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Kolektif Istanbul, Boogie Balagan to celebrate music

June 18, 2014

ISTANBUL (CIHAN)- The Istanbul-based Balkan music collective Kolektif Istanbul and the self-proclaimed "PalestIsraeli" duo Boogie Balagan are taking to the stage in a free outdoor concert in Istanbul on Thursday night, joining this weekend's worldwide FÊte de la Musique celebrations two days in advance.

Kolektif Istanbul, known for its trademark blend of traditional Balkan tunes and funk and jazz elements, will be the first group playing in the concert, to be held in the garden of the French Cultural Center in Taksim.

The six-member Kolektif Istanbul features Richard Laniepce on saxophone, Asli Dogan with vocals, Tamer Karaoglu on accordion, Talat Karaoglu on clarinet, Ertan Sahin on tuba and Ediz Hafizoglu on drums.

Their performance, set to begin at 8 p.m., will be followed at 9 p.m. by Boogie Balagan, comprising French-based musicians Azri and Gabri. The guitarists will be accompanied on stage by Onur Yusufoglu, the drummer of the Turkish ensemble CÜmbÜr Cemaat. The duo is known for their blend of Middle Eastern tunes with rock 'n' roll, aiming to convey messages of peace with their music, which features multiple languages, including Spanish, Arabic and English.

Launched in 1982 by the then-French Minister of Culture Jack Lang, FÊte de la Musique is a worldwide celebration of music and is marked annually on June 21.

(Cihan/Today's Zaman) CIHAN

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Source: Cihan News Agency (Turkey)

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