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Review in RPM#29 (Winter 1999/2000)
No. 10 July-August 1997, pp.41-45.
A critical review of discourse on the arabesk among the elite highlighting its pejorative attitude. Note that she defines the arabesk as music of transition process in the period of large migratory movements.
No. 13 March-April 1998, pp.80-85
Reflects the mainstream intellectual view on the arabesk, the most popular genre in Turkey. She argues that the arabesk as the music of rural-to-urban migration in which migrants lose their own identity, but, cannot obtain an urban one, and get stock in between. Such a perspective implies deterioration in the lives of migrants which leads one to evaluate the arabesk as musical result of such deterioration. Some comments that makes analogy between the Arabesk of Istanbul and the Salsa of New York are also included.
No. 8 1997, pp.89-99
The essay is mainly based on the following assumptions: a. Impact of the use of music by politicians in terms of the popularity of certain styles: b. Media as a leading factor in the growth of popular music in association with consumerism.
No. 12 1999, pp.141-173
The essay argues meaning, identity and violence in association with music, focusing on the music of Müslüm Gürses, one of the most famous arabesk singers. Analysis is based on lyrics and data collected from interviews with song writers, Gurses’ fans as well as printed material that mainly appeared in the magazine ‘Arabesk’.
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