Drawing on the many superb songs of the Rembetiko repertoires of Anatolia and Greece, Café Aman Istanbul marks a new beginning for Rembetiko in Istanbul. Reviving and renewing the Café Aman, the melting-pot culture of the Ottoman Empire of a century ago, the group takes us on a journey back to the taverns, which were a mainstay of Ottoman life. The group performs in both Greek and Turkish and aims at bringing this music and its dances fully back to life, as if Rembetiko in Anatolia had not died out along with so many other aspects of multi-cultural, Ottoman life.