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Monday, April 05, 2010

Absence of Female Support for Tarkan

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

Screencap of reportTurkish paper Sabah has run an interview with female pop singer Tuğba Ekinci, who has recently been taken under the wing of Turkish diva Nazan Öncel, which reveals that Tarkan and the respected female singer/songwriter - who once said Tarkan could have been the next Elvis - are on talking terms again (see left pic).

However, from what Ekinci says, Öncel doesn't seem to have any songs in the pipes for Tarkan.

Expressing that she felt proud Öncel had chosen to support her, she said, "A lot of people called her [for songs] when I was with her. Even Tarkan called her. But Ms Öncel told him, 'I don't have anything at the moment Tarkan dear, if something comes up I'll let you know'."

Ekinci goes on in the interview to express her joy at Öncel's backing, and thinks that it is all a dream. "I mean can you believe it, after working with Tarkan to choose to work with me? When I think about it, I feel I'm going to go mad," she said.

A dispute over the ownership of the hit track "Şımarık" (Ölürüm Sana, 1997) with Sezen Aksu had led Tarkan to work with Öncel in 2001, putting her name to such hits as "Hüp" (Karma, 2001) and "Dudu" (Dudu, 2003).

In a strange repeat of history, it was rumoured that Tarkan was on less than friendly terms with Öncel over the hit song "Hüp".

Aksu in America

Screencap of reportsMeanwhile, coupled with news that Öncel is busy with other singers, is Aksu's absence from Turkey - entertaining the Turkish diaspora in America, her first time performing at venues across the Atlantic in ten years (see left pic).

Marked as one of the best events for last weekend by The Washington Post, while Marie Gullard's piece for the Washington Examiner decides to cut out any mention of Tarkan on her write-up of Aksu - preferring to focus on female singers Şebnem Ferah and Hande Yener instead, most of the light on Aksu's shows has been taken by another musician making a niche name for himself in the American music market - celebrated musician Fahir Atakoğlu who will be accompanying her on the piano.

"In our musical journey, we wrote songs together. Sezen Aksu wrote lyrics to my melodies that have become hits in Turkey and all over Europe. I also wrote arrangements and produced albums for Sezen. In my career I have shared the stage with her many times; and for me every-time has been a great honor and a musical privilege to play for her," Atakoğlu is quoted as saying in the reports.

Tarkan had featured in Atakoğlu's own 2008 album tribute album "IZ" commemorating the jazz musician's 25 years in music, with the Aksu-Atakoğlu 1990s classic "Alâturka".

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