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Founded in 1996, the band features founding members Levent Akman and Murat Ertel as well as Coşar Kamçı, who replaced original member Emre Onel in 2005.

Described as «Turkey’s most beloved alternative music purveyors» Baba Zula create a unique psychedelic sound, combining Traditional Turkish instruments, electronica, reggae and dub.

The core of their sound is the saz, a Turkish bouzouki like stringed instrument with a bright, high-pitched sound.

In 2005 Baba Zula was exposed to a wider international audience when they were featured in a documentary, Crossing the Bridge by Fatih Akin, which took an in-depth look at Istanbul’s contemporary and avant-garde music scene.

Baba Zula in Video :

Last Albums

"do NOT obey"

 (sortie le 30 Septembre 2016)

 chez Milan Records/ Universal

en tournée 2017/2018


to listen :

  1. Do NOT Obey - do NOT obey
  2. No place for strangers - do NOT obey

Line Up :

Murat Ertel : saz,guitare, teremin
Özgür çakirlar: percussions
Melike Sahin : Voice

Levent Akman : bendir, def, cymbales, gong
Murat Ertel : electric oud

The press speaks about it. :

"Their last album gecekondu offers us a sound full of surprises just like BaBaZuLa’s legendary ritualistic stage performances." 

Bant Magazine

"The first time you listen to Baba Zula, the music will strike a blow to your head and your body, and you will immediately begin to move to the rhythm.You will eel the passion –even if you don’t speak Turkish." 

Karen Krüger, Frankfurt Allgemeine Zeitung

"A furious play of traditions: Baba Zula make the music that befits Istanbul.A Turkish version of Krautrock, the movement that modernized German music in the 70s." 

Daniel Bax, Die Zeit

"BaBa ZuLa is unique yet familiar!" 

Hal Willner (producer) 

Scenic references :

Babel Med Musique à Marseille (13) - Fiesta del suds - Festival Tempo Rives à Angers - Festival Les Musicaves, Givry (71) - La Bellevilloise Roskilde Festival (DK) - Sofia Film Festival (BG) - Klinkende Munt Festival (BE) - Arezzo Wave Festival (IT) - Images of Middle East (multi-city DK tour) - Cologne Triennale (DE) - Printemps de Bourges (FR) - Şimdi/Now Festival (DE) - Era Nowe Horyzonty, Wrocław, (PL) - the Boost Festival (NL) and the Venice Biennial

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