Aşık Mahzuni Şerif
Mahzuni Şerif was born in Berçenek village of Afşin, Kahramanmaraş, Turkey in 1940. The word Aşık preceding his name is a title used to indicate his position as a respected musician, but also indicates his affiliation with the Alevi 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 Kahramanmaraş, 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: Aşık Mahzuni was chosen head of Halk Ozanları Derneği (Association of Turkish ashiks).
- 1998: He becomes proprietor of 58 cassettes and 8 books. In several international 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. 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.
Asking and Asking
Asking and Asking____
Made my mind go foolish
By hitting it on the stones
I looked for my dear fellow
By asking and asking to all
Some light out, some go out
Some get up, some get down
The palaces turn into ruins
Enduring to all
Enter Mahzuni into the friend’s affection
Snow fell on the mountain of friends
My youth in my life’s period
Is wounded all
The Order of this Earth
The order of this earth is not smooth
I shall not spend it with false words
I may not execute myself
Because of my conscience
The tears drop into myself
How hard is the parch stone
I may not see the bird in the Erciyes Mountain
Because it’s blind-eyed
I have no strength besides
I planted crops but could not harvest them
The rulers decided on the order when I’m faultless
I cannot leave the friend, Mahzuni
- Mahzuni Şerif on Turkuler.com
- www.turkudostlari.net/search.asp?a=1130&x=1 List of his songs with links to the lyrics