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Monday, June 29, 2009

Tarkan's Decorated Past

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

News screencapIn an update to Tarkan's live summer appearances, Turkish media channels are reporting that the pop star is scheduled to close this year's International Love, Peace and Friendship Festival with a headline slot on the final night, adding a historical twist to the story.

According to newspaper reports, before Tarkan's appearance at the festival the mayor of region is planning to guide the singer around a maritime museum. Reconstructed from a famous ship in Turkish history known as "Alemdar" - which means standard bearer - there are plans for the mayor to surprise Tarkan with a picture of his father's grandfather, Ali Dursun, who has been discovered to have been second-in-command of the illustrious ship.

The "Alemdar" had sailed from Istanbul to the Black Sea to join the Turks' national struggle against invading Allied Forces in 1921. During this time the ship had been captured by the French, but on 28 January it was rescued by the ship's unarmed crew, which included Tarkan's great-grandfather.

Aiming to show the star that his family roots have deep connections in the Black Sea region, it's said that the mayor will present Tarkan with a picture of the Turkish wartime hero, to take pride of place in the museum.

If reports are true that Tarkan will be attending the festival, the singer will be playing a set of hits on 5 July at his first Black Sea gig since he topped the bill at the Ereğli show in 2006.

Always met with a positive atmosphere, people are expectant of Tarkan to thrill the large crowds he usually draws to bring the curtain down on such events.

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