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About Zara Neşe Zara Yılmaz (born January 15, 1976), commonly known as Zara, is a popular Turkish Folk Music singer and actress. She was born in Adıyaman, Turkey, in 1976. She completed her higher education in Singing Department of the Turkish Music State Conservatory at Istanbul Technical University. In 1996, in competition of Music and Folk-Dance was organized by Milliyet among high schools she became head of Turkey in the branch of Turkish Folk Music Lady Soloist. Particapating in the same competition in 1993, she came first again. In 1996, she passed the examination of Professional Singer organized by TRT and started work as contract singer of Turkish Folk Music. With the role of Amber, as a player and soloist, she took part in the Yunus Emre Musical which was staged at the Atatürk Culture Center in 1997. In 1998, she put on the market her album called “Avuntu” (Consolation) as a product of a 15 month’s work. In the same year, she played a leading role with Tarık Akan in her first long film of “Eylül Fırtınası” (September Storm) directed by Atıf Yılmaz. As it was still continuing the repercussions of her first album, she brougt out the second called “Boyut” (Dimension) in 2000. It was shot music for video for all the folksongs at her album and distibuted as VCD. She drew attention by actin performance in the film of “Deli Yürek” (Crazy Heart) directed by Osman Sınav in 2001. In 2002, she introduced to the market her third album “Misafir” (Guest) and “Özlenenler” (Someone who is missed) consisting of 27 songs and two albums in 2003. As the first album of “Özlenenler”, Zara gave a surprise to the music lovers singing Turkish art music for the first time. Singing the songs belonging to the Turkish old films at the second album, she pulled out known melopdies from the chest. What she made another surprise in 2003 is to be princibal performer at a series for the first time called “Gelin” (Daughter in law) consisting of 28 episodes and broadcasted at Kanal D. In 2004, her music video of AFIT that was collective work with Ministry of Public Works was broadcasted within the context of “Conscious Society to Natural Disasters” project. This music video was shot in 1992, but owing to earthquake disaster, it was kept waiting. Zara won many prestigious awards given by different organizations such as Kral TV and MGD. Apart from these, she was awarded the Gold Butterfly prize as “The Best Singer at Turkish Folk Music” for 4 time between 2000 and 2003. The artist, finally continued her career with the album of “Zamanı Geldi” (It is about time) with double CD again. The first CD of this album comprises 17 Turkish folk songs and another CD has 12 arrangements belonging to 70’s. In the same year in October, Zara put on the market the Turkish mystic music album with the symphony of “B ülbül-i Şeyda”. Zara undertook the programme announcer of “Zamanı Geldi” at TRT as well and came together with audiences 41 times. At this programme she hoted many precious artists such as İbrahim Tatlıses, Selda Bağcan, Yavuz Bingöl, Edip Akbayram, Belkız Akkale, İzzet Altınmeşe, Sabahat Akkiraz, Alişan, Funda Arar, Zerrin Özer, Fatih Erkoç Muzaffer Akgün. In Ramadan of 2006 she announced a pre-dawn programme called “Tanrı Misafiri” (God Guest) at ATV. Thi

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Turkey Musicians Ranking

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Rank Name Total
75. Hadise 150
76. Müzeyyen Senar 125
77. Aylin Aslım 121
78. Çelik 105
79. Zara 94
80. Yusuf Güney 89
81. Alişan 88
82. Erkin Koray 87
83. Murat Kekilli 87

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581. Mohamed Nour 97
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583. Volodymyr Ivasyuk 95
584. Rym Ghazali 94
585. Zara 94
586. Samo Zaen 93
587. Oleksandr Ponomaryo 92
588. Ani Lorak 91
589. Madalina Manole 91