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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Tarkan's Nature Projects Update

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

Tarkan and Orhan Gencebay in the studio for the song
Tarkan and Orhan Gencebay in the studio for the song "Uyan"
Taraf newspaper's Telesiyej column dated 23 July 2008 ("Nature Activist Tarkan's "Uyan" Song is Ready") writes about the pop star as a burgeoning nature activist and mentions some of the planned projects Tarkan will be undertaking in the months ahead as part of his commitments to the Turkish nature conservation society the Doğa Derneği.

While the article highlights that Tarkan put his support behind stopping the building of a dam in Turkey - which even forced the current Turkish Prime Minister to change his stance on the issue - it notes that the artist gave a promise at a press conference given that day to pen a folksong for the first time in an effort to raise public awareness towards the protection of the environment in Turkey.

As previously published over a month ago by Tarkan Deluxe, the two-week old column from Taraf prints that Tarkan kept his promise in the form of a new - but as yet unreleased - song called "Uyan" (Wake Up).

After having had a chance to listen to the song, which also features Turkish male artist Orhan Gencebay, the columnist describes the traditional piece as "straight from the heart" and "overwhelmingly emotional and effecting".

The article also goes on to say that it is a song which needs to be played nationwide to get the important message across it's trying to convey in its lyrics. As proof it provides the emotional song words, too, which sees Tarkan emphasise that "anything is possible as long as you believe".

Upon a reading of the lyrics, they are a re-working of an initial draft of a song Tarkan had published in an article for Atlas magazine, and resembles the essence of Tarkan's socio-political song "Hop Hop" (Metamorfoz, 2007) in which he urges everyone to unite to overcome the obstacles that face them.

Raising the alarm for the environment, the article reveals that Tarkan is also shooting a video for the song - whilst reminding readers that "Uyan" will not be sold separately in the shops, but will be given away as a free gift with the first issue of the Doğa Derneği's magazine Doğa.

It had initially been planned for the magazine to be on the shop stalls at the end of July, but this has now been postponed until September, possibly to co-incide with plans for a concert Tarkan might give in conjunction with the nature conservation society - as mentioned in the Taraf article - along with a photograph exhibition for the society consisting of photographs the artist took himself.

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