Nalan Tokyürek, known as “Of aman Nalan” in 1990s with the songs “Don’t Hold Me”, “Of Aman”, “This is the Name of Love”, was a guest of Armağan Çağlayan’s “Stop Bi Listen”- Program broadcast on YouTube. He also shared the memory of “Cem Uzan” who would be banned in the following years for not taking up the offer.
“THIS HAS ALL BEGUN”
“I wanted to be a teacher while I was studying at the conservatory,” Tokyürek said. “Zeynep Talu was looking for a soloist for Garo Mafyan. They told me to meet them at Altın Pınar bar. But I didn’t go because I was working in another place. Zeynep Talu also came to the bar where I worked and listened to me. That’s how it all started.”
‘FEMALE VERSION OF FERDI TAYFUR’
The singer explained that Garo Mafyan gave him the nickname ‘Of Aman’: “When my first album was released, Garo Abi said, ‘Your name is Of Aman Nalan. You will also be the female version of Ferdi Tayfur. I was expected to sing arabesque music. But I sang Turkish music over pop. That’s why they said for years, “He doesn’t know what style he’s doing”.
“I had a panic attack”
Nalan Tokyürek also mentioned that she suffered from a panic attack between 2013 and 2016: “I couldn’t leave the house for almost a year. When I came out I was shaking and I couldn’t drive. I feel like I’m having a heart attack. I’m not afraid of death either. A year passed with the feeling: “If nothing happens, it will happen to them.” I finally decided to overcome it. I went to the doctor and was treated for panic Then I settled in Bodrum and found peace there.
THE ALBUM OFFER BY CEM UZAN
Explaining that she received an offer from Cem Uzan for her first album that didn’t reach a wide audience, the singer said: “Dear Cem Uzan loves me, I have God, now I love him very much.
“I PROMISED TO ANOTHER COMPANY”
Singer Nalan explains why she rejected this offer with these words: It’s too big for me, I was very scared, how should I explain that, I love people too. I admire Sezen Aksu so much that her inside is so beautiful that if I get hurt by something I say hello and run away. I loved him too, maybe I met someone else, the owner of the farm, I was very scared, I ran back because of my cowardice. I have already been promised Istanbul Plak.