SOUK BAB EL LOUK

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  • Biography

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    SOUK BAB EL LOUK

    Named after a market square near Tahrir Square in Cairo, Souk Bab El Louk play a selection of classic songs from across the Middle East, North Africa, Turkey and the Balkans. Using traditional instruments from these countries they also blend Western originating instruments, like electric bass guitar to give the songs an underpinning groove similar to Western music genres. Turkish singer Sevilay Turlington sings all Souk's Turkish compositions.

    Souk Bab El Louk can also provide dancers for any event if required, please enquire if you would like a dance element.

    BOOKING

    Souk Bab El Louk can be booked in the following formats:

    6 piece band with dancer ( Total 7 performers ) - This is the main format.

    For special circumstances we could play as 3 - 6 piece band with or without dancer / singer.


    To enquire about rates please CONTACT HERE

  • Band Members

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    CHAS WHITAKER

    DARABUKA / DOUF / RIQ / ZILLS.



    Chas has been playing Middle Eastern and North African percussion for over 20 years. Predominately self-taught he has travelled extensively across Egypt, Turkey and Morocco where he also studied.

    MAREN LUEG

    TRADITIONAL MIDDLE EASTERN WIND INSTRUMENTS - NEY, TURKISH CLARINET, ZURNA AND SAXOPHONE, SILVER AND WOODEN FLUTES.

    Maren was born and raised in Germany and is now resident in the UK. Inspired by the sounds she heard from the Turkish and East European communities. She began studying these styles as well as Jazz, Blues and Latin on the saxophone and flute. She performs regularly with British and Middle Eastern musicians around the UK and has studied such traditional Middle Eastern wind instruments as the Nay (bamboo flute) and Zurna (double reed pipe) in Turkey and Egypt. She has a Masters on the Nay at the London School of African and Oriental Studies.

    SIMON LEACH

    OUD, DAVUL, DOHOLLA.



    Simon Biog Coming Soon.

    JO LEVINE

    ACCORDION, ZILLS.

    Jo was originally inspired by her family's love of folk music, and went on to pursue her music education at University where she began exploring Klezmer and Eastern European repertoires. More recently she has included Twentieth Century Egyptian, Turkish and Arabic Accordion styles.
    She has performed as piano accordionist with various ensembles over the past 18 years, including Eastpole Orchestra, Malarchy,and the Mazaj Quartet as eel as many various theatre productions. Appearances have included WOMAD, Glastonbury and Sunrise Festivals and a wide range of venues across the UK and in Turkey.

    SEVILAY TURLINGTON

    Traditional Turkish Singing.

    Sevilay has been interested in music and singing since she was a child growing up in Turkey, a country rich in many different ethnic musical influences. At the Middle East Technical University in Ankara she attended voice classes and sang in harmony singing choirs, including the Presidential Symphonic Orchestra Choir. She also sang with student bands.
    She has been living in England over a decade.

    CARMEN JONES

    MIDDLE EASTERN DANCE.

    Carmen began her love affair with Arabic dance in the early 1990's. In that time she has acquired knowledge from many great teachers along the way from far and wide. She now shares her joy and experience of the dance with audiences and students nationwide; from the bright lights of a theatre to the grassy fields of a festival, Carmen takes much pleasure in celebrating the occasion with you through her dance.

  • Set List

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    Please find below the list of songs we play as SOUK BAB EL LOUK - they are divided into Arabic and Turkish sections. The best way to see and hear Souk bab el Louk's set list is to see them in action. Any song highlighted in RED is a link to a video of them playing that particular song.

  • Past Events

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    SOUK BAB EL LOUK:

    FESTIVALS

    GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL - Tadpole Stage, Bandstand Stage - 2011.
    AEON FESTIVAL - 2010.
    BATH FRINGE FESTIVAL - 2012.
    FROME FESTIVAL - 2012.

    OTHERS

    HAMILTON HOUSE - Bristol - 2011.
    GREEN PARK TAVERN
    - Bath - 2012.
    CLUB CAIRO - Bath - 2012.

    SOME FLYERS FROM PREVIOUS EVENTS
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SOUK BAB EL LOUK VIDEOS

To see videos for either SOUK BAB EL LOUK with or without singer, please click on the YouTube playlists below. Please click on the "Playlist" icon to navigate and don't forget to set the video quality to the best possible as most of these videos are in HD.