Latif Bolat is a Turkish Singer, Composer, and Scholar of Turkish Music and Folklore.
A native of the Turkish Mediterranean town of Mersin, after receiving his degree in folklore and music at Gazi University in Ankara, Turkey, he taught traditional music throughout the country. He then went on to manage Ankara Halk Tiyatrosu, a musical theater company, which performed traditional musical plays. Mr.Bolat also received additional degrees in Turkish History and Middle East Religion and Politics from Ankara University and an MBA from San Francisco State University.
Now residing in California, Mr. Bolat is one of the most distinguished Turkish musicians in the US. His concert and conference itinerary has taken him all across America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and England. With a vast repertory that includes songs in classical, folk and Sufi mystic music styles, he accompanies his singing on the baglama (long-necked lute), and various other traditional instruments from the Turkish folk music tradition.