22 January 2007

Monday's mp3: Turkish Smoke on the Water

Long-time SoundRoots readers know that we have an occasional fondness for cover songs. This one comes to us thanks to Riza from Turkey. It's the music of Dolapdere Big Gang, who perform pop and rock songs with classical Turkish instruments, including violin, darbuka, kanun, and violin. Unlike some global cover bands, singer Emir Yesil knows his way around the English language, and puts his own stamp on the lyrics. But the real magic is in the arrangement. Just check out those darbuka runs!

Apparently we've been living under a rock as others beat us to discovering DBG, many of them though a collaboration with Black Eyed Peas (see video). The Turks have also covered Sting's Englishman in New York (see video).

The English side of Dolapdere Big Gang's website is AWOL at present, but you can browse the Turkish side. Little info about the band is available in English, but if they can sustain themselves as something more than a novelty cover band, that should change. Enjoy!

[mp3] Dolapdere Big Gang: "Smoke on the Water"
from the album Local Strangers

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