All is quiet on the Balkan front. One exception from the region is this jazzy new release from Balkan stalwarts Kottarashky & The Rain Dogs, with ten new tracks by turns, moody, bluesy and introspective - alongside some ranting, rollicking passages to boot. It is no coincidence that on top of being a musician, Nikola Gruev is a trained architect. ...

We had just passed the border and were still twenty kilometers from our destination, but as the Orient Express neared Edirne, the Selemiyi mosque with its floodlit dome and 70 meter high minarets, shone like a beacon into the night sky. This was as it was meant to be. The mosque – biggest in the Ottoman Empire; greater even than ...

One of my favorite musicians is the Bulgarian/Turkish accordionist called ‘Ciguli.’ Unfortunately, he passed away in 2014. After he died, the Istanbul based Roll Magazin re-published an extensive interview with him. Getting to understand Ciguli’s life and point of view only made me appreciate him more. He talks about his love of Bollywood, the situation of the  turkish ethnic minority ...