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LIVE MUSIC: Turkish Musician Latif Bolat Performs at the Main Library

Traditional Turkish folk music, Sufi songs – even a whirling dervish – will make the Main Library a lively place on Sunday, October 14. Musician Latif Bolat, accompanied by a dervish dancer, performs 2:00-3:30 p.m. at the Library located at 215 E. Third Street, downtown. The performance is free and open to the public.

One of the most well-known Turkish musicians in the U.S., Latif Bolat performs a vast repertoire, ranging from Sufi songs and Turkish Folk music to classical pieces. Bolat plays devotional Sufi songs called Ilahi and Nefes, from the Anatolian peninsula. The lyrics of Ilahis or Nefeses are taken largely from the great mystic poets Yunus Emre, Niyazi Misri, and other ancient troubadours of Turkey.

In addition to his concerts and lectures, Bolat has recorded four CDs, made many TV and radio appearances, and composed music for the PBS Documentary “Mohammed: Legacy of a Prophet” and George Lucas’s “Young Indiana Jones” TV series. He is also the co-author of a Turkish Sufi poetry book titled “Quarreling with God,” published by White Cloud Books (Oregon, 2008).

The Dayton Metro Library’s Second Sunday Music Series often features world music, with informal performances from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. the second Sunday of each month.

For more information, visit the Events Calendar at or call 937.463.2665.

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