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The ney has “a pure, universal spiritual sound”…it “speaks the language of love, instantly comprehensible in the heart…”

 

 

This weeks Belly Beatz is inspired by my interview with Alia Thabit!

Mercan Dede, also known as DJ Arkin Allen, is a multi-talented musician. He plays the ney and bendir as well as composing, producing and djing.

Dede is know for his fusion of traditional Turkish and Middle-Eastern music with modern electronic sounds. His music is also influenced by sufism and spirituality.

To learn more about Mercan Dede go HERE!

Dede is the musical director of the Guldestan project  – The Istanbul State Ballet. View music videos and videos of the ballet below!