The history of Turkish Arabesque Music

by Beckypublished on 12th March 2024
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.

Up Next

cambodian-traditional-music
In Cambodia, traditional music is no longer as popular as it used to be. But there are craftsmen who are trying to keep Khmer music and its instruments alive by passing their skills on to the next generation.
recurring-dreams-bollywood
This documentary tells the story of Sunny and Prashant, two very different men with the same Bollywood dream. They are both struggling to make it, but feign optimism, telling their families that success is "just round the corner" - while nothing could be further from the truth.
dare-to-dream-bollywood-dancers
In Bollywood films, dance is unique in its ability to be a part of the storytelling. From the thrilling movements and dramatic facial expressions of the performers to their vibrant makeup and brilliant outfits, it's little surprise that many in India want to be the name behind the big dance numbers. This documentary tells the story of some of those dancers.
paranormal-abilities
We like to think that nothing exists that we can’t explain. Modern science rejects anything that can’t be objectively observed, tested, and proven. And that includes any so-called paranormal psychological phenomena, like telepathy, ESP and telekinesis. But for decades, the CIA studied clairvoyance and found instances of ‘remote viewing’ that were more accurate than random chance. So might we have been too quick to dismiss things we can’t prove? Could some people really have extraordinary capabilities that can’t be explained? In this episode of Decoded, adapted from the Arabic series Dahaleez, Amr Waked uncovers something which may leave people feeling uncomfortable.
daydreams-nightmares-bollywood
A look behind Bollywood blockbusters at the stunt men and women who risk life and limb to give these films the ultimate thrill.
do-aliens-exist-decoded

Do Aliens Exist?

1 month ago
Are aliens a thing?. In the first episode of Decoded, Hollywood actor @amrwaked explores the possible existence of aliens and the alleged influence of extraterrestrials on ancient civilisations.