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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Tarkan Sings to the Turkic World

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

Heralding a new look that seems to be a mix of his Karma and Dudu eras, Turkish singer Tarkan has once again taken to the stage for the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) to sing at the end of a gala celebrating the opening of a new TV station on the 21 March in the Turkish capital of Ankara.

The newest television station of the Turkish public broadcaster, TRT Avaz has begun broadcasting in an effort to reach 250 million people living in 27 countries in Central Asia, the Caucasus and the Balkans. The name of the channel was announced by Turkish President Abdullah Gül.

TRT Avaz will replace the satellite station TRT Türk and will feature programs in Azeri, Kazak, Kyrgyz, Uzbek and Turkmen languages, all of which will also offer Turkish subtitles. Speaking at the ceremony organized by the TRT to celebrate the spring solstice Nevruz and introduce TRT Avaz, President Gül said Avaz means "voice" in the 27 target countries and will help connect those who share a common culture and set of principles.

Tarkan singing "Kuzu Kuzu" (TRT Avaz/21 March 2009)

Uniting with Music

Canli GasteTarkan's scheduled show had also made the national TV headlines before the gala, with the singer appearing via phone on Turkish news station NTV's new current affairs show Canlı Gaste, hosted by reputable journalist Can Dündar, to talk about his upcoming TV appearance.

"It's going to be a celebration of a spring festival ... it's a celebration of nature, and our natural world is fighting for survival ... Intolerance must come to an end; all across the world, we must unite and I believe days like this are an opportunity for that.

Tarkan speaking to Can Dündar via phone (Canlı Gaste/NTV)

"Music has a unifying, entertaining side to it. I'm going to do my part towards that aim by singing songs for the evening," Tarkan told Dündar during the live phone interview.

Tarkan had previously appeared for TRT on their New Year show, which had been aired in a special repeat with extra footage added in February, and for a special show in celebration of Turkish national Children's Day last year.

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