November 9, 2018 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Nieuwe Kerk Spui 175 Den Haag
A Musical Journey: Tamala and Mehmet Polat & Embracing Colours

Two concerts for the price of one, consisting of a trio of Belgian/Sengalees musicians, as well as a group of Turkish, Spanish, Moldavian and German nationals.

A Musical Journey is about the international musical meetings between musicians from different corners of the world.


Tamala is a Belgian/Sengalees trio where the music comes straight from the heart. Tamala means ‘travellers’ and they make beautiful acoustic music in which you can hear the poetic passion from musical troubadours. This combination of singing, violin and kora (which is a West-African harp) enchants the listener. Mola Sylla is one of the very great singers within the tradition of the Senegalees “griotten”, an African ethnic group. “It looks as if we play jazz, but we play in the African tonality. ” says Wouter Vandenabeele, the Belgian violinplayer. The trio has been working with Zap Mama, Vaya con Dios, Baba Maal and you could hear them before at the VPRO tv-program “Vrije Geluiden”.

Cast: Bao Sissoko (kora), Mola Sylla (singing, xalam), Wouter Vandenabeele (violin)


Mehmet Polat & Embracing Colours

After the sublime album “Ageless Garden” Mehmet Polat (he is the composer and plays the ud) is going to play with a brand new jazz quartet! Polat brings together three great jazz musicians and has created a complete new musical composition of ud, drums, contrabass, and accordeon. After touring throughout the world with his ensembles who were and have been inspired by the rich musical traditions of The Middle East, Africa, India, Europe and The Balkan countries, Polat is searching for a more jazzy basis for his compositions. And of course as always he leaves much space for improvisations. The results are an adventurous sound and a rich musical experience for the audience.

Cast: Mehmet Polat (Turkey) – ud & compositions; Joan Terol Amigo (Catalonia) – drums; Hendrik Müller (Germany) – bass; Oleg Fateev (Moldavia) – accordeon

This concert has been organized in cooperation with The Zuiderstrand Theater.