What’s common between Brooklyn Funk Essencials’ Grammy nominee album “In The Buzzbag” (1998), the trilling U2 concert 3 years ago in Istanbul, 23th edition of Akbank Jazz Festival happening now in Babylon Club – the leading live music venue in Turkey and melomans’ favorite Crossing The Bridge: The Sound Of Istanbul (2005) – Fatih Akin’s documentary aboutthe underground music scene in Istanbul.
The answer is Ahmet Ulug – one of the main pillars in entertainment and musical scene in Turkey.
Due to the political situations in Turkey and Bulgaria and mostly because of the lack of adequate coverage of the local medias we offered Ahmet to share with PROVO what actually is happening in our South neighbor and information about protests in Bulgaria was published in the September issue of Babylon Mag.
What happens in Istanbul the last few months?
The occupation of Gezi Park began at the end of May, as developers removed trees in the first step of a major development plan that would transform Taksim Square and replace Gezi with a remake of Topcu Kislasi which was an Ottoman-era military barrack with a shopping mall in it. The occupation lasted for 20 days. Gezi Park was among a few public green spaces in Istanbul and still it is. After the police interference to empty the Gezi Park people started public forums in the parks all around Istanbul to discuss on the situation of the resistance and political movements.
What were people’s demands in the protests? Were they fulfilled?
It all started with a park but people’s demands were beyond that. They wanted to put an end to police brutality and violent reaction of the government to protesters at the park and all around Turkey. They wanted a free media. They wanted dialogue. They all acted in a peaceful way. Unfortunately, I’m not sure if anyone is fulfilled with any feeling of justice or equality but I’m not. Nevertheless everybody saw that they can change something.
What do you know about the recent situation in Bulgaria? Does Turkish Medias broadcast the over 100-days protests in Sofia?
At the beginning, yes. We were all aware of what was happening in Bulgaria. Turkish media pays attention to protests abroad more than what’s happening in Turkey.
How does Istanbul Twilight look now?
Well, it looks foggy but calm and full of hope.
*Istanbul Twilight is a Brooklyn Funk Essentials song from the album “In The Buzzbag”, recorded in Istanbul (author).
I stumbled to an event Istanbul Gaz Festivali – a creative invocation to people to go out on the streets. What was the social networks’ role in the protests?
While biased media was broadcasting documentaries of penguins, protesters used Twitter and other social platforms to spread information and organize demonstrations, give healthy data to the masses to take action and regularly dominating Twitter’s list of worldwide trends to take attention of the world.
You published on Babylon Istanbul Club facebook page that the club doors are open for tear gas injured, what was happening in the club during the protests?
At that time, Babylon Club was closed but Babylon Lounge was still open. We opened our gates to everyone who was in Taksim. We were serving food, water and we had a little first aid kit to help injured people. We were also taking cats in our neighborhood which were running away from the teargas.
I read in one of your facebook status that one of your artists was injured during the first clashes of the protests. What is her condition now?
Lobna is recovering slowly but the damage unfortunately will be with her all her life.
Istanbul has always been a secular and cultural centre. Do you think isliyama’s latest attempt to destroy it was successful?
Sounds cliché but Istanbul is famous for its cultural diversity but I don’t think that these protests were related to religion. Against all discussions and interventions we’re still secular.
Thanks to you and Faith Akin’s documentary “Crossing The Bridge: The Sound Of Istanbul” many Bulgarians became familiar with the local underground music and folklore. Are you familiar with the Bulgarian traditions and folklore?
Unfortunately, no. What a shame!
In the late 90s on Efes Pilsen One Love Festival the special guests Brooklin Funk Essentials were fascinated by a local band Laco Taifa, spent some time in a studio together, inspired by a local brand of wine Buzzbag and the result was BFE’s album “In The Buzzbag”, produced by Double Moon – a Grammy nominee in the world music genre that year. This is a bright example of successful multi-cultural collaboration. Share with us more colaborative stories?
We love collaborations… This week as part of the jazz festival we are joining Mulatu Astatke* from Ethiopia with local musicians.
* Mulatu Astatke is the “father” of Ethiopian jazz. In the 60’s he became the first African student graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston (author).
What is your Pozitif message to PROVO audience?
Music is love, music is peace, music is respect!
18 comments on “Ahmet Ulug: People saw that they can change something”
I need to to thank you for this very good read!! I certainly enjoyed every bit of it.
I’ve got you saved as a favorite to look at new things you post…
Very good article. I definitely appreciate this web
Hey are using WordPress for your site platform? I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and create my own.
Do you require any coding knowledge to make your own blog?
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Hello! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to
give a quick shout out and say I really enjoy reading through your posts.
Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that deal with the same topics?
Thanks for your time!
Just desire to say your article is as surprising.
The clearness in your post is just excellent and i could assume you are
an expert on this subject. Fine with your permission allow me
to grab your RSS feed to keep updated with forthcoming post.
Thanks a million and please keep up the gratifying work.
Hi to all, the contents present at this web site are in fact amazing
for people experience, well, keep up the good work fellows.
It’s going to be ending of mine day, but before ending I am just reading this fantastic post to increase my
My spouse and I absolutely love your blog and find a lot
of your post’s to be exactly I’m looking for.
Would you offer guest writers to write content for you personally?
I wouldn’t mind producing a post or elaborating
on a few of the subjects you write with regards to here.
Again, awesome blog!
Its just like you read my mind! You seem to grasp a great
deal about this, including you wrote the book within it or anything.
I think that you simply can use some p.c. to
pressure your message house a little, but rather than that, which is
fantastic blog. An excellent read. I will certainly be back.
If some one desires being updated with hottest technologies
then he must be visit this website and be updated constantly.
What’s up, its pleasant article regarding media print, we all be aware of media is a impressive source of data.
Hi there, all is going perfectly here and ofcourse every one is sharing information,
that’s actually excellent, keep up writing.
Great post. I was checking constantly this blog and I’m inspired!
Extremely helpful information particularly the remaining section 🙂 I handle such info a lot.
I had been looking for this particular info for the very long time.
Thanks and all the best.
You ought to be a part of a contest first
from the greatest websites on the net. I am going to recommend this site!
Good web site you possess here.. It’s hard to find quality writing like yours these days.
I actually appreciate people just like you! Be mindful!!