Who is Orhan Gencebay?

Orhan Gencebay or real name Orhan Kencebay (born August 4, 1944, Samsun) Turkish composer, singer, poet, instrumentalist, arranger, music producer, music director and actor.

He is one of the creators and pioneers of the Turkish music style that spread in the 1960s, which is called Arabesque music, but he rejected this term on the grounds that it is "wrong and incomplete" and named it with concepts such as Free Turkish music, free Turkish music, free studies and Gencebay music. GENCEBAY, the government in Turkey 33. First introduced on the advice of the Ministry of Culture was awarded the title of State Artist in 1998.

First years

He started music at the age of 6 by taking violin and mandolin lessons from the classical western musician Emin Tarakçı, a former opera singer who graduated from the Russian conservatory and originally a Crimean immigrant. He started taking baglama and Turkish folk music lessons at the age of 7. At the age of 10, he made his first composition work, Kara Kaslı Esmerdi, Who Knows Kimi Sevdi. At the age of 13, he started studying Turkish Art Music and drumming. During his secondary and high school years, he played the string drum in Samsun, Edirne and Istanbul music societies and the baglama in the THM societies. He was the founder of public houses in Samsun and Istanbul. He taught in the music classes he opened himself. The person most affected by his childhood was Bayram Arac, who was the master of baggage of his time. This is why they called Gencebay the Little Bayram in those years.

Orhan Gencebay, who made his first professional composition “An Eternal Flame That Trembles in My Soul” at the age of 14, started to be interested in jazz and rock music from the age of 16 and played tenor saxophone in orchestras made up of western wind instruments. He came to Istanbul, Turkey's first conservatory and the former name of Istanbul Municipal Conservatory Darülelhan entered, found the executive board for a while.

Professional pass

He entered the TRT Ankara Radio exam in 1964 and won with high success. However, when the exam was canceled on the grounds of irregularity in the exam, he interrupted his music studies and went to Istanbul for military service. He continued to play the saxophone in the ceremonial band during his military service in Heybeliada as a sailor. In 1966, he entered the TRT Istanbul Radio exams and won with pride. That same year, Turkey made binding across the playing contest with Arif Sag and received degrees Cinuçen Tanrıkorur. He worked as a tying artist for 10 months on TRT Istanbul Radio. He left in 1967 at his own request, on the grounds that the musical understanding of the institution was not suitable and free to progress.

After leaving TRT, he played baglama with Arif Sağ between 1966-1968 with many artists such as Muzaffer Akgün, Yıldız Tezcan, Gülden Karaböcek, Ahmet Sezgin, Şükran Ay, Sabahat Akkiraz and Nuri Sesigüzel. During this period, he worked as the music director of Turkish films such as Kızılırmak Karakoyun, Ana and Kuyu. He frequently came together with artists such as Abdullah Nail Bayşu, İsmet Sıral, Burhan Tonguç, Erkin Koray, Ömer Faruk Tekbilek, Vedat Yıldırımbora, Özer Şenay and Neşet Ertaş in public houses in Istanbul and gave the first fruits of the musical synthesis that he will put forward himself in the future. He released folk songs such as Crying Yana Yana, Gönül bonds, Yıldız Hanover Rising, Where are you Leylâm. His compositions such as I Can't Love Karagözlüm, Sabır Taşı, Goca Dünya began to be read by various artists, and his name began to be heard as a composer and baglama virtuoso in the art world.

Rapid rise in career

After the folk songs, in 1968, he published his first free worksheet, The Spring Does Not Pass Without You - It Happens With You. After that, he continued to make serial records from Topkapı Plak and Istanbul Plak. It issued in 1969 and made famous throughout Turkey Give a consolation for the 45-tired eyes. In addition to his composer and instrumentalist identity, he began to come to the fore with his interpreter identity. He made records such as I Am More Mesutized With My Old Form, Disdain Strange, Let's Separate Lovingly, Song of Hope, Sevenler Mesut Olmaz. In 1971, he became a partner of Istanbul Record. In 1972, he founded Kervan Plak company with Yaşar Kekeva and became the manager of the company. The caravan plaque, was Turkey's first indigenous-owned record company. His stars such as Erkin Koray, Ajda Pekkan, Muazzez Abacı, Mustafa Sağyaşar, Ahmet Özhan, Kamuran Akkor, Semiha Yankı, Samime Sanay, Neşe Karaböcek, Bedia Akartürk, Nil Burak, Ziya Taşkent, Semiramis Pekkan, Ferdi Özbeğen, Gönül Yazar, Sezen Aksu Alan Kervan Plak became one of the strongest companies in the record market of the time.

Orhan Gencebay has starred in 35 (31 cinema, 4 television) films so far, and has been the music director of nearly 90 films. Orhan Gencebay, who has more than 1000 compositions, sang nearly 300 of them himself.

Although Orhan Gencebay's works were called arabesque when TRT auditing was established, Orhan Gencebay did not accept this assessment by saying “it is wrong and incomplete”.

Orhan Gencebay, who has a legal circulation of 67 million records and cassettes, is estimated to have a circulation of around 2 million with illegal productions, considering that the pirated production is 200 times more than the legal production. This is one of the few circulation figures in the world.

Divorced from Azize Gencebay, the former soloist of the White Butterflies group, Orhan Gencebay has been in an official relationship with Sevim Emre for more than 30 years. His son Altan Gencebay is still the producer of Kervan Plak.


Orhan Gencebay, 29 November 2009 Ünal Olcay from the daily Milliyet in an interview with Hard "Batsın this world is Turkey's lament. It is a fact that the 70s were very bad years. 100-150 people were killed a day. In 1975, I made such a Turkey 'Batsın this world. It is Turkey's lament is lamentable part. " he said.

On September 17, 2012 with respect to Orhan Gencebay Orhan Gencebay published from the leading artists in Turkey Pollen Productions A Life album's compositions were performed GENCEBAY taking place.


Caravan Records
  • Let This World Sink (1975)
  • Without Error (1976)
  • Drunk One (1976)
  • My Troubles (1978)
  • My Lord (1979)
  • I Didn't Make Love (1980)
  • I'm a Soul of the Earth (1981)
  • Dead End (1981)
  • A Drop of Happiness (1982)
  • Leyla and Mecnun (1983)
  • Tongue Wound (1984)
  • Understand Me A Little (1985)
  • My Heavenly Eye (1986)
  • From My Eyes (1987)
  • Your Order (1988)
  • Caravan of Superstars (1988)
  • What if you're not home / I'm looking for you (1989)
  • Shame / Don't Touch (1990)
  • Longing Wind (1991)
  • You're Right too (1992)
  • Life Goes On (1993)
  • You Are Not Alone (1994)
  • Friend of the Heart (1995)
  • The World for Rent (1996)
  • Classics Your Choices (1998)
  • Answer (1999)
  • Classics Your Choices 2 (2001)
  • Ideal Love / Batsun This World (Remix) (2002)
  • Heartfelt (2004)
  • Memory of Istanbul / Crossing the Bridge (2005)
  • Extrajudicial Execution (2006)
  • Orhan Gencebay Film Music (2007)
  • Berhudar Ol (2010)
  • A Lifetime with Orhan Gencebay (2012)
  • Bedless Love (2013)


Year Hood role Other Leading Actors Notes
1971 Give Consolation Orhan Tulin Orsek (Nermin) It is Orhan Gencebay's first film and his first acting experience. 
1972 My eyes said love Orhan Perihan Savaş (Meral) • Selma Güneri (Serap) It is Orhan Gencebay's only cinemakop film. 16: 9
1973 When I Was Born Orhan Necla Nazir (Sevim)
1974 The troubles will be mine sebahattin Perihan Savas (Ayşe)
1975 Damn this world Orhan Mujde Ar (Seher)
We Can't Get Together Orhan Hülya Koçyiğit (Füsun)
1976 I'm sick of dying every day Orhan Necla Nazir (Meral)
Chauffeur Heydar Hülya Koçyiğit (Zehra)
1977 Nobody is perfect Orhan Akman Fatma Girik (Heaven)
1978 My Trouble Is Bigger Than The World Orhan İnci Engin (Silk)
long-suffering Orhan gencebay Perihan Savas (Rose)
Did I Make Love Orhan gencebay Müjde Ar (Mehtap, Zeliha)
1979 My Goodness Orhan Perihan Savas (Gulcan)
1980 Chain of the Broken Heart Orhan gencebay Mujde Ar (Marbling)
give up my heart Orhan Canan Perver (Pinar)
I am a dear from the ground Orhan Necla Nazir (Pinar)
1981 I have no power in yelling Orhan gencebay Mujde Ar (Muge)
1982 I'm blind Orhan Gulsen Bubikoglu (Gulsen)
One Sip of Happiness Orhan Necla Nazir (Zehra)
Leyla and Mecnun Magnitude Gulsen Bubikoglu (Leyla)
1983 Persecution Orhan Gungor Flag (Zeynep)
Hell Orhan Hülya Avşar
1984 Kaptan Orhan Hülya Avşar (Melike)
Tongue Wound Orhan Leaf Ozdemiroglu (Hulya)
My love is my sin Orhan gencebay Oya Aydoğan (Oya) • Güzin Doğan (İpek)
1985 Doruk Orhan Cüneyt Arkın (Cemil) • Müge Akyamaç (Çiğdem)
1987 Cennet Gözlüm Orhan Perihan Savas (Handan)
1988 You are little my dear Orhan Melike Zobu (Zehra)
1989 I live without you Orhan gencebay Nilgun Akçaoğlu
Blood Flower Orhan Meral Oguz (Ayşe)
1990 Without Orhan Oya Aydogan (Selma) It is the last movie of Orhan Gencebay.

Cinema (Movie soundtrack)

  • Kizilirmak-Karaoyun, 1967  
  • Kozanoglu, 1967  
  • Main, 1967
  • Well, 1968
  • Black Eyed, 1970  


  • Orhan Abi Public Show, presenter, TGRT, 1996-1997
  • Popstar Alaturka, jury member, Star TV, 2006-2008
  • Popstar 2013, jury member, Star TV, 2013


  • Mirrors, Can Dundar, Show TV, 1996
  • One Sip of Human, Nebil Özgentürk, Atv, 1998
  • Remembering Istanbul: Crossing the bridge, 2004


  • Dışbank, Ideal Card, 2002
  • Vodafone Turkey, 2010


  • Gold Plate awards for every 1968-1976-45
  • 1976 Your magazine Turkish Music Artist of the Year award
  • 1970: Golden Crown Award given by Istanbul Plak for its high circulation success.
  • 1984:  Interpreter Artist of the Year Award given by the newspaper.
  • 1984:  Hello there Artist of the Year Award given by the magazine.
  • 1985:  Your Artist of the Year Award given by the magazine.
  • 1990: by MÜYAP Do not touch High Circulation Award given for the high sales success of his album.
  • 1990: Montu Merit Doctorate (Honorary Doctor of Music) Award, jointly given by the leading universities of USA-Egypt-Israel and Hacettepe University.
  • 1995: Gold Medal Award given by Mehmetçik Foundation.
  • 1998: Economy Stars of the Year Award given by Intermedia magazine.
  • 1998: State Artist title given by the Ministry of Culture.
  • 2009: Honorary Award given by the Presidency for its contribution to Turkish National Education.
  • 2011: King TV Music Awards Honor Award.
  • 2013: Müyap Physical Sales Award
  • 2013: Kral Tv Music Awards Best Project Award.
  • 2015: Republic of Turkey Presidency Culture and Art Grand Award. 

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