Orhan Gencebay (b. 1944) is a Turkish musician, composer, singer, arranger, music producer, music director, and actor. He born Orhan Kencebay on 4th August 1944 in the Turkish coastal town of Samsun. He started learning music at the age of six, taking violin and mandolin lessons from Emin Tarakci ,who was a classical musician from the Ukraine Conservatoire. At the age of seven Gencebay started playing the baglama (a traditional Turkish instrument), and continued taking traditional Turkish folk music lessons.