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most "a-acayip"* soldier is our soldier
newspaper Radikal, January 16, 2000
* "a-acayip" means
strange/wonderful and refers to
his album "A-acayipsin"
to Turkey after a space of 16 months, Tarkan sung his songs adored by
women all over the world, behind the stage got an army haircut and by
sunrise he ate durum* at the Boğaz. Coloured by Tarkan's erotic
dancers, the concert's revenue will be for the earthquake victims.
* durum is a
ISTANBUL - Living outside of the country for over a year, and facing the
point of losing his Turkish citizenship due to military service
difficulties, the famous pop singer Tarkan, with an "a-acayip"
concert, performed the "first of his patriotic duties".
Last year, beginning with France, Tarkan, who taught the women of so
many different countries to send kisses in his own inimitable style, has
said that "I cannot frustrate my overseas contracts" as an
explanation for not enrolling for military service and this scenario has
paved the way for the arguments concerning whether Tarkan was a star
representing Turkey outside her boundaries, or whether he was simply an
|Returning to Turkey after
a period of 16 months, Tarkan last night gave a concert at Yeşilköy's
Mydonose Showland, filled with three thousand people. Tarkan's
fans assembled to greet him with written placards such as "The
greatest soldier is our soldier" and "I came from Kocaeli (an
area hit by the earthquake) for you".
However, due to high ticket prices, the seven thousand capacity enormous
tent was noticable half empty. The revenue of the tickets, sold at
15, 20, 30 and 45 million lira, will be donated to the The Pious
Foundation of the Turkish Education Volunteers, where it will be used to
further their work in the earthquake region.
the 7 thousand large Mydonose Showland, the concert tickets, priced at
15, 20, 30 and 45 million lira, only managed to sell 3 thousand.
Coming on stage in a white suit of clothes, accompanied by chants of
"Yaylalar Yaylalar", Tarkan during the costume change had his
hair shorn off.
on stage in a white suit of clothes, accompanied by the chants of
"Yaylalar Yaylalar" (song/ballad used as a chant by soldiers
while in military training), Tarkan opened the concert with
"Unutmamalı". Images of the disaster areas on
multivision system accompanied the song. Speaking out to his fans
with the words "I still can't
I'm in Turkey, six beautiful dancers partnered him on stage.
Singing 18 of his pieces at the concert, Tarkan fused the watchers with
the well-known song "Şımarık". Leaving the stage to
the alluring erotic moves of the dancers, Tarkan disappeared only to
reappear supporting an army haircut.
Appearing on stage the
night before together with six young dancers, Tarkan will join the Malatya Altay
Private Chauffeur Education Regiment tomorrow evening. Mustafa Sandal is among Tarkan's soldier comrades.
those found befriending Tarkan on his farewell night were Şişli
District's President Mustafa Sarıgül, artists Gülben Ergen, Selami
Şahin and Erol Aksoy. The Minister of Culture, Istemihan Talay,
did not come to the concert but congratulated Tarkan by telegram.
During the time Tarkan had remained outside of Turkey, he had been
mentioned as an "ambassador of culture" by the Ministry of
Culture and an "army deserter" by the Ministry of Defense.
security crisis experienced during the artist's arrival in Turkey was
also the reason for the unsightly arguments during the concert.
After the first song, a few of those journalists that had been
forcefully escorted out by security personnel, gathered at the door and
protested the concert. Tarkan, who gained approval throughout the
night with his on stage performance, after the concert's end, like any
youth of Istanbul enjoying its night-life until the early hours of
morning, ended his night by eating durum. Taking in a durum-ayran
meal in Arnavutköy, Tarkan expressed how he had missed this taste in
The magazine press,
wishing to view Tarkan in the army, pictured here eating durum after the
concert, filled up the Malatya Altınkayısı Hotel.
Turkish newspaper Radikal, January 16, 2000.
With a special thanks to Ali Yıldırım
for the translation.
You're one in a million, Ali!