Lara Fabian is a pop star without borders—and now she’s adding Turkey to her list of conquests. She’s teamed up with Turkish singer-songwriter Mustafa Ceceli for the double release of “Al Gotur Beni”and its English version “Make Me Yours Tonight”.
The songs have only been out for two weeks, but already “Al Gotur Beni” has hit number one in Turkey – a fact Lara celebrated in a concert in Istanbul alongside Mustafa, who joins her on the tracks.
Ceceli is no stranger to working with former Eurovision stars. As well as writing his own songs, he has also worked on tracks for Eurovision winner Sertab Erener, including her song “Bu Boyle“.
It’s an interesting step for Lara to branch out once again. She’s had consistent success ever since appearing at Eurovision in 1988 for Luxembourg. “Croire” sold well across the continent and she’s slowly expanded across genres—and, in the process, her pop empire. She seems to be having more success than ever with her latest album “Le Secret” being her first to top both the Belgian and French charts at the same time.
As for the songs themselves, it’s hard to find too many flaws. They’re not ballads that will set the world on fire, but the traditional Turkish instrumentation stands out from Lara’s previous work. It’s also nice to see her stretch herself (and deliver) with some impressive vocals on “Al Gotur Beni” in particular, blending in well with Ceceli’s vocals on the chorus. It’s another sign that there’s no chance of her slowing down any time soon.