It ain’t easy being Mehmet Erdem. Before a concert in Washington, D.C., Ezgi Üstündağ sat down with the singer to talk about his journey from small-town boy to big-city rocker.
Iain Akerman catches up with wonder woman Yasmine Hamdan before a gig in Dubai to get the skinny on her latest album, Al Jamilat (The Beautiful Ones)
Perwana Nazif talks to Timothy P.A. Cooper and Abeera Arif Bashir of London’s Pirate Modernity radio programme about their search for some of Afghanistan’s funkiest sounds on tape
Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Who knows. What we do know for now is that we can’t get enough of Turkey’s Gaye Su Akyol and her latest album, Empire of Holograms.
Nicolas Gilles, a Frenchman living and working in Cairo, looks at the Egyptian musical phenomenon that is ‘electro-chaabi‘ and contrasts its trajectory with that of hip-hop in France
Ezgi Üstündağ talks to Aslı Doğan and Richard Laniepce of the Turkish group Kolektif Istanbul about their infectious blend of göbek atmak and making it big in the city
Joobin Bekhrad chats with Afghan musician Qais Essar about his latest album, Tavern of Ruin, and how he’s been giving the music of the robab a contemporary kick
Listen to Joobin Bekhrad’s chat with NYC-based rock and roller Rahill Jamalifard degenerate into one about Iranian supermarkets, washed-up pop stars, and chelo kabab
Paola Messina and Mashrou’ Leila multi-instrumentalist Firas Abou Fakher spend some quiet time together, discussing space, silence, and the band’s latest album