KAZIMIR THE RUSSIAN DADDY
Few people in Minsk don’t know charismatic old man walking around the old city. 69-years old Kazimir surprises and rejoices passers-by with his extraordinary outfits and exclusive canes, likes to be photographed with gawkers. Charisma is a distinguishing feature of the future European club scene artist. He constantly speaks extempore verses. Seven months ago, this legendary man discovered a new role for himself – grandfather Kazimir became a fashionable DJ! He updated his image with glasses, cap, leather jacket and exclusive black boots with studs. As a Dj, Kazimir tries to be aware of all trends in club music; his 8 grandchildren help him with it. The producer of the project KAZIMIR RUSSIAN DADDY has been preparing it for four years looking for a charismatic old man all over the former Soviet Union. Seven months ago the producer met Kazimir in one of Minsk hookahs and since that day everything started to happen. DJ Kazimir Russian Daddy hasn’t come out in the big world, but the first track is already available in 12 of the largest music stores in the world, including iTunes, Amazon and Juno Download. By the way the first single ‘Just wanna be’ can be found even in Shazam. In the near future their plans include creating a song with the famous Russian pop singer where grandfather Kazimir will be not only a DJ, but also a singer. Old man is really happy with this new twist of fate – it brings him back to young years when he used to be a director in local palaces of culture organizing concerts and discos for people pleasure. Also he was an artist, photographer, carver, and projectionist. Movement is his credo. Last years all his activities have stopped so it was a real luck for him to meet IlyaSuhomlin – producer of the project.
After advancing to the semi-finals, held on December 21, 2011, Alyona qualified for the Eurofest 2012 finals as one of the five chosen from the 15 entries. On February 14, 2012, she won the right to represent her country in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan with her song “All My Life”. However, on February 24, 2012, it was announced that Lanskaya was disqualified after the Belarusian President conducted an investigation leading to her “unfair” win in Eurofest 10 days earlier after rumors circulated that the producers had rigged the televoting giving her 12 points making her the winner. In response to the allegations, the president ordered an immediate investigation and later confirmed them to be true. She was replaced by Litesound instead, who got second place in Eurofest finals. After the disqualification from Eurofest 2012, Alyona entered again the following year to represent Belarus in 2013 with the song “Rhythm of Love” written by Leonid Shirin, Yuri Vashchuk and A. Shirin. On December 7, 2012, Lanskaya won the national final, gaining top marks from both the public and jury vote, and represented Belarus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö, Sweden. On March 4, 2013, it was revealed Lanskaya’s song was officially changed to the song “Solayoh.” In 2013, Lanskaya released her second studio album, Solayoh, featuring her hit Eurovision single and “Rhythm of Love”.
Belarussian singer Anastasiya Tihanovich was born on the 23 of December 1980 in the capital of Belarus, city of Minsk. Taking her first music lessons when she was only 4, she got excellent musical education in the Republic College of Art, which were completed with knowledges in the sphere of producing and art management during Anastasiya’s studies at the University of Modern Knowledges. In 2001 Anastasiya Tihanovich began to work at her first songs and was preparing to the performance at National festival of Music and Poetry in Molodechno, where she presented her first ballad “Wake me up” (V. Domaratskiy – L. Pronchak) with the State concert orchestra (conductor – People’s Artist of Belarus Michael Finberg). Her participation in the popular Belarussian song contest “Hit-moment” brought Anastasiya Tihanovich the victory nomination, her song “Farewell” (Y. Popavskaya – L. Pronchak) became the finalist of this contest. During Tv-chart “Crossroads of Europe” the song “Half of the world for happiness” (S. Zhdanovich – M. Kozhuh) was included into the list of finalists and Anastasiya Tihanovich got the special award called “Hope” . In the musical biography of the singer there is participation in different festivals and concert programms, including international festivals “Golden Hit” (Belarus), “Vilnius” (Lithuania), “Melody of two hearts” (Ukraine), “Wreath of friendship” (Belarus), “Generation which believes” (Belarus), “Slavyanskiy bazaar in Vitebsk” (Belarus) and many others Anastasiya Tihanovich collaborates with many of Belarussian song writers and musical producers. Her songs, especially “Into your lips”, “Somewhere”, “Thats it”, “I’ll picture love” are pretty well known among belarussian pop-music admirers. Since 2002 Anastasiya Tihanovich takes part in the literature-musical projects of the composer Vladimir Kazbanov “Doors of confession” (2002), “Preobrazhenskaya street” (2007) based on the lyrics of nun Anastasiya Shereshevskaya; “To love and to forgive” (2009) based on the Valentina Polikanina lyrics. As the important moment of her activity Anastasiya Tihanovich mentions her collaboration with charity organizations. Durig last time, the singer took part in many charity projects, organized by Belarussian charity foundations “Touch to the life”, “Children in trouble”, representatives of children’s orphanages, BRUY, “Egida” organization, and others. To help people who really needs help is possible right now: you can read more about it at our page CHILD AID. In 2005 Anastasiya Tihanovich became the creator and the producer of the first Belarussian tv-contest for young singers “Star Equipage” (STV company). In 2006 Anastasiya was invited to collaborate with the State National Teleradiocompany of Belarus as the creator and executive producer of Belarussian selection to Eurovision Song Contest – National Television Musical Project “EuroFest”. At present time Anastasiya Tihanovich continues to work at her new songs and projects.
She has been on the professional scene as an artist for over 15 years and graduated from the Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts as a performer and vocal coach. She released a couple of solo albums and done many big concerts in Belarus e.g. with the Presidential Orchestra, and at the Palace of the republic as well as many TV and radio projects. Also concerts abroad for example in Poland and Lithuania as well as the opening of the Olympics in Beijing and tours in the country with bands like Boney M, TATU, Baccara, Army of Lovers.
The band, originally conveived as an acoustic duo, was formed in 2002 by the brothers Dmitry and Vladimir Karyakin. In 2005, the band was changed into a quartet, also including bassist Mario Gulinsky and drummer Sergey Genko. In 2006, the band won the Maiori International Music Festival, held in Italy, during which they met Italian singer Jacopo Massa, also taking part in the competition. Massa and Litesound started co-working, and Massa appeared as a guest in several concerts of the band. Massa later became an official member of the band, together with Russian guitarist Alex Kolchin and Belarusian drummer Ignat Yakovich, while Gulinsky and Genko left the group in 2006. The band competed in the Eurofest 2006, performing the song “My Faith”. Litesound also participated in the Eurofest 2008, performing the song “Do You Believe”, and in the Eurofest 2009, placing third with the song “Carry On”, also featuring vocals by Dakota. In 2010, the band released the debut album Going to Hollywood, including the single “Solo per the”. Starting from December 2011, Litesound took part in Eurofest 2012, the national selection for the Belarusian entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2012. During the semi-final of the contest, held on 21 December 2011, Litesound performed the song “We Are the Heroes”. After being admitted to the final, they decided not to change their entry. On 14 February 2012, Alyona Lanskaya was announced the winner of the Eurofest 2012, while Litesound came in second place. However, on 21 February 2012, the Belarusian president conducted an investigation about an alleged fraud in the televote, which turned out to be true. As a result of the investigation, the original winner was disqualified on 22 February. Litesound were then internally chosen to replace Alyona Lanskaya to represent Belarus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012. Their entry “We Are the Heroes” was later re-recorded in a new version, produced by Dimitris Kontopoulos. The song ultimately failed to progress from the second semi-final into the final. In January 2013 Litesound was announced the best performer of the last ten years by fans and journalists covering the Eurovision Song Contest. The Belarusian band won the 6th edition of oikotimes.com’s Eurostar Award.