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Native nameВасил Трaянов Боянов
Birth nameVasil Trayanov Boyanov
Also known asАзис
Born(1978-03-07) 7 March 1978 (age 36)[1][2]
Sliven, Bulgaria[2]
GenresChalga, pop
Occupation(s)Singer, musician, writer, activist, television show host
Years active1999-present
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Native nameВасил Трaянов Боянов
Birth nameVasil Trayanov Boyanov
Also known asАзис
Born(1978-03-07) 7 March 1978 (age 36)[1][2]
Sliven, Bulgaria[2]
GenresChalga, pop
Occupation(s)Singer, musician, writer, activist, television show host
Years active1999-present

Azis (Bulgarian: Азис) (born Vasil Trayanov Boyanov; Bulgarian: Васил Трaянов Боянов) (born 7 March 1978) is a Bulgarian Chalga (pop-folk) singer, gypsy of Bulgarian descent.[3][4] He is known for his unusual gender expression[5] 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.[6][7] At the 2006 Eurovision song contest, he performed Let me cry with Mariana Popova, reaching the semi-finals.[8][9] Azis competed unsuccessfully in the Bulgarian parliamentary election of 2005 as a member of the EuroRoma party.[10]


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.[11] 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.[11] In 2008, Azis and Niki Kitaetsa separated amicably.[12]

Homosexuality controversies[edit]

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.[13] The Bulgarian LGBT social movement, Gemini, objected.[14][15][16]



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 gay singer, covered this song (Alayina Zam).


Studio albums[edit]

YearOriginal titleTransliterationMeaning in English
2000Мъжете също плачатMazhete sashto plachatMen also cry
2003На голоNa goloThe nude
2004КралятKralyatThe King
2004Together- Заедно с Деси СлаваTogether- Zaedno s Desi SlavaTogether (with Desi Slava)
2005AZIS 2005AZIS 2005
2011Гадна породаGadna PorodaNasty breed
2014Azis 2014Azis 2014

Compilation albums[edit]

YearOriginal titleTransliterationMeaning in English
2002The BestThe Best
2005The Best 2The Best 2

EPs (Maxi singles)[edit]

YearOriginal titleTransliterationMeaning in English
2003Целувай ме+Tseluvay me+Kiss me+
2004Как болиKak boliHow it hurts

Videography / Singles[edit]

YearOriginal titleTransliterationMeaning in English
2000"Мъжете също плачат"Mazhete sashto plachatMen cry too
2000"Автомонтьор"AvtomontyorAuto mechanic
2001"Хвани ме де"Hvani me deCatch me
2001"Обичам те"Obicham teI love you
2002"Няма"NyamaI won't
2002"Делник и празник"
(дует с Кали)
Delnik i praznikWeekday and weekend
(with Kali)
2002"Дай ми го дай"Day mi go dayGive it to me
2003"Всеки път"Vseki patEvery time
2003"Никой не може"Nikoy ne mozheNo one can
2003"Целувай ме"Tseluvay meKiss me
2004"Как боли"Kak boliHow it hurts
2004"Хайде почвай ме"Hayde pochvay meLet me soil
2004"Не сме безгрешни"
(дует с Глория)
Ne sme bezgreshniWe're not sinless
(with Gloria)
2004"Казваш, че ме обичаш"
(дует с Деси Слава)
Kazvash, che me obichashYou say that you love me
(with Desi Slava)
2004"Но казвам ти стига"No kazvam ti stigaBut I'm telling you to stop
2004"Ледена кралица"Ledena kralitsaIce Queen
2005"Обречи ме на любов"Obrechi me na lyubovCondemn me to love
2005"Точно сега"
(дует с Устата)
Tochno segaRight now
(with Ustata)
2005"Верността е лъжа"
(дует с Марта Савић)
Vernostta e lazhaDevotion is a lie
(with Marta Savic)
2005"Не знаеш"
(дует с Малина)
Ne znaeshYou don't know
(with Malina)
2005"Като скитница"Kato skitnitsaLike a Wanderer
2006"Празнуваш ли сега"Praznuvash li segaAre you celebrating now
2006"Черните очи"
(дует с Малина)
Chernite ochiThe black eyes
(with Malina)
2006"Тежко ли ти е"Tezhko li ti eIs it hard for you
2007"Подлудяваш ме"Podludyavash meYou drive me crazy
2009"Теб обичам"Teb obichamLoving you
2009"Накарай ме"Nakaray meMake me
2009"Имаш ли сърце"Imash li sartseDo you have a heart
2010"Дай ми лед"Day mi ledGive me ice
2010"Луд ме правиш"
(дует с Ванко 1)
Lud me pravishYou make me crazy
(with Vanko 1)
2010"Удряй ме"Udryay meHit me
2011"Няма накъде"Nyama nakadeNo where
2011"Гадна порода"Gadna porodaNasty breed
2011"Сен Тропе"Sen TropeSaint-Tropez
2012"Кажи честно"Kazhi chestnoTell me honestly
2012"Пробвай се"
(дует с Андреа)
Probvay seGive a try
(feat. Andrea)
2012"Ти за мен си само секс"Ti za men si samo seksFor me, you're just sex
2012"Нещо мръсно"Neshto mrasnoSomething dirty
2013"Евала"EvalaWell done
2013"Хайде на морето"Hayde na moretoLet's go to the sea
2013"Ти ме размаза"Ti me razmazaYou crushed me
2013"Като тебе втори няма"
(дует с Ванко 1)
Kato tebe vtori nyamaThere's nobody like you
(with Vanko 1)
2014"Ти ли си"
(дует с Ваня)
Ti li siIs it you
(with Vanya)
2014"Пий цяла нощ"Piy tsyala noshtDrink all night
2014"Колко сме пили"
(with Toni Storaro)
Kolko sme piliHow we drank
2014Estar Loco
(with Giorgos Tsalikis)
Be crazy
(Giorgos Tsalikis)



In 2011, Azis sang a duet called Sezam with Indira Radić, a Serbian singer, on her album Istok, sever, jug i zapad. After that, in 2012 he sang another duet with Serbian singer Marta Savić, which was featured on her studio album 13. The song was called "Mama" and it was one of Balkan's hit songs in 2012.



Azis has received awards from the "New Folk" annual awards, (in Bulgarian Годишни награди на "Нов фолк"):


  1. ^ "Профилът на Азис" [Azis Profile]. Retrieved 4 January 2014.  (Translation on Google Translate.)
  2. ^ a b Silverman, Carol (24 May 2012). Romani Routes: Cultural Politics and Balkan Music in Diaspora. Oxford University Press. p. 189. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Samson, J. (2013). Music in the Balkans. Google Books (BRILL). p. 610. ISBN 9789004250383. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Kenrick, D. (2010). The A to Z of the Gypsies (Romanies). Google Books (Scarecrow Press). p. 35. ISBN 9781461672272. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Richardson, J., ed. (2013). The Oxford Handbook of New Audiovisual Aesthetics. Google Books (Oxford University Press). p. 444. ISBN 9780199733866. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  6. ^ Haj-Najafa, D. (12 May 2009). "Kitsch of the Day, Azis i Ustata’s ‘Tochno Sega’". Men's Fashion blog. New York Times. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Watkins, R.; Deliso, C. (2008). Bulgaria. Google Books (Lonely Planet). p. 52. ISBN 9781741044744. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  8. ^ Taras, R (2008). Europe Old and New: Transnationalism, Belonging, Xenophobia. Google Books (Rowman & Littlefield). p. 200. ISBN 9780742557345. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  9. ^ Fricker, K; Gluhovic, M, eds. (2013). Performing the 'New' Europe: Identities, Feelings and Politics in the Eurovision Song Contest. Google Books (Palgrave Macmillan). ISBN 9781137367976. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Imre, A (2009). Identity Games: Globalization and the Transformation of Media Cultures in the New Europe. Google Books (MIT Press). p. 125. ISBN 9780262090452. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "Bulgaria's Gay Idol Becomes Father". 5 August 2007. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "Азис и Китаеца се разделиха без скандали" [Azis and a Chinese parted without scandals]. 29 April 2008. Retrieved 4 January 2014.  (Translation on Google Translate.)
  13. ^ "Свалят скандални билбордове на Азис и Китаеца в София" [Download scandalous billboards Azis and Chinese in Sofia]. ibox. 20 November 2007.  (Translation on Google Translate.)
  14. ^ "Gemini website". [dead link]
  15. ^ Kourtova P, Attwood F, et al (ed.) (2012). Controversial Images: Media Representations on the Edge. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 60. ISBN 9781137291998. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  16. ^ Daskalova K. et al (2012). Gendering Post-socialist Transition: Studies of Changing Gender Perspectives. LIT Verlag Münster. p. 85. ISBN 9783643902290. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  17. ^ "Anonymous defaces website of court that convicted Pussy Riot". The Guardian (United Kingdom). 22 August 2012. 

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