Tarkan Pushed Out of Berlin?
|Turkey at Popkomm 2008, but not Tarkan|
But this time it looks like there'll be no German performance from Tarkan, even with Turkey as Popkomm's backer.
The news on the ground is that Tarkan and Sezen Aksu were "removed" from the listing at the last moment as the Turkish Ministry for Culture and Tourism couldn't meet the "heavy demands" of either artist.
|Tarkan's European venues as published by official organiser Redwhite Events|
Whatever the reason for the removal - you would think Turkey would have worked harder to bring out its "big guns" in its soft muscle diplomacy to promote Turkish musical culture, by making sure it added Tarkan or one of its female divas like Aksu, Ajda Pekkan or even Sertab Erener.
It looks like this is more Turkey at Popkomm's loss, rather than a missed opportunity for Tarkan in Berlin.
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