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Women Singers in Global ContextsMusic, Biography, Identity$
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Ruth Hellier

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037245

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037245.001.0001

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“The Girl’s Voice in Turkish Rap”

(p.73) 3. Ayben
Women Singers in Global Contexts

Thomas Solomon

University of Illinois Press

This chapter focuses on Ayben Özçalkan, who made her mark as a seventeen-year-old by rapping on her older brother's CD recording in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1990. She developed her own style and technique as a young rap artist, even though she risked bringing disapproval to her family by performing in a male-dominated genre. After putting her career on hold as she cared for her dying mother, Ayben then relaunched herself as a rapper, with multiple appearances on TV, to become the personality that she is today. She overtly tackles women's issues in her performances through her lyrics that deal explicitly with the treatment of women in Turkey.

Keywords:   Ayben Özçalkan, rap music, rap artists, Turkish women, male-dominated genres, women's issues

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