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Poster advertising a Zemfira concert in St Petersburg in November 2005

Zemfira Talgatovna Ramazanova (Russian: Земфира Талгатовна Рамазанова, born 26 August 1976 in Ufa) is the leader and lead vocalist of the Russian rock group "Zemfira" (Zемфира, formerly Земфира). The group was formed in 1998 and has been immensely popular in Russia and other former Soviet republics. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (480x640, 83 KB) Summary Poster for a Zemfira concert, taken in St Petersburg in November 2005 by Matthew Mayer, original here [1] Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (480x640, 83 KB) Summary Poster for a Zemfira concert, taken in St Petersburg in November 2005 by Matthew Mayer, original here [1] Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this... Saint Petersburg (Russian: Санкт-Петербу́рг, English transliteration: Sankt-Peterburg), colloquially known as Питер (transliterated Piter), formerly known as Leningrad (Ленингра́д, 1924–1991) and... August 26 is the 238th day of the year (239th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... UFA or Ufa may refer to: Ufa, a city in Russia Ufa, a town in Ethiopia Uniform Firearms Act, a set of laws in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Unit factor analysis, another name for dimensional analysis. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... Rock band (or rock group) is a generic name to describe a group of musicians specializing in a particular form of electronically amplified music. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean by UNESCO. [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... Post-Soviet states in alphabetical order: 1. ...



An ethnic Tatar/Bashkir, she was born to a typical middle-class family - her mother is a doctor, and her father a history teacher. At the age of 4, Zemfira became interested in music, entering a music school the following year (where she studied piano performance and voice) and writing her first song when she was seven years old. Her older brother Ramil introduced her to rock music, which became a real passion – she listened to Black Sabbath, Nazareth and Queen, learning to play the guitar. In the 7th grade, Zemfira split her time between music and basketball, becoming the captain of the Russian Girls’ Junior Basketball Team by 1990. She began to lose interest in classical music, preferring instead to hang out with friends in the streets of Ufa and covering songs by Russian rock groups such as Kino, Nautilus Pompilius and Aquarium (who reached the peak of their popularity in the early 1990s). Historically, the term Tatar (or Tartar) has been ambiguously used by Europeans to refer to many different peoples of Inner Asia and Northern Asia. ... For other uses, see Black Sabbath (disambiguation). ... Nazareth is an earthy and versatile Scottish rock band that had several hard rock hits, as well as scoring with the Felice and Boudleaux Bryant penned ballad, Love Hurts, in the middle of the 1970s. ... Queen is an English rock band, formed in 1970 in London by Brian May, Freddie Mercury and Roger Taylor, with John Deacon joining the following year. ... Kino (Кино) was a Russian rock band headed by Viktor Tsoi. ... Nautilus Pompilius (Russian: ), sometimes abbreviated as Nau (Russian: ), was a prominent Russian rock band formed in Sverdlovsk (now Ekaterinburg) and active between 1983 and 1997. ... Aquarium [Аква́риум] is a Russian rock group, formed in Leningrad in 1972 by Boris Grebenshchikov, then a student of Applied Mathematics at Leningrad State University, and Anatoly George Gunitsky, then a playwright and absurdist poet. ...

At the urging of her mother, Zemfira stuck with piano studies and graduated music school with honors. In her last year of high school, basketball competed with school work, and the singer abandoned the sport in favour of music. She took the entrance exams for the Ufa College of Fine Arts (Уфимское училище искусств) on a whim, and was admitted into the second year, studying vocal performance. During college, she performed jazz and rock-n-roll standards in various local bars and restaurants with the accompaniment of her friend and saxophone player, Vlad Kolchin. She graduated with honors, and in 1996 took a job as a sound engineer at the Ufa subsidiary of the radio station "Europe Plus" (Европа +). Jazz is a musical art form that originated in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States around the start of the 20th century. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ...

For the next couple of years Zemfira spent her days making advertisement recordings at the station and her nights on a computer, where she recorded the songs that would become singles: Why (Почему), Snow (Снег), Weatherman (Синоптик). In early 1998 Zemfira invited Rinat Akhmadiyev, Sergei Sozinov, Sergei Mirolyubov, and Vadim Solovyov to join Zemfira. Their first professional gig took place on June 19, 1998 as part of a festival celebrating the anniversary of a local radio station “Silver Rain Ufa.” Shortly after Zemfira sent out promo tapes to multiple Moscow producers, one of whom (Ilya Lagutenko, leader of Mumiy Troll) was smitten with the material, and invited the band for some sessions in Moscow. Ilia Lagutenko at Slobodkin Centre, Moscow during the gig that has been filmed for DVD Mumiy Troll KinoconcerMT The Book Thieves Ilia Lagutenko, full name Ilia Igorevich Lagutenko (Илья́ И́горевич Лагуте́нко), (born October 16, 1968) is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the band Mumiy Troll. ... Mumiy Troll (Му́мий Тро́лль ) is a Russian rock group, founded in 1984 in Vladivostok by linguist Ilia Lagutenko (Илья Лагутенко). The literal name of the band, mummy troll, has no specific meaning in Russian, and is reminiscent of the Tove Jansson characters, the Moomintrolls. ...

Recording and production work on the debut album took place until May 10, 1999, when the debut was finally released. The promotion of Zemfira prior to the release included heavy rotation of singles AIDS (СПИД), Arrivederchi (Aриведерчи), and Rockets (Ракеты) as well as the video clips for those songs. The band immediately went on tour, starting a tradition of celebrating their beginnings with a summer concert in Ufa while recording their sophomore effort Forgive Me My Love (Прости Меня Моя Любовь). The group enjoyed immense popularity from the start, in part because of heavy rotation on radio and television, and in part because a female rocker is a fairly new and unusual concept for the Russian music scene (which to this day is dominated by scantily-clad female pop singers).

After the release of PMML (Russian abbreviation for Forgive Me My Love) in March of 2000, what can only be described as “Zemfiromania” swept the country. Searching (Искала) and Ripe (Созрела) became instant hits, and the group was invited to headline the festival MAXIDROM. Constant touring wore down on the band, and after the release of 14 Weeks of Silence the band took a break.

In September 2004 Zemfira began studies towards a degree in Philosophy at Moscow State University, releasing her 4th album Vendetta to much hype and rave reviews in 2005.

Private Life

Sometimes moody, self-assured, lovely & beautiful, enigmatic and flamboyant, Zemfira has found herself an object of constant obsession by the Russian media and paparazzi. She added to the furor by limiting her contact with the media after an initial avalanche of invasive and libelous publicity. Multiple Russian “yellow” news outlets had speculated about the singer’s sexual orientation, drawing largely on references found in her song lyrics, and for the last couple of years romantically linking her with actress, director and screenwriter Renata Litvinova. The singer herself never discussed her private life.

In the other side, she collaborates with Rammstein in many projects, as well as Clawfinger band.


The rock singer Zemfiras debut album. ... Forgive Me My Love ( Russian: Прости Меня Моя Любовь) is Zemfiras second breakthrough album. ... Track listing Паранойя (Paranoia) Трафик (Traffic) Бесконечность (Infinity) Мачо (Macho) Сказки (Stories) Песня (A Song) P. Главное (The Main Thing) Кто? (Who?) Webgirl Шалфей (Sage) Ощущенья Мечтой (Dream) ... Zemfira. ...


  • Snow (Снег) (1999)
  • Goodbye (До Свидания) (2000)
  • Traffic (Трафик) (2001)


  • Goddess: How I Fell In Love (Богиня: Как я полюбила)(2004)

External links

  • Zemfira - official site
  • Great article on Zemfira from 2000
  • Lyrics of Zemfira's songs
  • Russian Music on the net: Info on Zemfira with lyrics translated in English

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