Arif Şentürk

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Arif Şentürk
Born 1941 (age 75–76)
Kumanovo, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Genres Turkish and Balkan folk music
Occupation(s) singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1975 - present

Arif Şentürk (Macedonian: Ариф Шентурк/Arif Šenturk, born 1941), traditional folk singer[1] and compiler. He is known as a singer who performs Balkan ethnical music.


Şentürk's father was of Albanian origin while his mother of Bosniak origin.[2] He was born in Kumanovo, Kingdom of Yugoslavia. He immigrated with his family to Turkey in 1956 after graduating Turkish primary school in PR Macedonia. First, his family settled in Kirklareli after that they moved to Zeytinburnu district of Istanbul. Once he worked as a barber in Zeytinburnu. He attended Bakirkoy and Yesilkoy Music Community Home. Arif Senturk took the examination of the TRT Amateur Singers and won it. He was endorsed by Nida Tufekci.

Arif, who is known compiling a lot of traditional Rumelian Turkish, Macedonian, Albanian and Gypsy folk songs, has 12 albums. The most famous songs by him are Deryalar, Ramize, Safiye, Debreli Hasan, Ani Mor Hatixhe, Oj Kosovo; and Bitola Moj Roden Kraj composed by Ajri Demirovski.


  • Meliha, December 23, 2008
  • Kına Havası, December 24, 1998
  • Nazikem, June 4, 1990
  • Deryalar, January 9, 1987
  • Hamdi, January 9, 1987
  • Yemen, January 9, 1987


  1. ^ "Kursların kalkması için destek istedi". Milliyet. 16 June 2008. Retrieved 26 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-02-01. Retrieved 2015-09-06.