Meet Manizha: Musician, Activist, and "Human of the World"

Manizha is a Tajik and Russian artivist (artist and activist) inspiring positive social change with her catchy, original multi-genre music and powerful voice.

On May 18, Manizha represented Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest, performing her hit song "RUSSIAN WOMAN." The bouncy and fun anthem empowers Russian women, reminding them that they can do anything to which they set their minds: "Every Russian woman needs to know; you're strong enough, you're gonna break the wall." With lyrics in both Russian and English, Manizha honors her own background and sings on behalf of women all over the world. The lively dance beats and vibrant melodies of "RUSSIAN WOMAN" will have you listening to it on repeat.

"Держи Mеня 3емля" ("Hold Me Earth") is Manizha's most recent single. The song is 100% authentic, from its stripped-back instrumentation (traditional drums and duduk only) down to the emotive vocal melodies. Manizha perfectly captures and celebrates the joy and meaning of life in just five minutes with "Держи Mеня 3емля."

We spoke to Manizha about her new music, experience at Eurovision, role as a UN Goodwill Ambassador, and more. Read the full interview and listen to "RUSSIAN WOMAN" and "Держи Mеня 3емля" below:

Where are you from?

I was born in Tajikistan, but my family moved to Russia when I was three years old because of the war in Tajikistan.

At what age did you start playing music?

I started singing when I was six years old. When I was eight years old, my parents got divorced and my grandfather passed away. I remember that my first song was about my grandfather, who I missed so much, and after that, I started to write songs in the English language. When I was 11 years old, I wrote my first English-language song. I think it took me more than twenty years to really find myself in music. In the past five years, I’ve become very confident; Now I know who I am, what I love to sing, and what I want to do in music.