Candan Erçetin, one fifth of the band Klips ve Onlar, who represented Turkey at the Eurovision Song Contest in Bergen, 1986, is to give a special, one-off concert in Istanbul.
The concert is a Mother’s Day special and will take place on the second Sunday of May, the day on which Mother’s Day falls traditionally in Turkey. According to the Turkish news website, Habertut, Candan will perform songs from her repertoire as well as new songs from a forthcoming album.
As part of the band Klips ve Onlar, Candan Erçetin represented her native Turkey at Eurovision in 1986. The song, Halley, finished in ninth position with 53 points. It was the country’s best performance to that date and it secured Erçetin’s place in Turkish popular music where she is known for her sonorous voice and red hair.
Since then, she has released 9 albums, one of which, Chante hier aujourd’hui was recorded almost entirely in French and features covers of songs originally made famous by artists such as Edith Piaf, Charles Aznavour and Jacques Brel. Her most recent album, Aranjman 2011, saw her record a brand new version of Tu te reconnaîtras. The song won the Eurovision Song Contest for Luxembourg in 1973 when it was performed in French by Anne-Marie David. Candan Erçetin’s version is in both the French and Turkish languages.
The Mother’s Day concert will start from 16.00 on Sunday, 12 May at Bostanci Gösteri Merkezi, Istanbul.
Turkey will not be competing at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
Klips ve Onlar in 1986 –