Tarkan Tribute at Music Gig
Initial weekend news stories from Tarkan's live show at the 20th Çeşme International Water Sports Festivities and Music Festival finale celebrations, report that Tarkan paid a tribute to Michael Jackson, who died suddenly in June this year.
Turkish media portals Haberturk and Gazeteport ran with the story that the artist dedicated his song "Unutmamali" (A-acayipsin, 1994) during his performance at the international Çeşme gig to the "King of Pop".
Gazeteport writes that the artist, dressed in black with a red tie, and a red band around his left arm, with red socks and red plasters on his fingers - styled in a scarlet version of Jackson's famous white accessories - sang his song "Unutmamali" (Mustn't Forget), and said to the crowd, "Michael was a huge name. The man and his songs will not be forgotten, mustn't be forgotten."
Meanwhile, Haberturk's report quotes the artist differently.
Singing the song "Unutmamali" - said to have been composed by Tarkan in memory of his own father who passed away in 1995 - before dedicating it to Jackson, Turkish music's own "Prince of Pop" was quoted as saying, "He was my idol. He will always live with us, we mustn't forget."
Tarkan Dazzles at Music Fest
Taking to the stage after the results of the international music contest were revealed, Tarkan sang sixteen of his hits for the audience in what became a dazzling end to six days of celebration aired live by sponsor Ege TV.
Watch Tarkan singing hit track "Kuzu Kuzu" at the 20th Çeşme Fest, 4 July 2009
(Courtesy of CNNTurk)
While changing into a white costume from his black and red combination, the crowd were shown Tarkan's music video to his "earth-song" track "Uyan" (Wake Up), and at the end of his show the crowd called out for more.
Haberturk's article describes the encore as ending with fireworks, after Tarkan returned to the stage wearing a vest, saying to the chanting crowd, "How can I say no to you?"
Tarkan's Çeşme Trip
Before the 4 July show, other entertainment reports about Tarkan's visit to Çeşme print claims that Tarkan changed to a different hotel from the one previously written, before going off to dine at famous local fish restaurant Can Baba, owned by Tarkan's friend Soner Göksel.
Turkish paper Milliyet reports on the dinner, with the star happily taking photographs with the other diners and expressing his pleasure at the warm hospitality shown by local fans.
The director to some of Tarkan's most popular music videos, including "Kuzu Kuzu" (Karma, 2001) and "Arada Bir" (Metamorfoz, 2007), Sabah claims Arolat told reporters he was planning to shoot a "crazy summer music video" for Tarkan in Çeşme.