World Heart Beat World Heart Beat Embassy Gardens

Çigdem Aslan and Živorad Nikolic

Traditional Sevdalinka songs as well as urban songs from Eastern Mediterranean, Balkan, Anatolian cities and beyond, exploring the full spectrum of love; from passion and desire to heartache and joy.

Friday 09 February 2024


Tickets: £15 - £25

Sevdah Serenades: Love Across Ages & Lands

Çigdem Aslan and Živorad Nikolic unite their diverse backgrounds to create an evening that celebrates the universal theme of love in all its forms.

Çigdem Aslan, celebrated for her evocative vocals, leads the audience on a profound exploration of love songs, with her hauntingly beautiful voice. With a career marked by several acclaimed album releases, including “Mortissa” and “A Thousand Cranes,” Cigdem’s musical prowess extends beyond live performances, captivating audiences worldwide. Her enchanting voice and exceptional artistry have graced renowned stages, such as the Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall, and Elbphilharmonie, where she’s been lauded for her emotional depth and cultural resonance. 

Slight of form but full of content, Çigdem Aslan is a lioness of Greek and Turkish song

(***** Evening Standard)

Živorad Nikolic, a virtuoso accordionist with a classical music background, is the instrumental heartbeat of the duo. He infuses their music with vibrant rhythms and melodies, drawing from his rich Serbian heritage. In addition to his instrumental prowess, Živorad will enchant the audience by singing songs in Serbian, adding an authentic and soulful dimension to their performance. 

Earlier this year Çigdem and Živorad released a live garage performance of 4 songs on Karaca Music which are available to watch and listen to on all digital platforms.

Çigdem and Živorad, are members of She’koyokh, a world-renowned world music ensemble that has been hailed as

One of the finest and most entertaining British-based exponents of global music

(The Guardian)

With a deep respect for tradition and some contemporary twists, the duo hope to take the timeless beauty of these melodies to new audiences.

Çigdem Aslan and Živorad Nikolic

Date Friday 09 February

Tickets £15 - £25

  • Doors: 6:30 pm
  • Stage: 7:30 pm

Where WHB Embassy Gardens, 3 Ponton Road, SW11 7BD

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Accessibility: World Heart Beat Embassy Gardens is a fully accessible venue. If you have any questions or special requirements, please email

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