BaBa ZuLa are the unrivaled torchbearers of 21st Century psychedelic Turkish rock ’n’ roll.
Since 1996, the band has drawn inspiration from Istanbul’s rich history and the music of the sixties, fusing it with Oriental Dub and an electric energy that guarantees no two live shows are the same.
Their trance-inducing music is equally for electronic, dub, Turkish folk music fans, and psychedelic rock heads. In 2005 they were featured in the film “Crossing The Bridge” which chronicled the diverse musical scene of Istanbul and two of their best-known albums were produced by British dub legend Mad Professor.
Their ritual-like performances are a mixture of disciplines of art, often featuring belly dancers, elaborate costumes, poetry, theatre and live drawing, and by mixing oriental instruments such as the darbuka, electric saz, and spoons with electronics and modern sounds. Despite sounds that might initially come to mind when one hears a phrase like “Oriental Dub”, Baba ZuLa’s music is, in fact, psychedelic Istanbul rock’n’roll that rolls in a way that westerners haven’t heard so frequently since the late ’60s rock epoch.
BaBa ZuLa include Murat Ertel – Electro Bağlama, vocal and effects, Levent Akman – Electronics, percussion and cymbals, Melike Şahin – vocals, Periklis Tsoukalas – Electro Oud and Ümit Adakale – Darbuka.
BaBa ZuLa are taking the stage at two of Melbourne’s finest live music venues0 after their WOMADelaide performances;
- The Night Cat, Fitzroy
17 March 2017 @ 9 PM
- The Sooki Lounge, Belgrave
18 March 2017 @ 6 PM