Diyarbakir has an important place in literature, art and science as well as in music. Many local artists who perform local music have also been brought up in our city, which has a wide musical tradition. The aim of this research is to conduct a detailed examination of the “Velime nights”, an important musical tradition of Diyarbakir, which is about to be forgotten, and to ensure that the information acquired through interviews with the performers on these nights is transmitted to future generations in a correct way. In the research, by searching the literature, recorded audio and video recordings about Velime Nights were examined, and information was collected from the first sources about the period. Later, music performers who took part in Velime nights were interviewed and their opinions were taken about Velime nights. During the interviews, the purpose of Velime nights, the folk songs performed during the night, the maqams used and the instruments played were tried to be determined. Opinions were presented that Velime Nights were held for the purpose of entertainment, sharing, and social assistance within Diyarbakır music and that this important tradition should continue. The work is important in order to prevent the loss of the important cultural element of the region and to try to keep this culture alive by passing it on from generation to generation.
Diyarbakir Music Folklore, Performers, Velime Night