cool summer evening on June 18, with strong winds coming from the sea but the unique
Music House ‘The Soulist’ was soon full with music lovers. The same formation
of musicians had opened the music scene as the first ones in Nicosia to defy the
virus who had kept us isolated for so long.
my friend Sevcan Çerkez,
ceramic artist and fine singer herself, and I did not want to miss this evening:
We usually both come for the Jazz Breakfast at The Soulist.
from the middle of last century, melodies I have listened to and danced to in
my very young years, and Jazz that came to Europe after WWII with the
Americans; I remember those days well; AFN had a radio station in Munich and I
passed it on my way to school, it was the radio station of the American Forces
Network and they started broadcasting on 10 July 1945 until the 1990s. …. It enjoyed immense popularity with
young Germans too, as it allowed them to listen to Jazz and Blues, outlawed
during the ‘Third Reich’, and
later to Rock 'n' Roll and Country music. It also helped Germans learn English
in order to be able to understand the broadcasts.
evening started softly but soon became a very special experience with the
musicians being invited by the vocalist Süleyman Todds after he had started a
well-known melody, to enter with a solo, to bring their own improvisation, and
with the progressing evening the solos became more and more daring and expressive
and told another story of the song. They got carried away and enjoyed themselves
tremendously, just as we, the guests did…. with our bodies moving, joining in
singing and clapping hands.
lovely and joyful evening at The Soulist. Thank you for reminding us oldies of our
young years, music is the best medicine.
photos are by Sevcan Çerkez.