The Kurdish singer Sakina Teyna (Trio Mara, Anatolian Quartet etc.) embodies Anatolian music traditions as different blossoms of a common tree: with tenderness, compassion and eruptive dynamic, she empowers Turkish, Armenian, Persian and her own songs in all the Kurdish languages, modestly flowing with western harmonies laced with strains of Jazz and Latin. In doing so she permeates layers of the soul unknown to occident nor orient. In her adopted home Vienna she has gathered together a choice band, 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 always orient affine percussionist Jörg Mikula. From her roots as a political Kurdish activist, Sakina Teyna embodies 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, restoring a human future. A future in which we can all participate!


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