Deniz Mahir Kartal was born in Istanbul in 1987. He studied Turkish folk dance at the Istanbul Technical University from 2005 to 2011. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree. Apart from dance, his passion above all is for music. Mahir plays rare instruments like Kaval, Duduk and Çağlama and many other traditional instruments, as well as saxophone, clarinet and guitar. He has been making music since the age of five and is working on many projects which are dedicated to the most diverse musical genres, from Anatolian music to Balkan/ska/reggae to electronic music. He plays in different bands from Turkey, Sweden, Germany and the Czech Republic. Mahir has been living in Berlin since 2013. He has made many new contacts in the Berlin music scene and gives regularly concerts all over Europe. He is currently concentrating on his solo project ‚KafaNar‘, in which he creates a hypnotic danceable sound with his various instruments, vocals and loops.