Tufan Derince

Mar 14, 2024

11:00pm – 11:40pm CT

Flamingo Cantina

Tufan Derince, a young Kurdish musician from Diyarbakir in Southeastern Turkey, is a master of the elektrobağlama, performing an electrified version of Kurdish folk music. Now based in Rotterdam, he is in high demand as a performer at events integral to the cultural lives of Kurdish communities throughout Europe and across Turkey.

Tufan returns to SXSW 2024 after great acclaim and amazement in 2022.
Rolling Stone gave a rave review for Tufan's 2022 SXSW Showcase.
“'We play Kurdish folk music,' the Tufan Derince Group said to begin their set at the International Day Stage in Brush Square Park. What they failed to mention, however, is that they absolutely rock. For 40 euphoric minutes, the trio, originally from Turkey, immersed fans in Kurdish culture with songs that inspired dancing, chanting, and, at one point, a joyful, rotating crowd circle. (It’s no surprise that their music is popular at weddings.) Derince, the namesake of the band, is the Eddie Van Halen of the elektrobaglama — his fingers moved up and down the neck of his lute-like instrument with lightning speed, effortlessly connecting the genres of world music, folk, and even metal. A mesmerizing experience."

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