Over and over again I would hear  the famous date 1389 bantered about. For the Turks it was the date of  a decisive battle on Blackbird Field in Kosovo, which paved the way for their ultimate incursion into the Balkans and their foothold there. For the Serbs, however, it was much more loaded in import – a  date which spelled the end of ...

**** The intimacy of hearing – and seeing - Baba Zula live has lately surpassed the experience of listening to some of their latest studio albums. As time has gone by the songs of Istanbul’s celebrated underground psyche band, seem to get less and less distinguishable from one another.  In all fairness, Baba Zula has always been against the traditional ...

No Fridge (30 min) **** Well-known for his  self-described “crazy global meetings”, DJ Click has lately teamed up with Colelo Identidad Mapuche, a punky-protest group devoted to promoting the culture of the Mapuche, an indigenous folk group in southern Chile, who Click describes as “the Gypsies of Chile”.  Click is most often associated with his electronic reworking of Gypsy music, perhaps ...

From Budapest to Belgrade is eight hours. You travel along the Pannonian plain; the great plain of Hungary; Transdanubia; the westernmost steppe in Europe; all flatlands and fields, and the heat doesn’t let up in your non-air-conditioned compartment, as you pass by dusty, flyblown  villages with sweep-wells in a sea of wheat and cornfields.  At the border to Serbia a burly ...

In 2001 Ulf Lindemann, who goes by the nom de plume of Dunkelbunt, moved from Hamburg to Vienna. That was his first journey eastward – his first Morgenlandfahrt, as it were. Over the course of the next twenty years he would make countless musical and physical journeys east. The Orient would become his modus operandi. I first got to know Ulf in 2007, in ...