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Arabesk

The equally popular style of music known as arabesk (that, as its name implies,puts an Arabic spin in home-grown Turkish traditions) started in the 1980s. Playing to arabesk's traditional audience is the hugely successful singer Ibrahim Tatlıses ,a burly, mustachioed, former construction worker from Şanlıurfa who pops up on TV as often as he does on radio. Orhan Gencebay is , however, the king of arabesk, a prolific artist and also an actor.