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Concerts by Iranian singer Mohsen Namjoo and Belgian musician Selah Sue are this week’s highlights in Istanbul

-Iranian musician Mohsen Namjoo to play for four gigs

Frequently dubbed ‘the Iranian Bob Dylan’ Mohsen Namjoo will be in Turkey to perform four gigs for local fans.

The 39-year-old singer and songwriter will take to the stage on Dec. 12 in Ankara, on Dec. 16 in Bursa, on Dec. 18 in Izmir and on Dec. 19 at Istanbul’s Volkswagen Arena.

The California-based artist is known for mixing classical Iranian music and literature with jazz and rock.

Also an accomplished setar – traditional lute – player, Namjoo began his musical training when he was 12 years old. He later studied theatre and music at Tehran University.

Known by the Turkish audience for his songs Nobahari and Ey Sareban, his latest album Trust the Tangerine Peel was released in May 2014 by Daf-Daf Production.



-Bosnian art in Istanbul

Turkey’s cultural capital is set to host the first solo exhibition of Bosnian artist Sejla Kameric at Istanbul Arter art gallery between Dec. 11 and Feb. 28.

When the Heart Goes Bing Bam Boom got its name from a punk-rock song and it “evokes one of the basic dilemmas of love and life,” Arter says.

The exhibition, which is curated by Basak Doga Temur, gathers “works produced through various media, including video, photography, installation and sculpture,” an Arter statement added.

“Kameric’s works often involve her personal experiences and memories of the Bosnian War,” it added.



-Selah Sue to perform in Istanbul

Belgian musician and songwriter Selah Sue will take to the stage at Istanbul’s Babylon Bomonti on Dec. 17.

The 26-year-old singer’s debut album Selah Sue was released in 2011.

Rolling Stone wrote in 2012: “Selah Sue is proof that the world is smaller, and that MySpace still has a stake in launching careers.

“The Belgian reggae-soul singer placed a few songs on the site at the request of her friends and the rest is history.”