New Music From Turkey

Listen to new music from Turkey on this edition of New Sounds. From the brand-new double-CD release, "Nine Heavens" by the Persian-emigree group Niyaz, we'll hear “Beni Beni." It's a marriage of an 18th century Turkish Sufi poem to a traditional Turkish folk song which skillfully weaves in electronics and programming. Also, the Balkan club-friendly electronica artist Shantel has written original music for the Turkish-German film "The Edge Of Heaven" (the new Fatih Akin movie which won an award at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.) It features works by Turkish musicians, like Selim Sesler and Kazim Koyuncu, and contemporary Turkish songs. Plus, works from Okay Temiz, Mercan Dede and the Mevlevi Dervishes of Istanbul.

PROGRAM #2808, New Music from Turkey (First aired on Tuesday, 6/03/08)






Nine Heavens

Beni Beni [4:30]

Six Degrees #1350***

Various artists: Kazim Koyuncu & Seyyal Sam

The Edge of Heaven

Ben Seni Sevdregumi [3:30]

Indigo # AYCD – 016
OR download from

Various artists: Selim Sessler

Kasap Havasi (Butcher’s Air) [4;30]

Various artists: Ahmet Karja

Safak Türkusü [3:00]


Nine Heavens

Beni Beni - acoustic [4:30]

See above.

Mercan Dede

Sufi Traveler

Nar-I Cem [8:00]

Doublemoon #1-ITR 119

The Music of Islam, Vol. 9

Mawlawiyah Music of the Whirling Dervishes

Prayer for Permission for Whirling [5:00]

Celestial Harmonies #13149

Various artists: Kardes Türküler

Remains of Anatolia

Kerwane, excerpt [6:00]

Kalan Muzik sampler, through Songlines Magazine. Out of print.

Okay Temiz

Magnet Dance

Komsu [5:30]

Tiptoe/ENJA #888819 OR download from