In 2005, Putumayos head of A&R, Jacob Edgar, traveled to Istanbul to immerse himself in Turkeys culture and discover its music. Though its cities are filled with the ancient architecture of its long history, Turkey is considered one of the most modern Muslim countries in the world. This cultural juxtaposition is most evident in Turkeys contemporary pop music scene, where classical traditions and instrumentation blend with sophisticated global pop and dance music. Putumayo World Musics Turkish Groove reflects this unique musical mosaic and joins the successful Groove series, which has sold over one million CDs. Much like their Western pop counterparts, Turkish stars push the limit of their societys standards of acceptability. As a result, Turkish pop music has crossed over to audiences outside Turkey, making inroads into the contemporary scenes of Europe and Latin America though remaining largely unknown in other parts of the world. As Turkish pop takes its place on the international stage, its fusions of cultural traditions and modern techniques play to an ever-expanding audience. Putumayos Turkish Groove hopes to serve as an introduction to the contemporary sounds of this culturally rich country.