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: “Celuvai Me” (2003), “Na Golo” (2003), “Kraliat” (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.
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.
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 he went to Germany to work. Then he learned German and then his sister Mathilda was born. On 1 October 2006, Azis married his long-term partner Niki Kitaetsa. Their marriage is not legally recognized given the laws of Bulgaria.
On 5 August 2007 Azis became a father to a daughter conceived via artificial insemination; which he then named Raya and her mother is Azis' lifelong friend Gala.
At the end of November 2007, controversy erupted when Boiko 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[dead link] 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 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 critically acclaimed talk-show entitled “Azis's Late Night Show”. It 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.
Famous Greek singer Panos Kiamos was interested in doing a Greek cover of an Azis's song "Sen trope", Kiamos's song is called "Fotia me Fotia" which means "fire to fire".In November 2012,another famous Greek singer,Giorgos Tsalikis,made a cover of Azis's song "Hop",Tsalikis's song is called "Asto",which means "Let it".