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AySay (DK)

Aarhus band AySay have made a name for themselves on the Danish folk roots scene in short order. With singer and saz player Luna Bülow Ersahin in front, AySay build a bridge between the traditional folk music of Turkey and western folk and pop. The songs are in Danish, Turkish or Kurdish, and the music flows seamlessly between traditional acoustic instruments and electronic elements. In the autumn of 2021, AySay released their debut album Su Akar (Turkish for “water flows”), which Danish music magazine Gaffa gave 5 stars. In 2022 AySay won three prizes at Danish Music Awards Roots: Roots Name of the Year, Roots Composer (Luna Bülow Ersahin) and Roots Release(Su Akar). Interest in the band is growing steadily, and in 2022 AySay toured Denmark, Germany and Canada. AySay are: Luna Bülow Ersahin, vocal, saz, synth; Aske Døssing Bendixen, electronic and acoustic percussion; Carl West Hosbond, guitar; and Jens Mikkel Madsen, bass.