Kalben (vocals, guitars), Safa Yasin Akyol (bass guitar), Tuğrul Bafra (guitar) en Egemen Özkasnakli (drums)
Göksel (vocals), Can Güngör (drums), Özgür Salici (bass guitar), Özge Metin (violin), Mustafa_ Soydemir (guitar) en Koray Usgülen (keys)
Singer Göksel gives Turkish pop music a retro touch. For more than twenty years this diva Scores high in the rankings. Her songs now belong to the Turkish collective memory, with the song Sabir as all time favorite.
After years as backing vocal with major Turkish stars like Sezen Aksu and Sertab Erener, Göksel released her own album Yollar in 1997. Eight acclaimed albums followed, on which she played her velvet voice perfectly.
With her original mix of folk, indie and acoustic pop, the Turkish singer-songwriter Kalben is a sensation in Istanbul. She gets inspiration from PJ Harvey, Sevinç Tevs, Nazan Öncel, David Bowie and Tom Waits. Now she brings her intelligent girl power to Ghent.
In 2014, Kalben was discovered on the Sofar Sounds platform, a performance with already over 5 million views on Youtube. Since then it has gone hard, with hits like Sadece and Saçlar, for which she won the most important Turkish music prizes.
This ninth edition of the Istanbul Ekspres festival is again as diverse as the city itself. All aspects are included in the program. The vibrant life of the metropolis in the songs of Can Bonomo, Kalben and Göksel. The nostalgia for Istanbul in the 1930s, when the lounges flourished, in the music of Gaye Su Akyol. The exuberant partying and dancing during the Fasil evening. The rich Ottoman tradition at Incesaz and the melting pot of cultures in the festival production Bright Bridges, in which Turkish, Romanian and Belgian musicians find each other. The life of a metropolis tailored to a music stage. Music that moves, touches and makes people dance. Hoşgeldiniz!