Mizgin was born in a mountain village, in the Turkish part of Kurdistan. As a two-year old she contracted polio, which left her legs partly paralyzed. This meant she lived very isolated, and never got to go to school. To occupy her time she taught herself to play saz and sing. At the age of 18 she moved to Istanbul, and soon after to Denmark, but her music still has roots in the Kurdish mountains, and their wild beauty. Mizgin was in 2007 chosen as the official refugee artist of the year.