The Patterns of Participation in the Rebetiko Music Scene of Istanbul

Güven U. Z.

Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies, cilt.16, no.1, ss.54-69, 2019 (Hakemli Üniversite Dergisi)

  • Cilt numarası: 16 Konu: 1
  • Basım Tarihi: 2019
  • Dergi Adı: Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.54-69


The main objective of this article is to examine the contemporary representations of rebetiko music culture and interpret the patterns of participation of its audience in Turkey. The findings of this study are based on ethnographic research that was carried out on regular rebetiko performances put on by a rebetiko band in Turkey's largest metropolis; Istanbul. The methodology centers on participant observation and in-depth interviews with listeners. By means of analyses of rebetiko-driven socio-musical behavior, this paper proposes an evaluation on different motivations of rebetiko listeners. The main findings suggest that the level and nature of interest in rebetiko is capable of evoking an off-the-beaten-path lifestyle, and attributing a subcultural, semi-underground aspect to its scene.