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Karadeniz!
Istiklal Street which crosses Istanbul’s new town on the European side. Day and night, no matter when, there are always people walking and hanging out on this street, one of the busiest streets in Istanbul.



There are innumerable cafes and bars on the side streets from Istiklal Street. From Turkish folk music to Techno music, a lot of bars and clubs are blasting their sounds into the street, it is like a big flood of music.

Two weeks ago on Saturday night, when we were going though one of the side streets, suddenly “Karadeniz” music jumped into our ears. Karadeniz means Black Sea, in Turkish, there is very original and characteristic music and dance, people from there are very proud of their unique culture.

Bob is a big fan of music from Karadeniz and he influenced me to be also the big fan of it. Two years ago, we even visited towns like Trabzon or Rize (a center of Turkish tea farming) and villages near the Black sea coast.

The street party is approaching a climax; people are holding their hands and becoming one line, weaving through the tables on the little street.

Barabar

The vocals is shouted to the high speed Karadeniz rhythms, on the left is Kemence, an ancient form of violin, on the right is Tulum, a bagpipe, both of them are important for their music.

Barabar

The audiences are enjoying powerful Karadeniz music.

Barabar

Barabar

After they finish the stage, we tried to speak with the musicians. They didn’t really speak English but a man near us translated and we could know they were going to play at another bar tonight, Saturday night is long enough to enjoy! So we moved the bar, and music started.

Sokak

As soon as music starts, of course the dancing does too. The dancers hold each other’s hands to make a line, their bodies were going up and down and they shake their shoulders too. Everybody knows how to dance from their bottom of hearts or core of their bodies, they must be from Karadeniz.

Sokak

The vocalist also danced in the “Karadeniz” way.

Sokak

These musicians, and many of the audience, are also called “Laz” an ethnic minority group in the region. On the stage they speak Turkish but in between them they speak Laz.

One girl extended her hand to me to join their dance, and I was in the circle next moment. I tried to make steps as watching their steps and moved my shoulders.

For them, tonight is the night to enjoy their hometown music, I am just a stranger who suddenly showed up, but they pulled me to dance with them so naturally. I was so moved and my body and heart were warmed up well.

Sokak
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