Zemfira (Ramazanova) - Biography
A girls-scandal. A famous Russian rock artist, performer, lyrics and music writer. Zemfira Talgatovna Ramazanova is an ethnic Tatar born in Ufa in 1976, Russia. She started her career in 1999 and from that moment she released 3 full albums and some singles She is a kind of best-selling act with every her album.
Zemfira is emmensely popular in Russia. The hype around her is enormous. The media now follows her every move. She is the first female rock songwriter in Russia and which is more important she self-designed her musical career. Her popurarity is explained by the fact that Zemfira's music and texts appeal to folk and so-called 'intelligence' at the same time; melodies are catchy and not too-pop at the same time. She has a scandalous image and charisma as well as some real talent: girl writes music, lyrics, sings and plays guitar and piano.
Zemfira's lyrics engage deeply with tabooed but ubiquitous social issues such as alienation, depression, (homo)sexuality and AIDS The popular magazine Ogonek calls hers "the breaking voice of a generation, and the Russian press likes to call her "Kurt Cobain in a dress.
Zemfira is notable for her departure from the traditional role of women in Russian music. She challenges aesthetically-obsessed studio rock of the 1990's with low-fi guitar melodies and a cracking voice. Zemfira's music marks a not only a return to the early history of Russia rock when music was based in dissent, but a new trajectory all her own.
Some were slow to embrace a woman playing the hallowed chord of rock n' roll, which had long been the established territory of men, but they certainly took notice. Young listeners are fond of her "freak" image that tests social norms. Zemfira's most famous albums include: Zemfira (Земфира) (1999) ; Прости Меня Моя Любовь) (2000) ; 14 Weeks of Silence (14 Недель Тишины) (2002) ; Vendetta (Вендетта) (2005); Zemfira.Live (2006); Thank You (Спасибо) (2007) ; Z-Side