coming to Israel
Singer Menizha (photo: Egor Shabanov)
The Tajik-Russian singer and composer Manizha, the last representative of Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest who was later banned by the Kremlin because she opposed the invasion of Ukraine, will perform for the first time in Israel.
The performance will be held at the Barbie club in Tel Aviv on March 16, under the title "Uncancelled Tour" - as part of her tour that began last fall, after her performances were banned in Russia.
Indie-art-pop artist Manizha Dalrovna Khmereva, 31, works under the first name Manizha.
As a reminder, in March 2021 she represented Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, with the song "Russian Woman", written by the Israelis Uri Kaplan and Uri Avni.
In doing so, Menizha actually became Russia's last representative for the competition, since Moscow was expelled from it following its invasion of Ukraine.
She reached the finals of the competition where she came in ninth place.
Israel's representative in the same competition, Eden Elana, came in 17th place with her song "Set Me Free".
Immediately after Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Menizha expressed opposition to the invasion on Instagram while referring to her fiancé's Ukrainian roots.
In March, less than a month after the invasion and in response to it, she even released the protest song "Soldier".
Her protest against the invasion, and her statement that the war is being waged "against the will of the Russian people", led to the boycott of her performances in the country and angry reactions on social media.
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"Manizha, who lives in Russia and is of Tajik origin, deals with and supports human rights, LGBT rights and even founded a fund for refugees with her mother," said the show's producer Victor Levin, of Oris Media, to Walla! Culture. "Of course, for her it is It was very natural to go against what was happening in Russia.
That's why her performances there were banned.
Like many other artists she left Russia, also at the cost of losing money from performances in the country.
Money is not everything in life, for such artists it is more important to express their position and go against the war.
She was in Eurovision, so she is also known to non-Russian speaking audiences.
Menija is a slightly different artist."
The price of tickets for the show ranges from NIS 175 to NIS 220. You can purchase them here.
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