More Tarkan Press Updates Extra
Reports about Turkish pop star Tarkan's live show on May 8 for Istanbul Technical University's festival, ITUFest '09, reveal a stunning hour and a half performance, wooing university students more attuned to rock music rather than pop - with calls for the singer to make a return next year.
Students left messages on ITUFest's facebook event page for Tarkan, with many expressing a pre-concert cynicism that a student festival was no place for a pop artist that changed to those acceding Tarkan had been "simply amazing".
"I want to thank everyone who organised this event," one fan posted on the site's wall. "Tarkan was great. I'm completely energized for my finals. I want Tarkan for next year, too!"
Along with user comments, video clips of the evening have been posted up at facebook, with some notable ones filmed by the university's amateur film crew, comprised of its drama students.
The videos show Tarkan returning to the mechanics of his 2003-2004 Dudu-era concerts. Most media reports about the concert centred on claims that the pop artist didn't want dancers on stage, as he felt he had more freedom without them.
Tarkan's opens with "Vay Anam Vay" for his show at the ITU Maslak Campus (8 May), courtesy of ITU Cinema Club.
Meanwhile, an email to Tarkan Deluxe by student Emir Kaya, who attended the show, claims that the general consensus was that the performances of the rock acts disappointed the students - as they only sang their new songs - while Tarkan's show surpassed all expectations.
"When we heard about acts signed up for the ITUFest, we all thought that Tarkan would disappoint us and we'd enjoy a rock show put on by maNga and Duman. However, it was just the opposite. It felt like [the rock acts] were there just to plug their new albums and it felt too commercial, while Tarkan gave a real sincere show, with a huge collection of old and new songs."
Kaya went on to write, "He also sang Turkish classical songs, and warmed a crowd that was ready to be hostile. It was the first time I heard him live, and his vocals just blew me away. He really connected with the crowd, and made sure he sang to everyone, not just the front rows.
"It's probably one of the best shows ITU has ever seen. Only one complaint, one of the few songs I really like of Tarkan's is Ölürüm Sana, and he never sang it that evening!"
Nicknaming him "Robin Hood" for taking from the rich and giving to the poor, latest reports claim that Tarkan has donated the proceeds of the song he composed for Can to the Association for Support of Modern Life (Çağdaş Yaşamı Destekleme Derneği) for the education of girls in Turkey.
These reports, however, claim the song to be called "Çantada Keklik" (A Bagged Bird). Differing articles have already suggested the track to be titled "Şşşt" (Hist) or "Çok Ayıp" (So Rude).