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Sunday, July 06, 2008

New Tarkan Song Update

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

Tarkan by the Tigris River in May
Tarkan by the Tigris River in May
Reported recently by Tarkan Deluxe, more details have emerged over rumours in the Turkish press about a new Tarkan song called "Uyan" (Wake Up), written and composed by the artist for the environment.

Already having taken part in a nature conservation association's campaign to raise awareness over a dam building project in southern Turkey that carries potential risks to the surrounding natural habitat, Turkish paper Hürriyet's magazine supplement Kelebek now prints further details about a song Tarkan has written about the environment, "Uyan", yesterday.

To be produced as "a gift" for the Doğa Derneği, Kelebek has printed the rumour of a musical collaboration with one of Turkey's most well-respected and highest-selling Turkish music artists of all time, Orhan Gencebay.

Under the signature of journalist Arzu Akbaş and headlined as the "Great Partnership", the entertainment article claims that Gencebay offered his full support, by entering the studios with the top Turkish pop artist to play and sing on the track.

The immensely popular arabesque singer - though he disagrees with being placed in that genre - Gencebay started his career in the 1960s and was discovered by Istanbul Plak, the record label that discovered Tarkan.

If reports are true, this is not Tarkan's first collaboration outside of his genre. Most recently, the Turkish pop artist worked with arabesque singer Kibariye in 2006 and successful female vocalist Sibel Can in 2007.

Listen to your heart before it's too late

The article also prints what it claims to be part of the refrain of the new song, which calls the public to "wake up" to do the right thing "before it's too late".

Signing up with the Doğa Derneği earlier this year, as part of his commitments Tarkan had opened an office for the society in the southern part of Turkey in May and had promised to pen a song for the society.

Known for his love of the environment and his home nation, Tarkan is quoted in yesterday's Kelebek article to have publicly warned of Turkey's disappearing history in a press conference given that day.

"European countries protect their history very well. I'm calling out to the politicians, the thinkers, the artists. To listen to you. Politicians say they are there for you, so that's why they must listen to you," he is reported to have said.

Tarkan's Global Concerns

Tarkan is known for his concern over environmental issues and this isn't his first attempt to write about this subject.

The caring artist wrote a 2007 article on climate issues, in which he included the lyrics to an "earth-song" type track he was working on.

Even though it didn't make the final cut, the artist also spoke to Turkish TV station Kanal D's weekly entertainment news slot, "Canlı Canlı" (4 September, 2007) about such a track for his 2007 album Metamorfoz.

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