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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Press Snippets: Media Tarkan Tales Extra

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

After paper Sabah female columnist Sevilay Yükselir wrote about listening to Tarkan track "Şıkıdım" (A-acayipsin, 1994) in central East Africa, in her article titled "Tarkan in Tanzania", Elif Ergu writing for Vatan has done the same.

"There are Turkish schools over there. The kids speak Turkish. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't surprised. These are schools that are favoured by wealthy Tanzanians [for their children]. Amongst their amazing shows [displayed during the evening], was one accompanied by Tarkan's "Şıkıdım" which they sang," she writes.

Moving on, Turkish journalist portal Bianet's Saturday selection BiaMag has an article by Sarphan Uzunoğlu who has attacked Turkey's terrorist laws, which have been tightened similar to America's Patriot Acts.

"The cases that come before the courts under these Turkish Terrorist Acts are all being treated as "patriotic cases" supported by a certain idealogical section," he warns, before stressing that the latest file to be opened against terrorists wanting to gain political power in southeastern Turkey will even include names like Tarkan and Sezen Aksu because of their campaigns in the region, which they spearheaded at the risk of being branded unpatriotic.

"It is up to [the Turkish public] to put a stop to this," he says.

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Turkish paper Bugün has posted up a video online about often ridiculed singer Nihat Doğan, who recently appeared on Kanalturk talk show Atıf Hoca ile Reklam ve Rekabet.

Known for making exaggerated comments, he is filmed claiming that when not even "300 hundred people turned up to Tarkan's signing day, 23 thousand turned up to see me" - although it's not clear exactly when this was meant to have taken place.

Meanwhile, with the news that Tarkan will be featuring in singer Kibariye's latest release out very soon, she has appeared on Beyaz Show, a talk show hosted by comedian Beyazıt Öztürk - who has run a long campaign to get Tarkan on the long-running series.

She spoke of his support, and his quality, as a musician and person, and gave the news that Tarkan was supervising her latest album, while preparing to duet with her, too.

"He is currently in America, but he will be back ... and we will be singing together... We also have other surprises in store," she said.

Host Öztürk couldn't help take a small dig at the Turkish megastar, however, to say that although their long campaign to get him on the show had failed, maybe Kibariye would persuade him.

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"He is watching us right now ... and he never said he wouldn't appear," Kibariye said, to which Öztürk responded that if Tarkan is watching this maybe he'd like "to come on over".

There had been recent gossip in the press that Tarkan might have appeared for the show's season finale this year.

Elsewhere, Haberturk correspondent Oben Budak has tweeted that Tarkan's 2010 album is still being worked on, due to a final song still under production.

He tweets that the last song is being produced by Ozan Doğulu, who has recently released his own album with two songs by Tarkan that the megastar re-recorded for the producer.

Doğulu has worked with Tarkan before on the 2001 hit single "Hüp" and the 2008 re-issue of the megastar's Metamorfoz.

Media Markt flyer with new Tarkan SD card promotionAnd finally, a new Tarkan product is beening advertised in brochures carried by Media Markt, a market leader in consumer electronics centres in Europe, which had opened offices in Turkey in 2007.

Although it is not counted as an official sale to go towards any sales generated tally, Media Markt are offering microSD cards pre-loaded with Tarkan's latest track "Sevdanın Son Vuruşu" ("Love's Last Strike").

Turkey's megastar had been the first Turkish artist to release music on microSD at the start of the year, after flash memory maker SanDisk had announced slotMusic in 2008, a new way for musicians to sell DRM-free tunes on microSD cards.

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