By Roland Eyerich (DJ at Bayrak International Radio) …..
If you drive along the coastal road west from Girne you arrive in Alsancak, and will see the Coffee and Music House “The Soulist” (Karaoglanoglu Caddesi no 10) opposite Lemar and the Golden Lady. This Coffee and Music House is unique in the area.
You can see that the owners, Alper Cengiz (lead singer of the group Soulstuff from Istanbul) and his wife Yeliz have put a lot of emphasis on the details here. Music is at the centre of the stage. Furnishings and musical background for coffee enjoyment, trumpets as ceiling lighting, musical instruments and memories of musicians on the walls all add to the atmosphere of the coffee house.
During the day you can enjoy delicious coffee of different kinds, as well as homemade savoury and sweet pastries. This enjoyment is rounded off by good music. There is live music twice a week. Every Wednesday and Friday evening you can hear blues or jazz music (to be recommended), especially since Alper Cengiz sings himself now and again. The live Gigs start at about 9.30pm.
The love of music is also felt when you visit a live event. Alper Cengiz has put a lot of emphasis on the acoustics here and at a live concert you get the feeling of a small music hall.
It is easy to enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, which makes it a recommended place, whether just meeting friends, reading a book, studying, or just listening to good music.
The Hürriyet newspaper from Istanbul has named “The Soulist” as one of the act activities places of Northern Cyprus. On the 19th of February Gülse Birsel from Hürriyet wrote “Best place for live music”
We recently met up with Roland at The Soulist and enjoyed a coffee and chat with him and would agree the coffee house has a lovely atmosphere. While we were there many people came to enjoy a coffee and cake, both inside and outside on the terrace area as it was a nice sunny day. We have yet to experience a music evening but this will be on our list of things to do in the near future.
Roland has a weekly music programme for German listeners on Bayrak International Radio which is aired on a Sunday at 9pm. Click here to go to this channel or tune in to FM 87.8 and FM105 for live streaming.