„Our idea is to translate the sound of the two largest migrant communities, namely a sound from Anatolia and Eastern Europe that has remained in Berlin in the broadest sense, into ‚modern‘ and ‚electronic‘ genres. Because most migrants in Germany come from Turkey, followed by Poland. Germany shares a history with both countries. With both cultures, there have been disputes for decades, but also everyday life. Embedded in our sound, we give these two languages and their cultural references space and expression, and thus a place in today’s Berlin club scene.“ – Karmatürji
Karmatürji is a collaboration between musicians Petra Nachtmanova and Ceyhun Kaya, and DJ icon DJIpek Ipekcioglu.
The result is an electronic, multilingual album – an amazing and rare blend that combines Turkish, Polish, English, and German.
Driven by the beats and the clear, impressive voice of Petra Nachtmanova, it often feels as if the language barriers completely dissolve, and we can understand beyond any language barrier.
The songs revolve around the everyday life of the 21st century, nostalgic longing for dreamed-of homelands that ultimately do not exist in that form, and, of course, love.
Karmatürji intentionally incorporate Anatolian and Eastern European songs into their music, occasionally using traditional folk instruments to create a full electronic pop sound.
Petra Nachtmanova sings, writes the songs, and incorporates passages from old folk songs into her lyrics, responsible for the multilingual concept of the songs.
Ceyhun Kaya produces sounds and beats, plays instrumental solos on clarinet, saxophone, bouzouki, and synthesizer.
Ipek Ipekcioglu produces sounds and beats, adding an atmospheric and danceable touch to the music, whether it’s trip-hop, techno, deep house, or other electronic styles. Ipek takes care of the final touch.
In short, Karmatürji is an electronic project in different languages, with references to Anatolian and Eastern European folk songs. The result is a deep, danceable, and international electro-pop sound.