BBC London 94.9 will be broadcasting a world exclusive interview with Tarkan, 'Turkey's Prince of Pop'. Opening up to acclaimed world music presenter Ritu Khurana, the star gives his most intimate interview to date talking about his close friendship with Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun, his love of Istanbul, London and nature. Tarkan also gives an insight into his new album Metamorfoz and his upcoming concert at Wembley Arena. The two-part interview kicks off on DJ Ritu's "A World in London" show on Saturday 29 March at 20:00 GMT, with the follow-up at the same time a week later on Saturday 5 April.
In this rare interview, the star tells Ritu and her listeners how the death of Ahmet Ertegun affected him, his feelings on age, the state of the world and the record industry (downloads, piracy etc), as well as how he deals with criticism. Tarkan reveals which other global pop star he would most like to work with, and talks about his excitement at performing in London. He explains how he relates to his audience, fans and shows: "I'm always nervous before every show but ... the moment I'm on stage and I meet my fans ... I feel just relaxed. It's been seven years since I've been in London so I'm a little nervous!"
Special Link for Tarkan Deluxe Readers
The BBC has very kindly provided Tarkan Deluxe readers a direct link to listen to each show (and the interview) for up to 7 days after its broadcast. It will activate just after the live broadcast about 22:00 GMT Saturday night. Available online for a week after it is first broadcast, the "Listen Again" feature can also be accessed at www.bbc.co.uk/london.
If readers want to listen live and they live in London they can tune in to "A World in London" on BBC London 94.9 FM or Sky Channel 0152 from 20:00–22:00 GMT on Saturday 29 March or listen live online from anywhere in the world at www.bbc.co.uk/london - click on "Listen Live".
The BBC are featuring DJ Ritu's exclusive interview with Tarkan on its online home page.
A sample of the interview can be heard on the site.
The BBC also kindly provided the blog's readers with the original uncropped photograph taken of Tarkan and DJ Rita for fans to share (click on first top pic).
Tarkan is Turkey's Prince of Pop, selling over 15 million albums in as many years. The platinum-selling star's music has transcended genre boundaries and continents: from pop to rock, electro to R&B, Turkish classical music to global beats, generating Tarkan an international fanbase that spans Europe, Central Asia, the Middle and Far East, and Latin America. No small feat given that until his 2006 Come Closer album, Tarkan had recorded all his songs in Turkish.
It was Tarkan's 1998-9 worldwide hit single "Simarik" that established him as a global superstar. His mega success prompted The Washington Post to describe the artist "as significant to Turkey as Elvis is to America", while the legendary Ahmet Ertegun (co-founder of Atlantic Records) described Tarkan as, "one of the best live performers I've ever seen."
Tarkan has just released his eighth album, Metamorfoz, and will be touring internationally in 2008, kicking off with London's Wembley Arena on Sunday 13 April – his first UK performance in seven years. For details on his Wembley concert, please visit the show organisers www.absoluteeventslondon.com.
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About DJ Ritu
East London born DJ Ritu has been a pivotal figure in the 'global beats' scene for over twenty years as a DJ, club promoter, record label A&R, artist, and radio presenter. She began as a 'pop' music DJ in 1986, moving towards 'world music' with her Islington club ASIA. Many international bookings followed, and Ritu was frequently the first to break Asian music to audiences abroad. In 1994, Ritu co-founded Outcaste Records, signing Nitin Sawhney and Badmarsh (& Shri). She has also been in two ground-breaking bands, The Asian Equation and Sister India.
As an Asian music expert, Ritu has compiled three Rough Guide CDs and regularly contributes to various publications (Songlines, Eastern Eye, etc). She is now the presenter of several BBC radio shows including BBC London 94.9's Saturday night 'world music' programme "A World in London". She also manages three London club nights - Kuch Kuch, Kali, and Hoppa - all dedicated to Turkish, Greek, Arabic, and Asian sounds. Her career has been one of many firsts and she remains a pioneer in every respect.