Derya Yıldırım’s vocal style may not be to everyone’s taste. Compared to Anadolu pop living-legend  Selda Bağcan, with whom Yıldırım may be seen to aspire to, her voice rarely rises up to Selda’s great soaring reverb drenched heights. Yıldırım’s articulation is mostly thin and sometimes strident with a beseeching air about it. This comes across most markedly in her first song, “Gümüş” ...

Robert Soko: It was Tokyo, November 2015, and the crowd was going mad like only the Japanese knew how. People from Japan – those who were coming to our parties in Europe – I had found very lively and very grateful. They loved Balkan music, though you had the sense they didn’t quite know what it was all about. They ...

Robert Rigney: Robert Soko is in Croatia at the moment and unable to make it to the interview. So it’just me for now. Do you know Robert Soko? Rodehihi: Yeah, yeah. He played with Pyramidos one night. Robert Rigney: I’ve been looking at videos of Pyramidos on Youtube. I particularly like your rendition of “Niška Banje”. Why did you decide to cover ...

Robert Soko: So, Chiku, our goal is to interview you about your affinity for Balkan music, and then the Balkan scene in Japan in order to get some weird details out of this world. Chiku Yutaka:  Yes, yes, yes. Robert Soko: The first question – quite a predictable one – how did you stumble upon Balkan music? Chiku Yutaka: I used to DJ punk ...