (grand master) of tabla, was touring the United States by the age of 12. As a master of percussion, he plays classical Indian tunes and has performed in collaboration with contemporary jazz artists such as John McLaughlin and Mickey Hart. Hussain is the founding member of
Tabla Beat Science "World music supergroup" of Bill Laswell. Besides his musical practice he also teaches tabla to students in San Francisco, USA and Mumbai, India.

He is the founder of Moment! records dedicated to featuring original collaborations of world music, and concert performances of great masters of classical indian music.
He has also starred in various films and has recorded soundtrack albums for films such as Heat and Dust in 1983, The Mystic Masseur, In Custody, and has played tabla for Apocalypse Now, and Little Buddha. In 1999 he wins many awards and is nominated for the many more with the film Vaanaprastham, where he composes, performs and acts as a music advisor.


He has won many awards including the 1999 National Heritage Fellowship, a prestigious award given to masters of traditional art, and the grammy in 2009 for contemporary world music category.




Read more about Ustad Zakir Hussain:

Ustad Zakir Hussain @wikipedia
Ustad Zakit Hussain @imdb
Ustad Zakit Hussain @allaboutjazz




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Mari Boine

Mari Boine



Born in 1956 Mari Boine is a Norwegian Sami musician who combines her native Sami tunes with jazz and rock providing a touching emotional and moving sound. Her music is her voice for her fellow Sami people who are a minority of the Norwegian colonization and live in difficult conditions in the northern skirts of the country.

She made her first debut with "Gula Gula"





This is a film where Mari plays a woman who tries to escape from the difficult conditions of the Sami minority after the region was colonized.
Vuolgge mu mielde Bassivárrái




Related reading and listening:
mariboine.no Mari Boine official homepage
Mari Boine.no at Myspace






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Gogol Bordello

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This band is a compilation of New Yorker immigrants from eastern Europe. Their music is rich and composite full of gypsy, punk, rock music and Ukrainian influence sung in multiple languages. After forming an amateur band and being banned from a few musichalls for being too over the top they made their first album 'Voi-la Intruder' with the help by Jim Sclavunos of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds and Grinderman (ex-Sonic Youth, the Cramps). After that they have recorded 5 albums, 4 singles and have received rewards such as the BBC World Music Award in 2007. The band is nearly always on tour with world festivals, and espicially collaborating with other gypsy bands such as Manhattan Samba, Yuri Yunakov, Ivo Papasov, Piroshka Rac, Sasha Kolpakov Trio, Asian Dub Foundation, Kultur Shock, Rootsman, La Phaze... They were also much talked about with their wonderful show with Madonna at Live Eight. Gogol Bordello also stars in Madonna's directorial debut 'FILTH AND WISDOM'.
Their shows are colourful and theatrical and their musical performance is fabulous.








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Gogol Bordello, official website
Gogol Bordello
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Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul

The Sound of Istanbul
Come and let's cross the bridge together. This album is composed of very good picks from the taste of Istanbul Sound. From oriental to folkloric, it displays the rich cosmopolite texture of Istanbul. Thankyou Fatih Akin for directing this documentary, and many many more thanks to the fellow musicians who contributed to this album.

Read more about "Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul":
Istanbul, city of a thousand rhythms...
Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul @imdb
Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul, official website




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Putumayo

Putumayo


Putumayo

This first post is not of an artist but of a music company. Putumayo, firsltly established as a clothing company has made its reputation by promoting world culture and international music. They promote many leading artists of international music, making their music available to us. They have also launched the first Radio show for world music, the "Putumayo World Music Hour". You can listen to Putumayo Radio
here.

Related reading:
Putumayo, official website




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