The Group Zaman have been selected to represent Bashkortostan at this years Turkvizyon Song Contest in Kazan, Tatarstan. They won last night’s Bashkir selection with the song “Kubair” (Кубаир) which was written by Aydar Khamzin and Venera Nigmatullina.
Zaman is made up of eight people; Al’fiya Nigmatullina the soloist, DJ, Kurai player, dumbyrist, two backing vocalists and two dancers. The band was started in December 2013 in Moscow and is made up of music graduates from Universities in Bashkortostan and Moscow, they see themselves are reflecting Bashkir culture with a contemporary sound.
The act were selected by a jury made up of Bashkir music stars and international organisers, on the jury were:
- Vakhit Khyzyrov
- Svetlana Arginbayeva
- Ural Idel’bayev
- Vil’dan Yarullin
- Robert Yuldashev
- Boris Melkoyedov – Head of Press and Mass Media
- Islam Bagirov – Coordinator of Turkvizyon 2014
- Damir Davletshin – Director General of host television station Maidan TV
- Aygul’ Akhmadeyeva – CEO of the Bashkir TV station Kurai