"Çiftetelli" (Greek: Τσιφτετέλι, "tsiftetelli"; Turkish: Çiftetelli, "chiftetelli"; Armenian: Ծիւտետեղի, "dzivdedeghi") is a dance probably of Turkish origin, that is found in most of the territories and surroundings of the former Ottoman Empire.


The Turkish bağlama instrument used in this style of music influenced the name "çifte-telli" which means "double stringed" in the Turkish language.


The Çiftetelli appears in many variations in the folk music of Western and Central Turkey. The different compositions based on this popular rhythm each have their own name. In Turkey, çiftetelli has been relegated to wedding music, where Roma and Greeks have adopted the upbeat folk rhythms into oriental dancing. Often "tsifteteli" in Greece is inappropriately used synonymously with oriental dance. It is also often defined as skiladiko.

See also

*Music of Turkey

External links

* [http://youtube.com/watch?v=jmxtAFETn7o A video example]
* [http://www.chryssanthi.com/en/kuenstlerbiografie/01ba16959003ef101/index.html Information about Tsifteteli]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGdbcIre_S8 Bouzouki / Tsifteteli ( D )] (youtube)
* [http://www.baris1981.com Baris Dance Company]
* [http://www.fezaneverd.com Feza Neverd] Original ciftetelli recordings..

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