Music Voyager - Turkey

Istanbul Crossroads

The crossroads of the Bosphorous strait has cultivated civilizations for thousands of years, giving rise to a sprawling metropolis that has nurtured a variety of religions, cultures, languages, cuisine … and has a rhythm that is all its own. This is Istanbul -  The City of the World’s Desire, and we’ll be checking out its sights...and sounds on this episode of Music Voyager. Creative pop star Nil Karaibrahimgil takes us to her favorite trendy boutique, treats us to unplugged performances of some her best-known songs and gives us an exclusive invitation to her private residence where we see firsthand how Turkish pop stars live. We’ve got a backstage pass as rock legend Şebnem Ferah shows off her shredding skills in front of 20,000 screaming fans. And famed clarinetist Hüsnü Şenlendirici invites us to picturesque Maiden’s Island for a jam session by the sea. We toast our exploration of Istanbul’s past and future with a hearty glass of raki, the famed Turkish liqueur, as we are serenaded by street musicians at a traditional Istanbul cafe.