The music of Yola, Yola draws its inspiration from the ancient rhythms and beats of Turkic music. The Turkic people live in a large area that stretches from the Eastern Europe and Middle East to Siberia, China and India, is home to some 200 million Turkic peoples who speak languages belonging to the Turkic branch of the Altaic family of languages. The foothills of the Altai mountains in Central Asia and Russian Siberia is proposed by ethnologists as the most likely original homeland for the Turkic peoples. Modern Turks, Azerbaijanis, Kazakhs, Uzbeks, Turkmens, Tatars, Turcomans, Kyrgyz, Bashkirs, Uighurs, and others derive their language and much of their culture from their Turkic ancestors.
The original Turkic religion is Shamanism. Not only in the broad anthropological sense applied to many diverse tribal people, and commonly associated in popular consciousness with the Native Peoples of the Americas; but it is the religion or spiritual practice that originally gave us the term 'Shaman', which comes from a Central Asian people called the Evenki. Modern Turks call the religion associated with this practice: Gök Tanri, meaning "Sky God" and named after the Turkic deity of the heavens, Tengri or Tanri. In Mongolia and elsewhere this practice is sometimes called Tengerism.
A notable feature of Turkic Shamanism, is the use of music and dance to initiate trance, facilitate spiritual journeys and to convey epic stories and folklore. It has been suggested that the Sufi Dervishes of the Mevlevi Order, famous for their appearance in Turkish tourism adverts, can trace some of their customs to pre-Islamic shamanic traditions. Likewise, the 'Crane Dance' of the Alevi people of Anatolia. Minstrels called Ashik are also thought by some to have been a survival of this tradition. So, for something a bit different from what many in the world are used to, yet still very modern and dance-oriented, with unmistakable techno beats arranged by some of the top DJs of our time, enjoy Yola, Yola - this ancient, but modern Turkic music, contemporary and historic, inspired by these traditions.