I first heard Ethnique Punch rap seven years ago when he grabbed the mic after a live set of  2/5 BZ who is something like a father figure to many electronic producers from Turkey. That night, the artist was booked on a double bill with DJ Zuzu in the first incarnation of Berlin Gallery Savvy Contemporary. Only a few people cared ...

I wonder if you can introduce yourself to the readers of Berlin Bazzar. My name is Shiran, and I am a singer and a songwriter. I’m from Israel. I have Yemeni roots and Iraqi roots. How did you start your career as a singer? I started to sing when I was very young. I was in all kinds of ensembles ...

The Jewish Monkeys was a hot tip from Balkan pop personality Shantel. “The Marx Brothers on acid; the nightmare of Benjamin Netanyahu,” was how he described them. “They are freaks, millionaires on a mission impossible, the story is great. Check them out. You can make them big.” Well, thank you Shantel. I will try my best. It appeared a good ...

Snaking synth lines and exotic chord sequences collide with vigorous bass-laden beats and housy bedrock foundations, as East meets West in irresistible, unpredictable Levantine soundscapes. Zenobia serves up ten by turns moody and euphoric tracks straight outta Haifa - a seaside town in the north of Israel-Palestine known for its relatively large numbers of Palestinian inhabitants, and its burgeoning electronic ...

On a cold Saturday evening in January, the Israeli DJ, Gal Kadan gives a talk on Mizrahi music (Oriental Jewish music) at Lefter Records, a basement record shop in Kreuzberg. Around him, a mixed Israeli-German crowd has gathered to listen to Gal  talk about the gradual rise of Mizrahi music in Israel, from sidelined musical style to hot in-demand sound. Mizrahi ...

On my third day in Prague I found a job lead of sorts. I was sitting in the Led Zeppelin Bar when I came across a copy of an English language publication catering to Prague’s expat scene. It was called Pozor! They needed writers. I copied down the address and went out on the street and hailed a cab. The cab smelled ...