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Ozan Ata Canani & Karaba

(Fun in The Church, Leverkusen / München)

As a child prodigy on the Bağlama (Saz) Ata Canani single-handedly invented Turkish Rock'n'Roll sung in German while still in his teens late in the 1970es, dropping socially-aware tunes reflecting the discrimination and harsh living conditions Turkish "guest workers" were facing. Even by the low standards of German hospitality, they were by no means treated as "guests", only as cheap labourers, who were expected to eventually return to their home countries after having profited from the questionable "benefits" of their host country.

Ata was also a member of the influential outfit "Die Kanaken" which also featured the Anadolu Rock originator Cem Karaca who was then living exiled in Köln.

After years in relative obscurity, 2013 Ata was catapulted back into the eye of the music-loving public when his song "Deutsche Freunde" was one of the standout tracks on Trikont's seminal "Songs of Gastarbeiter" compilation. Ata's debut album "Warte mein Land, warte“ was released in May 2021 on Fun in the Church to receive rave reviews - see selected press links below. And the man himself teamed up with München's hottest young combo Karaba for live concerts afterwards.

This Jazz-Kraut formation lets the listener slide into the world of progressive Krautrock. Karaba are Marcel Maier (Embryo) on electric bass, Louis Bankvas on electric guitar, Jakob Thun (Embryo) on drums and Andreas Kainz on Fender Rhodes, synthesizer and organ. The quartet draws inspiration from a wide variety of progressive styles and scenes, but has always retained its own obscure sound character. Their music is related to the aesthetic of Frank Zappa, bands from the Canterbury scene, and world music influences, presumably through the long-standing friendship and musical exchange with the world music legend Embryo.

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Always available - travels: 5 x from München, 1 x from Leverkusen