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Seb Merrick wrote: It sometimes seems that when the BBC want to do a Turkish music feature they do the simplest thing and turn to Pozitif/Doublemoon, who have good international experience, and Kalan with a good catalogue to fix it - which naturally then influences the content. Don't get me wrong, Doublemoon and Kalan are indeed stories in themselves with some great releases. I represented Doublmoon in the UK for a couple of years and have sold hundreds of Doublemoon and Kalan CDs.
But maybe I have just heard this story rather too many times and know of many more artists and also good Turkish record labels that could also feature. Arabesque stars, Black Sea styles, Turkish Classical music, various religious music, incredible percussion based styles, Anatolian pschedelic rock and contemporary Turkish folk-based easy listening are all genres that would be of interest to non-Turkish world music audiences and need more exploring on radio. A country of 70 odd million with an urban centre of up to 15 million naturally has a huge music scene which needs more work than say good old Mali (12 Million). Turkey in relation to its size and internal music output has been a poor world music relation - almost to the point of prejudice.
The fault for that also lies within the country. Kalan for example regularly gets great reviews in fRoots and Songlines. But their albums are almost impossible to find in the UK. As far as I know they still have not arranged distribution in the UK. I thought Proper had taken them on, but don't find them on the Proper website. One really wonders why, with relatively low Turkish CD production costs, this is the case. The obvious answer is that there is only a small market here, so it's not worth it, a defeatist attitude.
Gustavo wrote:Really liked the photos with the artists, places and Charlie. Keep us supplied with them.
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