After Tarkan Deluxe paid homage to recently deceased Turkish rock musician Barış Akarsu, my inbox was filled with over a hundred mails from surprised fans of the rocker, and from those outside Turkish borders whom had never heard of him before.
Each mail shared the same sincerity, with which they either offered condolences or thanks for recognising the young artist's untimely death.
As a thank you to his fans and in tribute to the young rocker's memory, Tarkan Deluxe has prepared a video for those that have only recently had the opportunity to know him.
His two music videos from his 2005 and 2006 albums have been resynched to his song "Amasra", a track from his 2005 debut album. Amasra is the small Black Sea town where the rocker grew up, and the song was a tribute to the place in which he spent his younger years, and is now laid to rest.
Update: I am overwhelmed by the responses sent in to me about Barış, but I'd like to suggest that such comments be sent direct to the singer's official site.
Finally, I feel I also need to write a few words in face of the sorrow expressed by some at the injustice of a talented young life ending so abruptly. A man so much of the earth, called to the earth too soon, but however hard, when the initial shock subsides we must start to pacify our grief by celebrating his life.
Setting his sails one final time, as Barış sings in "Amasra" below, he is now one with the air, the water and the sun. He is home.
Let us try to respectfully remember that in the days ahead.
"Amasra" by Barış Akarsu
Barış Akarsu - "Amasra" (A Tribute)
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Size: 10.1 MB
Sound: 357 kbps (Stereo)
Language: Turkish (with English subtitles)
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- In the first verse, the Turkish word "kokan" emphasises that the scent is very strong; in that the place smells in an almost pungent, powerful way of the earth, sea and love.
- Although the port town of Amasra is in actuality a small place today, the Turkish word "şehir" can be used to mean both town and city. In English usage the word city was first used for any settlement regardless of size; the modern distinction between town and city developed during the 14th century. The word city has been used here instead of town as a nod to Amasra's ancient roots.
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