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Zemfira Ramazanova

Zemfira Ramazanova

Zemfira Ramazanova


Zemfira Ramazanova is a Russian singer, musician, composer and songwriter. She is one of the most successful singers in the history of Russian music. Her music style is “female rock.”
Pretty girl was born on August 26, 1976 in Ufa, Russia. Her father taught history, and the mother worked as a specialist in physiotherapy. The girl had elder brother Ramil, with whom the singer had close and trusting relationship. At the age of five the future singer studied at music school where she played the piano and was a soloist in the choir. At the same time, she appeared on local television with a children’s song.
The girl was seven years old when she wrote the first song. She was fond of the group Kino and the songs of Viktor Tsoi.
At school Zemfira was seriously engaged in basketball. Despite the fact that the girl was below everyone in the team, she became the captain of the junior team of Russia. Thus, she had to make a choice – sport or music. So, the girl entered the Ufa School of Arts, the department of pop and jazz vocal. While studying she earned money, performing popular songs in Ufa restaurants. And in 1996 she got a job on the radio.

At the end of 1998 Zemfira recorded her first album. Ilya Lagutenko, leader of the group Mumiy Troll, took part in the recording. The disc was released in May 1999 and it was a resounding success.
The first tour, which started three months after the release of the album, also exceeded all expectations, there were sold out concerts. At the end of the tour the singer became the headliner of the first music festival Invasion.
Forgive Me My Love became the most popular disc of 2000 in Russia, and also the most commercially successful of all the discography of the singer. You know, she became Artist of the Year according to the music magazine OM.
Later, in 2004, she performed two brightest duets: one with Ilya Lagutenko at the rock festival Maxidrome and the second with Queen at the MTV Russia Music Awards (Freddie Mercury’s immortal song We are the Champions).
Her next album became another breakthrough in the history of Russian rock. The disk Live In Your Head set a new record in national Internet sales.
At the end of 2103 Zemfira was awarded the MTV Europe Music Award as the best Russian performer.
You know, she has released five studio albums (since 1999). The lyrical content of her songs expresses the problems of the generation.
Also she became a producer of the musical film The Green Theatre in Zemfira (2008), which received positive reviews from critics.
Together with the film director Renata Litvinova she became a co-producer of Last Rita’s Fairy Tale (2012).
In 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015 the singer was one of the Top-100 Most Influential Women in Russia.
In July 2017, the journalists learned that Zemfira could write a soundtrack for the film about the Great Patriotic War Sevastopol 1952. Directors of the film are negotiating with the singer.

Personal life
Her personal life was filled with all sorts of rumors. At the very beginning of her career the singer announced the upcoming wedding with Vyacheslav Petkun. But it was nothing more than PR. Since then, her name was unreasonably associated with oligarch Roman Abramovich, then with the director of the singer Anastasia Kalmanovich.
In recent years, journalists said that Zemfira and Renata Litvinova were not just friends.
In 2010, her elder brother Ramil drowned in the river during the underwater hunting. A year earlier, the dad of the singer died from a long illness, and in early 2015 she lost her mother.
Her official site: www.zemfira.ru

Zemfira Ramazanova