Azis (Bulgarian: Азис) is a Bulgarian singer of Romani descent. He is known for, among other things, his atypical gender expression and his flamboyant persona.
His discography includes: "Tseluvay me" (2003), "Na golo" (2003), "Kralyat" (2004) and, "Together" with Desi Slava (2004). Azis has recorded and performed many songs with some of the most popular Bulgarian pop-folk singers, including: Gloriya, Malina, Sofi Marinova, Toni Storaro, Serbian singer Indira Radić and rapper Ustata.
Azis performed alongside Mariana Popova the Bulgarian entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 with the song "Let Me Cry". The song performed during the semi-finals of the competition did not qualify for the grand finale.
He began his political career in 2005, as a member of the Evroroma political party. He ran in the general election campaign in the summer of 2005, but did not receive enough votes to become a member of Parliament.
He has numerous music videos online which have gone viral on YouTube. The video with the highest amount of hits is, "AZIS - Mrazish". The video has 12 million views and it was uploaded by Diapason Records LTD.
1 Personal life,
2 In popular culture,
3.1 Studio albums,
3.2 Compilation albums,
3.3 EPs (Maxi singles),
3.4 Videography / Singles,
Azis was born Vasil Trayanov Boyanov (Bulgarian: Васил Трaянов Боянов) on 25 April 1978. He was born in Sliven, Bulgaria, but grew up in Kostinbrod and in parts of Sofia. When he was 11 year old he went to Germany with his parents where his sister Matilda was born. During his time spent in Germany he learned German.
On 1 October 2006, the openly gay Azis married his long-term male partner Niki Kitaetsa (in Bulgarian Ники Китаеца). Their marriage is not legally recognized given the laws of Bulgaria.
On 5 August 2007, Azis became a father to a daughter named Raya conceived via artificial insemination; The biological mother of the child is Azis' lifelong friend Gala.
At the end of November 2007, controversy erupted when Boyko Borisov, then-mayor of Sofia, elected to take down billboards with pictures of Azis kissing his husband. Both men were shirtless in the campaign. A wave of removing the posters from other Bulgarian cities followed. Although Borisov said the reason behind his decision was that the posters were too graphic, media said that much more explicit advertising could be found all over Sofia without being taken down. The Bulgarian LGBT social movement Gemini and the director of TV2 said that the same-sex nature of the ad, as opposed to its racy content, was what led to its removal by an order of the mayor.
In popular culture:
In the 2006 TV programme Velikite Balgari (the Bulgarian version of the 2002 Greatest Britons from BBC), Azis was elected as the 21st greatest Bulgarian of all time (and was in fact the second ranking "living person" on the list, after football player Hristo Stoichkov, who was 12th overall).,
Azis appeared in the VIP Brother 2 version of Big Brother Bulgaria alongside his gay partner Niki Kitaetsa. Azis left the house voluntarily after nineteen days.,
He appears in Episode 2 of Michael Palin's New Europe, in which he is interviewed through use of an interpreter.,
Beginning in 2008, Azis is the host, alongside with actress Ekaterina Evro, of the talk-show entitled "Azis's Late Night Show". The talk show airs on the national channel PRO.BG.,
In August 2012, Anonymous used the clip to Azis's song Мразиш to deface the website of Khamovnichesky court, where the members of the band Pussy Riot were convicted.,
Greek singer Panos Kiamos made a Greek cover of Azis's single "Sen trope" as "Fotia me Fotia" (meaning fire to fire in Greek). In November 2012, Greek singer, Giorgos Tsalikis, made a cover of Azis's song "Hop" as "Asto" (meaning Let it, in Greek). Both songs came with launching of music videos as well.