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 ...

“Squeezed in by Croatia, Slovenia and Italy, we Istrians pass much better as chameleons” Luka Šipetić is from Pula, a city on the northern coast of Croatia renowned for its festivals of electronic music held in old Habsburg fortresses. He is the man behind "Tarot Funk", one of Bandcamp's hottest  albums in 2019. Predominantly an instrumental work that invites listeners ...

The Gothenburg Balkan scene is a wild fusion of many different styles of music from Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. I have visited numerous arenas, clubs, venues and forgotten dance-floors during my twenty-five years in this city on Sweden’s west coast – and here is my little guide to the Balkans in Gothenburg. There are plenty of acts and artists that ...

One day during one of my trips to the Balkans I found myself in the historical town of Ohrid on Lake Ohrid in western Macedonia. My idea was to go to Sveti Naum on the border to Albania, an ancient monastery where once a year thousands of Orthodox Christians gather, coming from all over the Balkans in their tour busses.Mungo Park “You have ...

Your latest release with Piranha Records is with The Glass House Orchestra, how did this project come out?  Six years ago was the 70th anniversary of the Holocaust in Hungary. What I didn’t know before then, in most places in Germany and Europe, the Holocaust took place over approximately 5-6 years. In Hungary, it all happened at once. The Jews were ...

It must be love! by @denizdenden This production is a utopia in dystopian times. Shantel & Cümbüş Cemaat's album “Istanbul” open up a utopian space between Frankfurt-on the-sea and Istanbul on the Bosphorus. Here a new attempt is being made to create – with respect and devotion – a  new dialogue between pop cultures.  “Dialogue of cultures”, that sounds a bit trite, ...

#postzionist music. Thoughts about etnoise and fakelore.   In a letter from Tel Aviv I have arranged this interview with Ensemble of Love and Terror as part of an exploration of  the local music scene, asking questions like  what is folk,  or what is  fake folk (“fakelore”) or what is   “etnoise”.  I thought it would make sense to start with the guy ...

At first glance there is something suspiciously “arty” about DakhaBrakha. Attired in exaggerated folk costumes and oversize black lamb-fur head-gear – they play on ethnic stereotypes while at the same time subverting them.  These four trained ethnomusicologists  came together in 2004 at the Kyiv Center of Contemporary Art «DAKH» under the aegis of the avant-garde theatre director — Vladyslav Troitskyi.  The ...