Turkey has submitted their first song to participate in the ABU Radio Song Festival 2018, as the showcase event in Kazakhstan draws closer.
Yahya Geylan and his song “Masum Bebek” (Innocent Baby) are the first song that the Turkish national broadcaster, TRT has ever submitted to take part in the ABU Radio Song Festival. Turkey is the 21st country in the history of the event to have submitted a song to take part in the ABU Radio Song Festival, following on from China, Macau, Nepal and Romania who debuted in 2016.
He was born on March 26, 1973 in Izmir. In 1992, he won a vocal competition at the Turkish national broadcaster which has seen Yahya participate in a number of programs at TRT. He continues to perform both of a solo artist but also alongside numerous singers on both radio and television.
The ABU Radio Song Festival 2018 will be held on July 11 as part of RadioAsia which is taking place between July 10 and July 12 at the Kazmedia Center. The Kazmedia Center is a purpose built facility, featuring media studios, newsrooms as well as a concert hall.
The ABU Radio Song Festival took a one-year break in 2017, with the event cancelled following the death of the former Thai King in 2016. The death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, lead to the host broadcaster of the event having to defer the hosting of the ABU Radio Song Festival.
The first festival in 2012 was held as a competitive event, with 13 songs being selected by a jury to compete in the live contest in Seoul, South Korea. A jury made up of fourteen members from nine countries, then voted on the songs. The winner was Billy Acoustie who was representing South Korea with the song “For A Rest”. Since 2014 the festival has been held as a gala event.