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Friday, October 16, 2009

Moving On Without Tarkan

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

Tarkan Deluxe takes another look at the recent crop of news stories from the Turkish media that mention popular recording artist Tarkan.

In Rıfat Sarıcaoğlu's column for Turkish newspaper Vatan, dated 13 October 2009, the columnist questions why Turkey is failing at producing enough "leaders" in the fields of politics, commerce and the arts - and blames it on the education system for not inspiring the young.

Defining a leader as someone that shows the way, Sarıcaoğlu gives examples of those that lead in their prospective fields.

"Just think, while you read this 1,500 children will have been born. What will leadership mean to them? To be like Tarkan in the arts and like Brad Pitt in the movies?"

Emir: "I'm Not Trying to be Tarkan"

EmirMoving on, Hürriyet has published an interview with newcomer Emir - who had topped one of the Turkish nation's most important charts with Tarkan's song "Ben Sen Olamam" and was snapped by Tarkan's music label HITT after their mutual friend and producer Ozan Çolakoğlu brought them together - has spoken to say that he hasn't made an obvious attempt to look like Tarkan.

Mentioning the possibility that the new acts of today could be the stars of the future, Emir also spoke about Tarkan wanting to come aboard on his début album after hearing his songs.

"I sensed Tarkan was going to complete what he said was missing from my album," he said.

When asked whether he was uncomfortable with such comparisons as being Tarkan's clone, Emir replied, "I prepared myself for such reports. Tarkan is so set above the rest with his work ethic and kindness, that being like him in this respect would be something to be proud of.


"If you're talking about physical similarities, then there's nothing to do about that. I'm olive skinned, of medium height with coloured eyes, I didn't do anything special to look like him."

Emir has recently moved on to release his second video single to song "Eline Düştüm" composed by popular Greek songwriter Phoebus with lyrics by female singer-songwriter Yıldız Tilbe, who also provides backing vocals in the track.

Tilbe had come out in support of Tarkan by sporting a mohawk after the recording artist had revealed his new cropped locks during New York's Fashion Week in America.

Nature Campaign Doing More Damage Than Good?

In other news, the support generated by Tarkan's nature campaign for the southeastern region of Turkey, in which the Turkish government plans to build a controversial dam to head off the country's energy concerns, has moved on to influence other artists to take up the cause.

As previously reported, most notably Turkish diva Ajda Pekkan - recently on stage with Tarkan at the Harbiye - has been the last to raise awareness by giving a concert at the historical site.

However, one article writes that head of the excavation Prof. Dr. Abdüsselam Uluçam - who featured in a BBC news report about the site and has also criticised celebrity activism - has said that such concerts do more damage than the building of any dam.

The article writes that Tarkan also promised to give a concert in the region at the start of his involvement in the campaign, but this never materialised.

Other News Reports

Meanwhile, in reports from local commentators about the annual Bolu White Meat Festival moving on after Tarkan's appearance for it's 2nd year in 2008 - where reportedly a crowd of 100,000 people had attended the event - criticisms continue that the gig has become a platform for stars rather than the promotion of the region.

"If they weren't going to use the asphalt laid down for Tarkan's show last year, why did they do it? Surely that money could have been better spent," one commentator opined.

And finally elsewhere, newspaper Sabah has reported that Tarkan's ex-girlfriend has a new man in her life.

Lawyer and businesswoman Bilge Öztürk has been filling up her spare time with professional water sports, and its claimed she has found love in the arms of professional water sportsman Salih Alexander Çakır, just over a year after breaking up with Turkey's greatest - but loneliest - star.

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