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Baul Meets Saz Namaz 2GN006 CD
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FormatAudio CD
Ordering Number2GN006
labelSeyir Muzik
Release date17/08/2018
  • Gültekin, Emre: vocals, saz
  • Malabika Brahma: vocals
  • Sanjoy Khyapa: dubki, guitar, dotara
Guest musician
  • Hovanissian, Vardan: duduk
  • Nathan Daems: kaval
  • Ruben Tenenbaum: violin
  • Yildirim, Levent: percussion
Tags: arabic

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      Singer and saz player Emre Gültekin was born in Belgium and learned music from his father, Lütfü Gültekin. His technique, his fine playing and his deep voice have been recorded in many projects, including Gültekinler, Talipler, Blindnote and more recently, Vardan Hovanissian & Emre Gültekin and Guo Gan & Emre Gültekin. His repertoire focuses on the songs of the asik, bards of Anatolia who travel from village to village carrying their songs. Emre presents himself as a troubadour of modern times, equipped with his saz, the long-handled lute emblematic of Turkey.

      A year ago, Emre met the Indian duo BrahmaKhyapa, an outstanding couple of traditional musicians, who perpetuates the tradition of Baul music. Malabika Brahma (vocals) and Sanjay Khyapa (dubki, dotara) fell immediately the possible connections between saz and Baul music.

      They are both musical and spiritual : repertoires, similarities between the communities to which they belong, nomadic way of life, and echoes they found in their poetry. Thus was born the idea of an album they are preparing for summer 2018, which is a tribute to the values shared by these two cultures. They call into question the meaning of borders, travel, wealth, wisdom and love.


      Born in 1980 in La Louvière (Belgium), Emre Gültekin specialized over the years in the practice of saz, the name given to long-necked lutes family in Turkey. He first learned to play saz with his father Lütfü Gültekin. Later, he worked with masters such as Talip Özkan or Mustafa Karaçeper.

      Emre collaborated with many musicians from various origins, such as Dadmehr (Iran), Malick Pathé Sow (Senegal), Goran Bregoviç (Serbia - Croatia), Wouter Vandenabeele (Belgium), and others. Currently, he is expanding his musical practice into composing film music and playing in several projects with whom he toured around the world : Vardan Hovanissian & Emre Gültekin, Osuna, Guo Gan & Emre Gültekin. He toured around the world. Emre teaches saz in Brussels (Muziekpublique).


      Malabika Brahma (vocals) and Sanjay Khyapa (dabki, dotara) were born in Kolkata. Their love for music brought them together fifteen years ago. The Baul culture is rooted in Bengal (Eastern India), where musicians move from place to place and play a sacred repertoire encompassing Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, yoga and Tantra. Malabika sings centennial poems in his warm and subtle voice, supported by Sanjay, who plays the dabki (percussion) and the dotara (lute). The obvious complicity of the duo, in section in music and in life, is naturally reflected on stage.

      In 2015, during a musical workshop they lead the AKDT of Libramont, they pose a foot in Belgium for the first time. They meet the Belgian duo Auster Loo (Lydie Thonnard, Simon Leleux), with whom they record some pieces of the CD Rhythm & Breath (Home Records, 2016).

      They have since come back to Belgium and gave a dozen concerts.

      Tracklist hide

      CD 1
      • 1.Hridaya07:35
      • 2.Kala re10:43
      • 3.Nodi Bhora dheu06:01
      • 4.Jaat Gyalo05:25
      • 5.Dil ki Doya06:40
      • 6.Namaz11:05
      • 7.Ami Tomae Bhoje + Derman Sendedir18:00
      • Total:01:05:29