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Nükhet Ruacan

It was spring time in 1989 when I first heard the fabulous Nükhet Ruacan live. Mostly I’m not good at remembering the exact dates or years but this time I had the chance to check it out with my mates from the university as we were assigned a hotel project at that time as a part of our architectural design course and we were visiting Istanbul to see some selected sites.

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Speak Up Istanbul

Historians describe the end of the 16th century-beginning of the 17th century as a period of great inventions, when discoveries were being made overseas as the veil of “shadows” around the world was slowly lifting.

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Kunta Kinte (Roots)

Whenever I think of the slaves, captives and prisoners from my childhood tv shows, they directly bring me back memories. You can see how we were taken by them! They were always eating corn porridge, there was no bread to eat. Slave, prisoner, captive… These people have never been treated very kindly.

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İmer Demirer – Trumpet

This will be a subjective article no matter how you view it. It isn’t enough to write about such an esteemed person—a really prominent musician—through a couple of anecdotes but Batu Akyol kindly asked me and I jumped at the chance saying “Yes, of course”.

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Did Sameness In Pop Music Produce Rock Bards – Bard Singers?

If we were to define the modern ‘aşık’ as a “city bard”, thirty years that started with 1990 gained a great momentum, despite never fully becoming a tradition.

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Pairing Turkish Wine & Meze

One of Turkey’s most popular culinary traditions is that of rakı balık. Literally translated as rakı fish, this is the great tradition that comes from the Turkish meyhane, or tavern. Rakı is a grape spirit-based, anise-infused liquor similar to Greece’s ouzo and Lebanon’s arak. In Turkey, this drink, served over ice and diluted with water, accompanies traditional fish and small bite meze.

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Existential Questions of “Sustainability” Practices of Alcoholic Beverages in Turkey

Lately, I have been thinking about how our overall way of living and view of the world. I am going through an intense questioning about the way we live, consume, interfere and invade. We are observing a rapid shift due to climate change, pandemics, wars and migrations.

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Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Music

Nuri Bilge Ceylan, who has received a Palme d’Or award in the prestigious Cannes Film Festival with his film “Winter Sleep”, is now accepted as an auteur director. “Auteur” is an adjective attributed to directors who have their own “style and expression” in cinema and examples to this include masters such as Federico Fellini, Theodoros Angelopoulos, and Ken Loach. However, Ceylan is distinguished among them with a major difference: He doesn’t feature original music in his movies…

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Pairing Herbs & Spices with Turkish Wines

Many of us have heard the old adage to pair white wine with chicken and fish and red wine with red meat (like beef and lamb). Happily, that advice has pretty much gone out the window over the last few years.

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Contemporary Female Aşıklar in Aşık Music Tradition of Turkey- II

Âşıklar reflect and carry ahead the points of view, artistic tastes, living practices and traditions of the society in which they live, and thus, play an important part in transmitting folk art to future generations.

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