Ferhat Tunç

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Ferhat Tunç
Birth nameFerhat Tunç Yoslun
Born (1964-03-14) 14 March 1964 (age 54)
Ovacık, Tunceli, Turkey
GenresTurkish folk music, Kurdish folk music, Zazaki folk music, Alevite folk music, Protest song
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, Writer
InstrumentsBağlama, Singing

Ferhat Tunç is a Zaza-Kurdish musician from Turkey

Ferhat Tunç in Oslo, August 2012

The Zaza-Kurdish, Alevi muslim, Turkish national singer Ferhat Tunç was born in 1964 in the city of Tunceli, in Turkey's eastern province of Tunceli.

His album Dersim - Kirmanciye Laments of 2012 reached number 9 of World Music Charts Europe in July 2012 and number 10 in August.[1]

Legal prosecution[edit]

In June 2012 he sentenced to 2 years in prison for terror related charges because during a speech in Dersim on 1 May 2011 Tunç said: “I greet you all in the revolutionary spirit of Deniz Gezmiş, Mahir Çayan and İbrahim Kaypakkaya.” All three he greeted are Turkish leftist. [2] On the 20 December 2012 the sentence was turned into a three year ban to speak about the same theme.[3]

On the 25 September 2018 he was sentenced to 1 year 11 months and 11 days in prison for terror propaganda on behalf on the YPG, PKK and KCK due to his social media posts during the fighting between ISIL and Kurdish fighters in Kobanî in 2014 and 2015.[4]



External links[edit]


  1. ^ Johannes Theurer (list compiler) (1 August 2012). "World Music Charts Europe August 2012". Worldmusic Workshop of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  2. ^ support, EYWA. "Turkey: Ferhat Tunc sentenced to two years in prison". Freemuse. Retrieved 2019-01-14.
  3. ^ support, EYWA. "Turkey: Ferhat Tunc". Freemuse. Retrieved 2019-01-14.
  4. ^ TM. "Singer Ferhat Tunç sentenced to 2 years in prison for terrorism propaganda - Turkish Minute". Retrieved 2019-01-14.