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Baba Zula – Notes Are Not Music

Baba Zula is a psychedelic parallel universe whose heart and epicentre is located in Istanbul. Celebrating their 20th anniversary, the band released the compilation »XX«, which features a vast array of collaborators including Sly & Robbie, Mad Professor, Dr. Das of Asian Dub Foundation, and Alexander Hacke of Einstürzende Neubauten. Electric saz player Osman Murat Ertel, percussionist and machinist Mehmet Levent Akman, who together formed this so-called »psychebelly dance music« group in 1996, and electric oud player Periklis Tsoukalas talked to skug after a mesmerizing, high-energy evening at the Porgy & Bess Jazz & Music club in Vienna. When we left the club, we noticed that the snow-covered cars in the alley had been magically tagged with Baba Zula logos …

Michael Franz Woels


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