Istanbul Street Music

Istanbul has  lively street music performances similar to other metropolitan cities in the world. While you are walking on the pedestrian street called Istiklal Caddesi or Beyoglu, you can hear the rhythms and sounds of Anatolia.  If you click the link below, you can listen to a song played with Kemence by a man from Black Sea region.

The term Kemence kemenche  (Turkish , Armenian, Laz , Azerbaijani, Persian, Greek) is used to describe two types of three-stringed bowed musical instruments.It is a word Persian in origin meaning ‘little bow’. It is sometimes called the karadeniz kemenchesi (Turkish for Black Sea fiddle) and the Pondiaki lyra (Greek for Pontic lyra) or lyra of Constantinople.


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