Ark?n Il?cal? (born 1966), better known as Mercan Dede, also known as DJ Ark?n Allen, is a Turkish composer, ney and bendir player, DJ and producer. He divides his time between Turkey, Europe and North America. He is a world music artist, playing a fusion of (traditionally acoustic) Turkish and other oriental musics with electronic sounds.His best known albums include Seyahatname, Su, and Nar. He has worked in collaboration with Turkish and international musicians such as Susheela Raman, Dhafer Youssef, Sheema Mukherjee (Transglobal Underground) and Hugh Marsh.
The sound of Mercan Dede incorporates traditional instruments from Turkey and other parts of the world, with horns, drum'n'bass dance beats, ambient electronic music and a sufi spirituality. (The name Mercan Dede itself evokes sufism as "Dede" is the word for 'elder' in the sufi traditions, although the name Mercan Dede in fact was taken from a character in a modern Turkish novel). The music is all composed by Dede,
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