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Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Tarkan in Demand Again?

By Steffan Matrak posted from Moscow, Russia

All Tarkan's three performances at Istanbul’s Cemil Topuzlu Open Air Stage on September 3, 4 and 6 are back on sale after being suspended last week, with three new dates at the venue for September 7, 9 and 10.

It follows the iconic singer's appearance to protest the failed 15 July coup in a TV advert running the slogan, "We are citizens of Turkey, we won't give in to coups or terrorism".

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Tarkan had previously signed a "No to Coup" manifesto released by celebrities days after the attacks, but the advert came against a backdrop of rising criticism against the iconic singer for refusing to share his condolences with civilians who lost their lives that day on his social media outlets.

He was conspiciously absent from a mass rally in Istanbul on Sunday where hundreds of thousands of people gathered under the hashtag #TurkeyUnited to protest against last month's attempted coup.

The line-up to the Harbiye concerts also reveals a change of heart by the singer who has decided to focus on his classical album instead of sidelining it for a pop release as previously planned.

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