Azis (Bulgarian: Азис) (born Vasil Trayanov Boyanov; Bulgarian: Васил Трaянов Боянов) (born 7 March 1978) is a Bulgarian Chalga (pop-folk) singer, of Bulgarian Roma (Gypsy) descent. He is known for his unusual gender expression and his flamboyant persona. Azis has collaborated with other Bulgarian pop-folk (Chalga) singers, such as Gloria, Malina, Sofi Marinova, Toni Storaro, as well as Indira Radić (a Serbian singer), and with Bulgarian rap artists - Ustata and Vanko 1. At the 2006 Eurovision song contest, he performed Let me cry with Mariana Popova, reaching the semi-finals. Azis competed unsuccessfully in the Bulgarian parliamentary election of 2005 as a member of the EuroRoma party.
Azis' childhood was spent in Kostinbrod and Sofia. In 1989, after the fall of communism in Bulgaria, he moved with his family to Germany. There, his sister, Matilda, was born. Azis married Niki Kitaetsa (in Bulgarian: Ники Китаеца, which means Nick the Chinese) on 1 October 2006. Their marriage is not legally recognized under Bulgarian law. Azis' daughter, who was conceived via artificial insemination was born on 5 August 2007 and was named "Raya". Her biological mother is Azis' longtime friend, Gala. In 2008, Azis and Niki Kitaetsa separated amicably.
In late November 2007, Boyko Borisov, mayor of Sofia, censored billboards of Azis kissing Niki Kitaetsa, which pictured both men shirtless on the basis they were too graphic in nature. The picture was then censored in other cities in Bulgaria. The Bulgarian LGBT social movement, Gemini, objected.
Azis and Kitaetsa appeared in the VIP Brother 2 version of Big Brother Bulgaria. Azis left the house voluntarily after nineteen days.,
Azis is interviewed in the second episode of Michael Palin's New Europe.,
In 2008 on PRO.BG, the Bulgarian national television channel, Azis co-hosted a talk show, Azis's Late Night Show with an actress, Ekaterina Evro.,
In August 2012, Anonymous used the video clip to Azis's song Мразиш to deface the website of the Khamovnichesky court, where the members of the band Pussy Riot were convicted.,
Panos Kiamos, made a cover of Azis' single Sen Trope entitled, Fotia me Fotia, (Fire to Fire). In November 2012, Giorgos Tsalikis made a cover of Azis' song Hop, entitled Asto, (Let it). In 2013, Florin Salam, a Romanian singer, covered Azis' song, Sen Trope (Saint Tropez). In 2012, Enka Mutfagi, a Turkish singer, covered this song (Alayina Zam).
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