Aşık Mahzuni Şerif (born in Berçenek village of Afşin, Kahramanmaraş, Turkey in 17 November 1940 — 17 May 2002), also known as Mahsuni Şerif, was a Turkish folk musician, ashik, composer, poet, and author.
Musa Eroğlu (b. 1946) is a Turkish-Alevi folk musician.
Eroğlu was born in the Mut district of Icel, Turkey. He gained popularity with his work on a series of albums with artists Arif Sağ, Yavuz Top, and Muhlis Akarsu in the 1980s.
Hasret Gültekin (May 1, 1971 - July 2, 1993) was a Alevi-Kurdish-Turkish musician and poet who was murdered, along with 37 other people, in the Sivas Province of Turkey when a radical so-called Islamist mob set fire to the hotel at which he was staying.
Muhlis Akarsu (1948-1993) was a Turkish singer and player of the baglama. Akarsu was born in Kangal, Sivas. He became well known as a performer of Alevi music, whose main instrument is the baglama (sometimes called saz). He died on 2nd July 1993 while attending a conference in Sivas, when the hotel used by the delegates was attacked by Islamic extremists.
Grup Kızılırmak founded by İlkay Akkaya, Tuncay Akdoğan and İsmail İlknur in 10 October 1990 and is based in Turkey. The group is named after "Kızılırmak" poem of Hasan Hüseyin Korkmazgil. The group in best known for playing Anatolian Folk Music (Turku) and their protest lyrics. Their music is more innovative and tolerant, compared to the music of other protest music groups of the period.
Arif Sağ, born 1945 in Aşkale, Erzurum, Turkey is a singer, bağlama virtuoso and leading figure in modern Turkish folk music, as well as a former MP in the Turkish parliament (1987-1991), and an academic.