İbrahim Tatlıses, also known as İbo (born January 1, 1952), is a Turkish pop-folk singer and actor. He was born in the city of Şanlıurfa, in southeastern Anatolia. Tatlıses has recorded 25 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. Besides, he is a businessman involved in the restaurant and tourism businesses, as well as in construction projects in Iraqi Kurdistan.
İbrahim Tatlıses was born in the south-eastern town of Sanliurfa to a Kurdish father (Ahmet Tatli) and an Arab mother named Leyla Tatli. His father died when he was a child, and Tatlıses was raised by his Mother Leyla. He began singing at weddings when he was young.
Then while he was working in constructions as a normal worker, singing, his singing was heard by a businessman from Adana, and he started appearing in nightclubs.
He was shot in the leg in 1990, and survived an assassination attempt in 1998. In March 2011, he was attacked, and was wounded seriously in the head.
On Monday March 14, 2011, at 00:30 local time, Ibrahim Tatlises 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. While entering their vehicle Tatlises was hit with a bullet that entered the back of his skull and exited through the front. His spokeswoman was also hit, in the neck, but is now in stable condition. The perpetrators carried Kalashnikov rifles and escaped in a black car. He was taken to the Acıbadem Hospital in İstanbul for emergency treatment. He underwent a four-hour surgery to remove the bullet and is now slowly recovering from critical condition. After Tatlises's operation he was in a stable condition and put to rest for a week. Then the doctors made the announcement saying he is recovering well and healing. Turkey's prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan visited him to see how he was coping. He then made an announcement publicly reporting he is in a good condition and his traveling along fine. The police in turkey have reported to caught up to 20 criminals involving the shoot-out. On Thursday April the 7th, Tatlıses left Acıbadem Hospital with a police escort and traveled to Atatürk airport where he boarded the Ministry of Health’s Hawker 900XP air ambulance at 5:45 p.m. bound for Germany, where he will receive six months of physical rehabilitation in a condensed period of one month. He returned from Germany.
Ibrahim got married to Ayşegül Yıldız in the Dar Al shifaa hospital on Sept. 27th 2011.
Ayağında Kundura, released in 1975 helped him spread his name throughout Turkey.
He now has a lot of companies in various industries and had been a candidate in the 2007 General Elections in Turkey, in which his party, Genç Parti could not overcome the election threshold of 10% which further resulted in him not being elected.
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