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?erif C?r?k (17 November 1939 - 17 May 2002), also known as Mahzuni ?erif, was a folk musician, ashik, composer, poet, and author from Turkey.[1]

Mahzuni ?erif was born in Berçenek village of Af?in, Kahramanmara?, Turkey in 1940.[2][3] The word Ak preceding his name is a title used to indicate his position as a respected musician, but also indicates his affiliation with Alevism, a variety of Shi'a Islam.

He became one of Turkey's best-known musical interpreters, and brought strong intellectual and social elements into Turkish folk music and folk poetry. He died on 17 May 2002 in Porz, Köln, Germany, four days after his arrival for medical care about his heart problems.


  • 1950: He finished primary school in Berçenek and continues Elbistan Alembey village in Kahramanmara?, where he learns to read and write in old Turkish language.
  • 1957: He visited Mersin Astsubay school (military school).
  • 1960: He started Ankara technique military school but was discarded due to undisciplinary actions.
  • 1961 From this time forward he starts producing music cassettes and LPs.

His writings become more widely known.

  • 1972: His house in Gaziantep was set in fire and his entire archive was burned.
  • 1989-1991: Ak Mahzuni was chosen head of Halk Ozanlar? Derne?i (Association of Turkish ashiks).
  • 1997: He suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and he was examined in Ulm, Germany.
  • 1998: He becomes proprietor of 58 cassettes and 8 books. In several countries his music was covered in other languages.
  • 2001: He was accused by the DGM (Turkey's State Security Court) of one of his sayings.[1] However, no penalty was attributed thereafter.
  • 2001: In late 2001, he suffered from heart problems and a heart attack.
  • 2002: He died in Köln while under medical supervision for four days.


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