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Sarp Keskiner & Kemal Begtas Collaborate on New Release

Coming from overtly eclectic backgrounds by means of musical tastes and practices, Nobody Has No Time (to Listen to Music Completely)is a singular collaboration effort of two veterans of the Smyrnian music scene. Kemal Begtaş on Irish bouzouki, bass, beats

and Sarp Keskiner on electric rhythm and slide guitars.

Recorded in 2017 and only broadcast on Vimeo briefly, the unreleased track suggests a unique blend, based on old school Mancunian beats resembling the early 90’s, with a pinch of Mediterranean salt and a spoonful of gravy.

This track is called and treated as a strict imposer of “Izmir sound” and was recorded, arranged, edited and mixed in Izmir, Turkey by Kemal Begtas.

Released through Bone Union Records ( a subsidiary of Black & Tan Records ) which was founded in June 2020 by Sarp Keskiner (TR) and Jan Mittendorp (NL) in order to create a ground for mutual cultural exchange. The label aims to document a neglected musical scene in Turkey not just by releasing archival material from the mid-90’s to this date; but also keen on releasing brand new material from Turkish artists. Though the scope mainly consist rare recordings of local traditional blues, urban blues and gospel acts, the material varies wildly by inclusion of folk, funk, dub, noise and experimental releases, that goes way beyond the borders of conventional blues. Thus, the label supports any musical efforts to improve the chances of exchange of blues and neighbouring genres between Netherlands and Turkey.


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