The zills, aka finger cymbals, pictured here are the standard tourist fare version, with a single hole in the middle. If you’re serious, or even semi-serious about learning to belly dance and wanting to produce sound with the cymbals strapped to your fingers, don’t buy these. Because they’ll be almost impossible to control. There is a version with parallel slots in each cymbal. Buy those.
Consider yourself warned.
Today’s Pic du Jour, the 358th straight, was taken in Istanbul on 12-Mar-2012. Snagging this one from its virtual pile reminded me that I have about 1,000 images from that visit to Istanbul that I haven’t even begun to edit, process or organize. If that was the only group of 1,000 that I needed to catch up with, life would be a dream. But it’s not, so drastic measures need to be taken.
To cull that down to a gallery of 35, 40 tops. A spring cleaning project.
In the meantime, check out this post, Light In Babylon: An Istanbul Street Music Quickie, one of the most visited posts on Piran Café. It features four portraits of the Light in Babylon band members, available via a creative commons license. And links to some of their music, too. Enjoy!