Saturday, December 20, 2008


A while ago, I posted a stencil of the number eight. On the same wall you could see this one with three faces. Who are they ? Three singers considered to be the best singers of the Turkish folk music (mostly Turkish folk and Ottoman classical music, with an arabesque style).

The one on the left is Müslüm Gürses, "Gürses" being a scene name meaning "strong voice". His talent and his special style have put him to a different place among other folk singers. In his songs he mostly expresses sorrow and painful feelings (listen here). He is considered a cult figure in Turkish folk music and has a very dedicated group of fans, most of whom being young, low-income urban people. He is mostly called Müslüm Baba ("Papa Müslüm") among them (wikipedia).

İn the middle, Ibrahim Tatlises (Sweet Voice), also known as Ibo (short for Ibrahim). One of Turkey's most prolific recording artists, hosts a popular television program İbo Show and has appeared in several dozen films. He is the archetype of the Turkish male, real macho man. Known for beating his wife(s).

Third one : Orhan Gencebay is a bağlama virtuoso, composer, singer, arranger, music producer, music director, and actor. Pioneer in Turkish music as he combined Arabic motives with the elements of Turkish classical and folk music. His music includes also psychedelic notions since he's also familiar with rock and jazz music. He also played in more than 30 films.

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