Baba Zula
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Baba Zula
BaBa ZuLa
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BaBa ZuLa performing in 2011
Background information
OriginIstanbul, Turkey
GenresPsychedelic, experimental, avant-garde, reggae, dub, world fusion, psychedelic folk, electronica, rock
1996 (1996)-present
MembersMurat Ertel
Levent Akman
Periklis Tsoukalas
Melike ?ahin
Özgür Çak?rlar
Emre Onel
Ceren Oykut
Ço?ar Kamç?

BaBa ZuLa is a Turkish alternative musical group, founded in Istanbul in 1996.[1] With a wide variety of influences and a wide range of instruments, they create a unique psychedelic sound.


Founded in 1996, the band features Levent Akman and Osman Murat Ertel till today. Latest incarnation added Periklis Tsoukalas, Melike ?ahin and Özgür Çak?rlar. The other founder member Emre Onel was replaced by Co?ar Kamç? in 2005. He was replaced by Özgür Çak?rlar in 2012. BaBa ZuLa added live drawing artist Ceren Oykut into the mix in 2004. She left the band in 2010. Her presence onstage had added an important visual aspect to BaBa ZuLa's live performances. Akman, Ertel, and Onel originally formed BaBa ZuLa as a side project of now disbanded psychedelic Anatolian rock group ZeN.[2]

Group started performing internat?onally with Kumanova Jazz Festival in 2003 and gradually started building an international audience as well as a cult following in Turkey.

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.[1][3]

Musical style

Described as "Turkey's most beloved alternative music purveyors"[3] 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.[3]

They use a revolutionary approach to electric saz combining it both with retro and hi end electronic effects that creates an original sound that was not present before them.

BaBa ZuLa have performed at festivals such as The Spirit of Tengri (Almaty, Kazakhstan), Images of Middle East (multi-city Denmark tour), Roskilde Festival (Denmark), Sofia Film Festival (Bulgaria), Klinkende Munt Festival (Belgium), Printemps de Bourges (France), Cologne Triennale (Germany), ?imdi/Now Festival (Germany), Arezzo Wave Festival (Italy), the Venice Biennial (Italy), the Boost Festival (Netherlands) and the Era Nowe Horyzonty (Wroc?aw, Poland).


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Former members

Guest musicians

International guests:

Turkish guests:


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  1. ^ a b Erich Kocina Psychedelische Klänge aus Istanbul in Wien, Die Presse, 1 July 2007. Retrieved 2012-01-05.
  2. ^ Nick Hobbs, "Istanbul Grooves", fRoots June 2008, pp. 59-61.
  3. ^ a b c .Reinvigorating roots, Innerviews, 2008. Retrieved 2012-01-05.

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