A LUMINOUS NEW TALENT SINGING HER HEART OUT.
Istanbul is a tough mistress. Even if she loves you, she doesn’t make life easy. Whether you’re Turkish or yabanci (foreigner) she doesn’t really mind. I often think of Istanbul as a wonderful muse with a mean right hook. But if you continue to love her, and treat her like the empress she is, she might just grant you her favor.
Thanks to plenty of love the Empress is becoming an international city again, as she was in Ottoman times. She’s attracting talent from within and from without. That’s why last night I was fantastically pleased to see my friend Fleur and her group Odylle take the stage at Ghetto to celebrate the release of their debut album, Istanbul Bana Ne Yaptin? (what did you do to me?).
DON’T LOOK BACK. YOU’VE JUST STARTED.
Fleur O. Van Wijck came to Istanbul to do her masters degree at Bogaziçi University — which she completed with top honors — and not lacking in any energy, talent or ambition went on to join with a formidable group of Turkish musicians to create her first album.
It hasn’t always been easy for them, but, last night it seemed to me, moving from the tiny cramped stage where I first saw them perform two years ago, they’ve triumphed magnificently. Congratulations, Odylle. It’s only beginning.
ISTANBUL BANA NE YAPTIN? is on sale now. Available from iTunes, Amazon.com and
your local music shop (which I encourage you to support).