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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Getting Heard

T in Texas, USA, writes:

Thank you for passing on the info about the 2 albums featuring Tarkan's music. I listened to the sample of "Gitti Gideli" [Tarkan's song from Karma (2001) that features in guitarist Ayhan Gunyıl's début album] and loved it so of course have ordered the album, I also read the Tarkan's sings on the title track!! ... Will look forward to hearing that once my album gets here (will make great background music for next dinner party). Also for the info on "Bosphorus Night 2" I love "Gulumse Kaderine" so have ordered the album without being able to sample any tracks on that one ...

As for Trekstor, have contacted them by email to see when the Tarkan model is being released ... Sad that some fans made the effort to go to see Tarkan and were let down. Although I blame the devine Mr T to some extent it does seem that Trekstor are not doing a very good job either.

Now Tarkan is being played in my youngest son's school ... social studies for the youngest is Middle east and Turkey ... So his teacher has been talking about economy, social stuff etc and my son tells his teacher my mum is a belly dancer who loves Turkish music and takes in a couple of my very special Turkish magazines ... So she brought a CD of Turkish music in and played some asked my son if he recognised any of the singers or music ... yes of course Tarkan was there with both "Simarik" and "Sikidim", he then had to show off his bellydance skills and he knew exactly when to blow the kisses, much to the teachers great enjoyment. Any how, now have been asked to go to school to belly dance, will obviously choose something more traditional to dance to. So if Tarkan you are out there you are now part of middle and high school [somewhere in the USA]!

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A.C. from the UK, writes:

hi, just was browsing the net for translated lyrics of Tarkan. I remember going on a family holiday, I must have been around 11 or 12 years of age, and my grandad and me heard the "Ölürüm Sana" album and we loved it. Just like to say good job with the translated lyrics ...

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Clayton, founder of VerveEarth, writes:

Ali, your blog Tarkan Visual caught our attention. I'm the founder of a recently launched startup for bloggers. We are searching the internet for the world's best blogs by geography, and we found yours for the United Kingdom. I would like to invite you to our site which plots the content of the internet on an interactive map of the world. VerveEarth is an entirely new way to surf the net. It shows spatial and geographic connections that a blog search engine could never reveal.

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K.P., from Ireland, writes:

When someone asks me what makes Tarkan different from other Turkish artists, I tell them that that no other artist has an Ali Yildirim in their corner.

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W.L., from Brighton, UK writes:

After finding your blog I signed off from all the Tarkan forums I'd joined. Firstly, the volume of emails was crippling my in-box, but I've also grown tired of the attitude of Tarkan fans outside of Turkey. I know what I like, you know what you like, and you allow an platform for differing views to exist about the artist. I really appreciate that. I can tell that this blog's core readership are not blind followers that seem to carry a torch of fanaticism where they have to take sides, like some kind of obsession, but that each is their own individual here that can in turn agree or disagree with you, and yet you still feel comfortable to share their views. This is what sets your blog apart from a fan tribute, any fan community can sometimes get too intense, with inner circles seeing those of us on the outer edges that might have differing opinions or who just want to enjoy the music as some type of enemy. You blog shows me that we don't all of us have to agree on everything. It can still be okay. I really enjoy reading your blog everyday. It relaxes me.

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A music critic, from Spain writes:

I enjoyed very much your article on music critics. It opens an understanding into the way we need to work, and I think will give greater understand to our readers who come to read our work. Such things are never an exact science, but you raise some interesting points. Your opinions are very educated. And your very detailed responses by pointing out where you don't agree with what has been said or what you find contradictory shows you are talented in the art of argument. It was a pleasure to read.

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Ned Pamphilon in Istanbul, Turkey writes:

Ned and Fazil Say at the Think! ExhibitionJust wanted to let you know that internationally acknowledged classical pianist and composer Fazil Say came to visit my Think! exhibition. We discussed many subjects including the Rainbow Bridge project.

Fazil is an EU Ambassador and suggests he mentions the project at one of his EU meetings ...

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Jim Peterson, from Veterans Abroad, writes:

I read your blog posting that at least said the Natashas were voluntarily in Turkey.

Please keep in mind that the radical feminists in the US have used phony reports of sex trafficking to get laws passed like IMBRA that force males to be background checked just for wanting to meet a Russian woman online (but only for marriage oriented sites not for sex sites that are excluded).

I am in Antalya now and these Natashas are all chain smoking lower class nobodies.

Russia will soon be richer than England because of the oil and the jump in price after the Iraq War started.

Please be aware that "Russian women are forced to sell themselves" is a political tool among feminists to show hatred for males who might go anywhere near Russian women.

In the end, it is jealousy of the competition.

Thank you for your mail, Jim. Good of you to write in. I want to be clear that I wasn't insulting Russian women in my post, though it is admirable that you rise to their defence. I'm not exactly sure, however, what you're advocating Russian women are for, and who these other women are that you differentiate them from.

My post was about what some might class as a Russian girl band's racist music video against Turks, because of a misunderstanding about the name "Nastasha" and how it has worked its way into the Turkish lexicon to be equated with "prostitute".

The adoption of the word as a blanket derogatory term (as you have correctly used it in your mail) doesn't indicate that Turkish men think all Russian women are prostitutes; it indicates where the word is derived from and why. The name "Natasha" has come to symbolise foreign women who voluntarily or otherwise work in Turkey's sex trade.

Russia is a very large country, and while Muscovites are getting richer this doesn't mean Russians in general are getting richer. There is a huge divide between the small section of the rich and the mass population of the rural poor who are starving, and the unemployed are not restricted to the uneducated.

Russia in terms of land mass and population cannot actually be equated with England - England will always be a more stable country economically and per capita, but what you mean is that the amount of billionaires, or the amount of small rich elite either living or working out of Moscow may overtake the comparative number in London. That of course is possible, and foreseeable in the near future, if they do not emigrate to London, as a few have done.

That doesn't change the conditions for the thousands of poverty stricken Russians who face the real situation of starvation every day that while prices rise, wages do not.

Sadly, even though the post you complain about was written over two years ago, it still holds true today. Girls - well educated girls - from white Russia, and the large surrounding areas of Russia, still come to Turkey to look for a better life and get caught up in prostitution. I am not suggesting Turkey is in some way a better off place, in fact it suffers from the same problems as Russia. However, food and basic items are much cheaper in Turkey than in Russia, and the lucrative sex trade is booming with a high demand for Russian women. With low cost of living and high wages, they can afford to live well and send home more to their family, or to save up so that they can continue their education later on.

My post wasn't degrading Russian women, on the contrary, it was about the degrading of Russian women. I was simply suggesting that it might have been more worthwhile if the girl band had made a song highlighting the real dark meaning behind the word, rather than making a song demeaning the Turkish man in general.

To take a more literary example, when Charles Dickens, in his great novel Bleak House, painted his immortal picture of the chancery court in which your case would remain unresolved forever, with more and more lawyers taking your money until it was all gone, it wasn't the law he was against. He was against the law not working.

Finally to clarify a final point: from a reading of your mail it seems that somehow other women (or possibly even men) are jealous of Russian women as you believe them to be on a higher level than the rest of the world's beautiful women, but frankly I can't agree. As a man who has had long term relationships with Greek, Russian, White Russian and Czech girls, I've never seen them as an object to attain. Suggesting they are somehow an expensive luxury item that only a lucky few can have seems even more degrading to me.

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