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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Tarkan News Slices

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

As Tarkan makes the Turkish magazine press pages again, Tarkan Deluxe brings its readers a recent collection of stories hitting the headlines about the much-loved pop artist.

Firstly, Tarkan has once again shown his thoughtful side by visiting Turkish classicist Müzeyyen Senar, who is recovering from a stroke, at her home before his TRT concert for International Children's Day.

UPDATE: Senar passes away in her sleep (2015) >>

Revealing her joy at the artist's visit, she spoke of Tarkan's request for a signed autograph. "When he asked for a signed picture, I couldn't say no and gave him one of my most treasured stage photographs and signed it. He keeps a close watch on how I'm doing, he always calls me to ask how I am, and by visiting me today has made me very happy."

Tarkan featured in the 1998 Senar album A Lifetime's WorthIn the region for the Children's Day concert rehearsals, the artist took the time to travel to Bodrum last Tuesday and spend some time with the unforgettable doyen of Turkish classical music - with whom he sang a duet in 1998 and whose recovery he has been following closely. He left clutching his signed autograph from Senar, and spoke to reporters after his visit.

"I haven't been this excited for a long time, this photograph for me holds great meaning," he is reported to have said. (Milliyet)

A music video was also filmed to Tarkan and Senar's duet and can be viewed at Turkish legal video site hitklip, where performance rights are paid to artists through advertising revenue.

UPDATES: Video site hitklip closed, MÜ-YAP opens YouTube Channel >>
Watch the video single with Senar on Tarkan's official YouTube channel here >>

In a different report, another long lost Turkish artist has come out of hiding in the press, this time to criticise Tarkan's 2007 album. One time rumoured sex and drug addict, Harun Kolçak has reportedly been trying to give the artist - who has sold over fifteen million albums in about as many years - some serious advice.

"He has to do more collaborations. I used to think "Only I do the best. Only I need to write the music and lyrics for it to be any good. This is who I am, whatever I do will sell." But I dropped out of sight. If we look at his previous works, this wasn't an album Tarkan needed to produce." (Ensonhaber)

And finally, actress Serra Yılmaz, who appeared in Tarkan's "Hüp" music video, defended the director of the same video - Turkish-Italian film-maker Ferzan Özpetek - from the criticism that he always makes homosexual movies on Turkish TV recently.

Arguing that Özpetek didn't in fact do this, but made films that happened to have gay characters in them, Yılmaz said, "People in Turkey are uncomfortable by such issues because 60% of Turkish men are gay anyway. They are living their preferences in private." (Gazeteport)

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