The Artist Birthday Series


Tarkan: singer

Tarkan Tevetoğlu (b. 17 October 1972), popularly known simply as Tarkan, is a Turkish pop singer. He was born in West Germany and raised in Turkey. He has released several platinum-selling albums during his career, with an estimated 29 million albums and singles sold. He also produces music through his company HITT Music, which he established in February 1997.


Tarkan was born in Alzey, West Germany, to Ali and Neşe Tevetoğlu. The name “Tarkan” is said to originate from an ancient Turkic king or title, meaning “bold and strong.” It wasn’t until he was well into his career in 2009, the the public discovered that “Tarkan” was, in fact, his middle name and his first name was actually “Hüsamettin,” which means “sword of faith.” His parents were part of the generation of Turkish immigrants who came to West Germany during that country’s economic boom in the 1960’s.

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