He was born in Sevdilli village of Elbistan in Kahramanmaraş Province on June 18, 1958. He is the son of Nesimi Çimen who is a great Ashik, songwriter and Cura Virtuoso in history. His parents originate however from Hozat in Tunceli Province.
His family moved to Istanbul as he was still in pre-school age. After Mazlum finished his primary school education, he attended Istanbul State Conservatory to study violin. Four years later, he switched over to ballet dancing section of the same music school and graduated in 1981. He entered Istanbul State Opera and Ballet as a ballet dancer, where he is still employed.
Mazlum toured across the country with his father Nesimi Çimen, a well-known folk music singer, and was so introduced in music composing. He created his first compositions already in 1980. With his music teacher İhsan Yüce's initiation, he stepped into the film music field, where he found the strong support of Onat Kutlar, a poet and co-founder of the Istanbul International Film Festival.
His first commercial compositions were for the film Mem û Zin in 1991 and for the TV mini-series Aysarı'nın Zilleri in 1992. He was awarded three times the Golden Orange and twice the Golden Boll for best film score. In 2008, he received the Best Film Score Award for Nokta at the Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival in France.
- 68'den 6 Mayıs'a
- Nazım Hikmet Belgeseli
- Mem û Zin (1991)
- Gelincik Tarlası (1993)
- Soğuk Geceler (1994) aka Kalte Nächte
- Hollywood Kaçakları (1996)
- Işıklar Sönmesin (1996)
- Büyük Adam Küçük Aşk (2002) aka Hejar or Big Man, Little Love or Megali exousia, mikri agapi
- Gönlümdeki Köşk Olmasa (2002) aka Omfavn mig måne or House of Hearts
- Martılar Açken (2002)
- Oyun (2005)
- Solgun Duvarlı Kent (2007)
- Son Cellat (2008)
- Nokta (2008) aka Dot
- Umut (film) (2009)
- Köy (2009) aka The Village
TV mini-series scoreEdit
- Aysarı'nın Zilleri (1992)
- Berivan (2002)
- Gelin (2003) aka The Bride
- Şıh Senem (2003)
- Hacı (2006) aka Hadji
- Kara Duvak (2007)
- Hanımın Çiftliği (2009)
- Yunus Emre (1989 Diyarbakır State Theatre)
- Ferhat ile Şirin (İstanbul City Theatre)
- Hababam Sınıfı Güle Güle (1981)
- Hoşçakal Yarın (1998) or Goodbye Tomorrow - Yusuf Arslan
- Gönlümdeki Köşk Olmasa (2002) - Ali
- Anlat İstanbul (2004) - Şehmuz
- Son Cellat (2008) - Ampul Adam
- Yahşi Batı (2009) - Wanted Şerif I
- Umut (2009) - İlyas
- Söz Vermiştin (2019) - Mazlum
- "Biyografi" (in Turkish). Mazlum Çimen. Archived from the original on 2010-03-24. Retrieved 2010-01-02.
- Maro, Asu (2009-07-06). "Halk ozanının balet oğlu!". Milliyet (in Turkish). Retrieved 2010-01-11.
- "Kahraman devlet olsun babalarımızı korusun!". Milliyet (in Turkish). 2009-05-23. Retrieved 2010-01-11.
- "Filmler". Milliyet (in Turkish). Retrieved 2010-01-11.[permanent dead link]