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İstanbul, Istanbul, Turkey | INDIE

İstanbul, Istanbul, Turkey | INDIE
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Nani 2010



KARMATE was born when Resul Dinar, Ismail Avci and Oktay Üst met in 2008. Karmate literally means “mill” in the Laz (Northern Turkey) dialect. Karmate symbolizes production, labor and unrequited sharing for the people of the Black Sea region. “Karmate” as the name of the band is meant to symbolize the efforts of the musicians involved for saving the almost forgotten languages, lyrics and melodies of the unique culture of the Black Sea region. Karmate’s first release “nani” by Kalan Music label includes songs in Turkish, Laz, Megrel, Georgian, Hemshin and Roman, all of which are languages spoken in the region.
Karmate creates its magic by reproducing traditional songs from the region featuring both modern and ethnic instruments. In their songs Karmate touches on sensitive recent issues such as the environmental destruction caused by the greed of modern economical polices and the threat on the existence of local communities and the sustainability of their cultural heritage.
Band Members
Resul Dindar Lead singer
Oktay Üst Singe, Kemençe
Ismail Avci Tulum
Gökhan Özkan Accordion, Panduri, singer
Muhterem Sur Buzuki, Lavta, Baglama
Eshat Alpay Guitar
Yildiray Yalçinkaya Bass
Ömür Arslan Percussion