Sonia Tamar Seeman
In 1990s Turkey, three types of “gypsy” or in Turkish, “çingene” cultural representations were presented in popular media for consumption by non-“gypsy” audiences. One image represented the idea of “gypsy” as the comical, “loveable” (sevimli) everyman in the persona of Ciguli, a Bulgarian Roman accordionist whose Bulgarian name was Angel Popov. Ciguli’s fame skyrocketed with a video airing of a song released on his cassette in 1997, selling an estimated 300,000 copies within the first 6 months of release.
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