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Monday, June 08, 2009

Tarkan Song Speculation

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

Vatan article screencapNews of a song that could appear in a speculated 2009 Tarkan album is said to be about the young victims of war.

Zehra Çengil's article for Turkish newspaper Vatan's magazine section claims that Tarkan has written a song inspired by the Palestinian children killed as a direct result of the armed struggle between the displaced people and Israel.

Said to be titled "Affedin Bizi Çocuklar" (Children Forgive Us) - and to be released at the end of this summer - the report alleges that Tarkan wrote the song after seeing the picture of a little dead Palestinian girl half buried in the ground. It goes on to write that the star is hoping to film a video with footage from Israel's recent incursion into the Gaza strip to highlight the large number of children fatalities from that war.

If this rumour happens to be true, it will not be the first time Tarkan has written a socio-political song - with tracks such as the earth song "Uyan" (Doğa, 2008) or the politically charged "Hop Hop" (Metamorfoz, 2007), in which both songs the singer urges everyone to unite to overcome the obstacles that face them or the environment.

Meanwhile, paper Hürriyet's magazine supplement Kelebek has published news posted previously regarding collaborations by Sezen Aksu for his 2009 album.

Purporting that the artist stated he was going to sing a few Aksu songs, the article says he declined to give a tentative release date just yet.

Show TV News Report

Elsewhere in a news report on Turkish TV, in which Tarkan talks to reporters during his visit to Elazığ in Turkey for a concert, the artist comments that he is working with Aksu on a new album, and that if the record misses a summer release, it could possibly be released in September this year.

Tarkan Talks Love and Music; with English subtitles (© Show TV)

Some of Tarkan's most popular songs - including his signature tune "Şımarık" (Ölürüm Sana, 1997) - were created in collaboration with Aksu.

Also in the TV report, Tarkan mentions his collaborations with his own music label's newly signed singer Emir, including news that the famous popstar makes a short appearance in the music video to the singer's début song "Ben Sen Olamam" (I Can't Be You) penned by Tarkan.

Of Emir, "I liked his songs and when I met him he conquered my heart. So I decided to support him," Tarkan said.

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