Tarkan Back in Istanbul
Turkish paper Hürriyet's entertainment correspondent Kubilay Keskin writes in his column dated 30 July 2009 that Tarkan has returned from his holiday break in Egypt, ready for his scheduled 1 August live show in Istanbul.
Headlined as "He Slept in the Desert", Keskin's column evinces imagery of an Ottoman conqueror back in his old lands to experience Arabic hospitality.
"Tarkan was in Egypt last week. Flying to Cairo with Turkish Airlines, he took another hour's flight to the country's popular holiday resort of Sharm el Sheikh. Counted as one of the best diving resorts, the famous singer stayed at the Magic Life hotel, and woke up early every morning to dive.
"Going into the desert with the Bedouin, he spent one night in the desert, too. Laying on a carpet stretched out on the sands and underneath the stars, the mega star returned to Istanbul the other day to begin rehearsals for his concert at the Harbiye Cemil Topuzlu Open Air Theatre this Saturday evening."
Elsewhere - reminiscent of other airport reports - on his arrival from Egypt to Istanbul, Tarkan took the time to speak to a TV reporter greeting him on his return.
Covering topics such as his recent collaboration with close friend and female singer Sibel Can and his feelings over the death of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, the pop star looked relaxed and in fine form as he chatted freely with the reporter while making his way to his waiting transport.
Tarkan on Music and Michael Jackson; with English subtitles (© Kanal D)
Moreover, having told reporters in a previous TV report that he was hoping for a new album to be released in the summer, in the report he admits that the record missed a summer outing because it wasn't finished yet, but that collaborations were still continuing with Turkish pop diva Sezen Aksu.
Rival Show Wars Begin
As the countdown to Tarkan's 1 August show comes to a close and the excitement in the Turkish city of culture becomes palpable, Istanbul is set to see a ticket war against the Turkish popstar and British DJ Fatboy Slim.
Big beat musician, producer and pioneer of the electronic dance genre, the DJ's Turkcell Kuruçeşme Arena show in Istanbul is slated to take place directly alongside Tarkan's own event for competitor telecommunications giant Avea's Open Air Concerts at the Harbiye.