İbrahim Tatlıses (born İbrahim Tatlı) is a Turkish folk singer and former actor. He was born in the city of Şanlıurfa. Tatlıses has recorded 42 albums, including notable albums such as Ayağında Kundura and Selam Olsun. He is also the host of the television programme İbo Show and is a leading actor who has appeared in several dozen films. He has directed most of the films he acted in. Also, he is a businessman involved in the restaurant and tourism businesses, as well as in construction projects in Iraq. He was shot in the head in an assassination attempt in 2011.
He was shot in the leg in 1990, and survived an assassination attempt in 1998. On 14 March 2011, he was attacked and seriously wounded in the head. At 00:30 local time, he and his spokeswoman Buket Çakıcı were shot at by unknown assailants after leaving the offices of the private Turkish channel Beyaz TV following his weekly television show. As they entered their vehicle, Tatlises was hit with a bullet that entered the back of his skull and exited through the front. Çakıcı was also hit in the neck, but survived the attack. The perpetrators carried Kalashnikov rifles and escaped in a black car. He was taken to the Acıbadem Hospital in Istanbul for emergency treatment. He underwent a four-hour operation to have the bullet removed, after which he was in stable condition. He regained consciousness five days later. After a week, the doctors announced that he was recovering well. Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan visited him and also announced that he was recovering well. The police in Turkey arrested around 20 people involved in the attack. On Thursday April 7, Tatlıses left Acıbadem Hospital with a police escort and travelled to Atatürk International Airport, where he boarded the Ministry of Health's Hawker 900XP air ambulance for Germany, to receive intensive rehabilitation at the Murnau Trauma Clinic.
Tatlıses was born in Siverek, Şanlıurfa, Turkey. Regarding his ethnicity, he said "My father was a Turk and my mother was a Kurd and I am ethnically a Turk." He also has partial Arab ancestry. He is a native speaker of Kurdish. He lost his father during childhood, and did not attend high school. He did not know how to read or write.
He sold tapes and sang at weddings and in restaurants until a producer discovered him in 1976. He had adopted Tatlıses (sweet-voiced) as a stage name.
In the 1980s the Turkish government had banned the use of Kurdish; at a concert in Sweden in December 1986, he had sung two folk songs in Kurdish and was thus prosecuted for separatist propaganda, but found not guilty in 1987. In 1988, he was asked by businessman Mehmet Yilmaz at a cultural festival in Usak to sing a Kurdish folk song, but refused, saying "I am a Kurd, but the laws ban me for singing in Kurdish". For this, he was indicted on September 19, 1988. He records songs only in Turkish.
After returning from Germany, Tatlıses married Ayşegül Yıldız on 27 September 2011 in the rehabilitation facility where he was receiving treatment.
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