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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Email Extracts [2]

An email from Mohamed Al Muntaser, in "Arabia":

Selam,

There is a song done called "Habibi". Tarkan adapted it and sang the song ... I would like to know if you have any knowledge of the song, or if you by chance can provide me with the Turkish lyrics because this song isn't anywhere in the market or available anywhere online for lyrics. If you dont know what I'm talking about, I would be glad to send you the song via hotmail and you tell me about it.. Thank you!

Regards From Arabia,
Mohamed

Dear Mohamed,

There is a long and short answer to this.

Here is the short one first: Tarkan has never sang a song called "Habibi". The only cover versions Tarkan has sang were on his early 90s Turkish language debut album, Yine Sensiz and a few Turkish art music pieces that he sings on stage, or his duet with Ottoman music classicist Müzeyyen Senar in 1998.

As much as it can be called a cover version, Tarkan also dubbed the official Turkish version of Disney's Hercules and sang the song "Go The Distance" as "Yolumdayım", in 1998.

Some of his critics say concept songs on his 1994 second album A-acayipsin have been too closely inspired by Western artists, but then most of his harshest critics have always made such comments about every one of his albums.

Here is the long answer: Have you ever listened to Tarkan? Any Tarkan fan who listens to this song can tell immediately it is not Tarkan singing. Whoever recorded this did not even attempt to imitate his voice, they just used his name.

It is well-known that a majority of people will search or click on the Tarkan name.

Many people tag and use his name to get others to view other Turkish related stuff unfairly. For example on Ebay, when you search Tarkan, often non related Tarkan products come up, or on YouTube, when you do a search for Tarkan videos, different artists from different Turkish genres appear, and the list goes on and on.

Plus, many struggling Turkish artists will sing songs and upload to music forums, pretend its a never-before-heard Tarkan song and release it to an audience in the hope the song will become popular, and to raise interest in it.

I heard this song years ago on some Malaysian blog. I have never heard it on any Turkish music charts or seen a music video filmed for it, so this leads me to believe it was recorded by some unknown Turkish singer, who attached Tarkan's name to it so that people would download and listen to his song.

Although some singers are able to imitate him very well, this technique is never going to be successful in my opinion. If you search the Net hard enough you'll find many Tarkan "impersonator" songs, and when Tarkan's English songs were leaked on to the Net some initally thought that it was just another similar ploy.

However, this song is a very poor example of one of those. Listen to it just once, and you can tell Tarkan had nothing to do with this song.

I should stress however that this should not negatively impact on the song itself. I am sure for its own genre and type, it is a very enjoyable song.

Listen to: a sample of the song "Habibi" (in wma format).

See also:

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An email from "Blue Kitty", in Yerevan, Armenia:

Dear Ali,

First I need to tell you what an excellent job you have done on this blog of yours. Second I want to ask you to clear up something for me.

I know how you have been against piracy and that you do not publish mp3s on your blog, but you do not seem so strict on videos and concert viewings. Why is this?

Learning to come closer with Tarkan,
Blue Kitty.

Distributing or selling bootleg Tarkan videos and concerts is just as much piracy and violating owners' copyright as is distributing his mp3s.

However, sharing videos between fans is the lesser of two evils for two main reasons.

Firstly, the money on those videos have already been made to an extent, through sponsorship, commercials and and the necessary airplay. They should still not be used for profit, unless permission has been given by the copyright owners. Make no mistake, these videos are protected by copyright. However, distributing music means you are affecting album sales and royalties, as you are downloading something for free which legally must be purchased.

Secondly, Tarkan products do not extend to visual DVDs at the time of this post. When DVDs do appear on the market, I would be against these bootleg versions as I am against bootleg versions of Tarkan's CDs.

Another issue raised by your questions is that Internet users still do not know what can be legally downloaded for free and what cannot, thus people need to be educated in this respect, too.

There is also a growing trend of fanatics who are trying to silence people that are speaking out against piracy.

I cannot dictate how people should live their lives, or would I want to, I can only speak for me.

It is down to the conscience of every individual Tarkan fan. I am sure most download mp3s for preview reasons, but then surely a good sample of the song will do just as well?

In a perfect world I would wish that we never stole anything and treated everyone's hardwork with respect and gave it due credit.

Sadly, we do not live in a perfect world.

See also: Where can I get Tarkan's music and videos?

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