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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Harbiye's Unforgettable Evening

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

Turkish nationwide television news channel NTV has aired a news report about Tarkan's 1 August Harbiye show, describing it as one of the open air theatre's most crowded evenings that saw unforgettable live renditions by Turkey's most famous popstar.

With tickets sold out, the news report reveals that people even paid for the chance to sit on the steps of the arena to watch Tarkan in a stunning performance of past and present hits, with the show starting thirty minutes late because of the long queues.

Tarkan did not disappoint, opening his first set seated on a stool and singing his classic "Kuzu Kuzu" (Karma, 2001), showing off a muscled and trim body in a white shirt and slacks. This was followed by his European smash hit single "Şımarık" (Ölürüm Sana, 1997), with Tarkan standing up to dance in his own erotic, signature style.

The report records that, contrasting with the latest technical stage lights and effects employed on stage, Tarkan decided to sing his classic tracks in a more understated and basic fashion, pushing the focus on his strong vocals and stripping back production.

Tarkan's Harbiye Show on NTV (© NTV)

"It's great to see such a packed audience," Tarkan spoke to the crowd, unable to contain his tremendous energy on stage.

"When they tell us inside that it's full out here, we get so excited we can hardly keep still ... This year we wanted to sing more acoustic arrangements of our songs, more organic, and to sing some songs we haven't sung in a while."

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