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Yasmine Hamdan


Yasmine Hamdan, she is amazing sound which comes from Middle East. It is far away from classical East style that mixed with newest.

Yasmine Hamdan was born in Beirut in 1978. She had travelled many times during her life. She spent part her life in Greece, Gulf countries and Paris, and now she is living Beirut. Actually, she was born with Soapkills which is the one of famous electonic band in Middle East. This band became real with her friends. Soapkills is the only one indie/ electronic band in Arabic language and 4 band is following them. After all of them Yasmine Hamdan was called icon underground music area in Arabic world.

She went to Paris several years ago and had started to team up with Mirwais who was past of French electronic new wave band Taxi, Girl In The 80s and procuded/co-wrote Madonna’ s ”Music” as well as ” The American Live” album. And she set up Arabology album (2008) by using name Y.A.S.

After that she team up with Marc Colin who mastermind in this case, became real her own solo album which is called ” Ya Nass”. Ya Nass is vibrant and soft band which has own style. The forgetten details from Arabic woman singer, some of them are Aisha, El Marta, Asmahan, inspired all of song meaning, melody and harmony in every each song which are written in Ya Nass.

Songs are telling us what happened in Middle East history about freedom and developing and there are many irony in it.

Yasmine Hamdan is different from the other because of quality which she has specific style only belongs to herself that is innovative, amazing and the most precious reason is that she is using different dialects in Arabic language. She is helping people to lose theirself in her songs with amazing Arabic pronounciation and soft sound. And when she is doing that she is getting help from present day technology and presenting her renewable structure.

This amazing, gergous sound was in İstanbul İKSV saloon on 6th october. I hope she will come again.

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Firuzaga Cafe

When someone mentions smt about Cihangir,
you can have the first idea which is special cafe to hang out with
your friends, family or all alone. Turists or strangers ask how
they can go somewhere around there, everyone starts to tell them by
choosing main place that is Firuzağa Mosque, how they can go or
find destination from there. It looks like strange but there is a
bakery and cafe, we call it ”kahvehane” ;it means house for
coffee or tea, and restourant under the mosque. Firuzağa Cafe
(kahvehane) is a good place when you struggle to go on to
Sıraselviler Hill. By the way Sıraselviler is really vertical hill
to go on. If you wear h,gh heel shoes, should be better to take
out. Go back to our cafe; prices are really cheap to compare with
other cafes. Simply one glass of tea costs only 2 tl or 1 euro. The
cafe has really specific athmosphere in summer even in winter. You
can not realize how many glass of tea you drink when you sit under
the fresh, cool wind because of 100s ages trees. There is a sales
man in front of the cafe. I always see that man when ever i go. He
sales simit which i really enjoy to eat. It is some kind of bread
that shape is ring. You can have a good and light breakfast with
simit and some piece of cheese and that tea of course from cafe.
Sitting there and reading book is possible with drink. It sounds
enjoyable. Or just watching people where they are going on. Noone
disturbs you when you doing that. Noone cares what other people are
doing. Also there are many people especially girls, tell fortune
after turkish coffee with plenty of bubbles. They are furtune
reader. I prefer to choose a table close to street. It is easier to
watch everything around the street. It is quite and calm place
thats why young/old, girl/boy, everyone chooses the best cafe to do
all possibilities i mentioned in Cihangir. That is why it is my
favourite . Enjoy as much as possible. It is an useful information
how to go. Cihangir is really close to Taksim. It lasts 15 minutes
by walking. The way to go Cihangir is left from beginning of
İstiklal Street. After turning left, keep giong during the way.
After The German Hospital, you will see Firuzağa Kahvehanesi
Another way is from Kabataş. But have to go on during long hill
streets. And any taxi takes you there. Because it is so close like
5 minutes. So i prefer to reach Cihangir by walking from


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