Edip Akbayram Dostlar – Kolum Nerden Aldin Zinciri
Edip Akbayram and his band Dostlar (which translates in English to Friends) released this heavy, progressive sounding Turkish funk track in 1975. The title translates to something about ‘arms’ and ‘chains’ but I can’t quite figure out what it all means. Fighting words such as those, however, do indicate that a political message could be firmly nestled within the monster fuzz and mammoth drums. That would make sense as Akbayram was apparently banned by the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation in 1976 for his leftist activism. The good news being that I believe he is still musically and politically active to this day.