Wednesday, November 28, 2012


Some time ago, I was recommended a song titled as "Simit Mimit" by Çağıl, a dear friend who is into animations. She also noted: "not very serious:P" :).

While its sound is between jazz, balkan and funk, the lyrics are simply a concatenation of names and expressions related to Istanbul. I could simply write pages on them:). Let me simply explain the title. Simit is a circular bread with sesame accompanying the beloved Turkish tea every morning and then.

That song reminded me immediately of another one, "Istanbul (Pas Constantinople)", a french-latin song in swing/jazz style, made by Ayhan Sicimoğlu & Latin All Stars in 2006. It is based on "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" composed by Nat Simon and Jimmy Kennedy in 1929.

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