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The history of Turkish Arabesque Music | Al Jazeera World Documentary



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When Turkish President Ataturk came to power in the 1920s, he saw the West as an example of what he wished his newly founded state of Turkey to be.

In a bid to achieve this, Turkish radio banned the broadcast of classic Ottoman music in favour of Western-style music.

But people resisted and instead tuned to Arabic music, and a new form of Turkish music emerged - Arabesque.

This film follows Martin Stokes, a professor of music at King’s College London, as he travels through Turkey, revealing how Arabesque achieved musical dominance, despite official attempts to stifle it.

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