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Mizgin, who was chosen the official refugee artist of the year in 2007, has followed a challenging and inspiring road to this accolade. Born in an isolated Kurdish mountain village in the East of Turkey, Mizgin contracted polio at the age of two, leaving her partially paralyzed. Unable to go to school and isolated from peers, Mizgin taught herself to sing and play the saz, a string instrument common to the region. Music, which began as a pastime of necessity, soon became an integral way of self-expression.
Mizgin moved to Istanbul and soon after to Denmark, but her music still has roots in the wild beauty of Kurdish mountains. Her songs, lively folk ballads accompanied with saz and traditional percussion, reflect the rich history of folk music in the area.
Since 2003, Mizgin has been collaborating with Shohreh Shahrzad, a Muslim woman drummer and performer with Iranian roots. In the spring of 2009, she participated in the Muslim Women Music Makers tour, organized by the Missing Voices consortium.