The kurdish singer Sakina Teyna (Trio Mara, Anatolian Quartett etc.) is embodying Anatolian music traditions as different blossoms of a common tree: with tenderness, full of an eruptive power, she is singing turkish, armenian, persian, her own and songs in all the kurdish languages, modest with western harmonies and laced with strains of Jazz and Latin. In doing so she invades layers of the soul which neither occident nor orient knows. An totally unexplored territory. In her adopted home Vienna she gathered a choice band around herself, each one a master and an aficionado in his subject: the persian Jazz-Wizard Mahan Mirarab at guitars and setar, the turkish violinist Efe Turumtay, the clarinet player Oscar Antoli and the allways orient affine percussionist Jörg Mikula. As a political kurdish acitivist from the beginning on, Sakina Teyna is embodying a kurdish consciousness fitting in this age with her timeless chansons, which in the teeth of all obstacles and in a feminine, sophisticated and anti nationalistic way rescues a common Anatolian past into a human future. A future which we can all participate in.


Line Up:

Sakina Teyna – Vocals

Mahan Mirarab – Guitar :

Efe Turumtay – Violin- :

Oscar AntolÍ – Clarinet :

Jörg Mikula – Percussion :




Sakina & Friends © Derya Schubert Gülcehre
Sakina & Friends © Derya Schubert Gülcehre
Oscar Antoli © Georg Cizek-Graf
Mikula © Mikula
Efe Turumtay © Özgün Yarar
Mahan Mirarab © Reza Maleki