Manizha shares her vision for gender equity in the music industry as EQUAL Ambassador of the Month — Spotify
Singer-songwriter Manizha is a strong supporter of using his voice for change. His fast Tajik and folk-inspired beats and eclectic art-pop aesthetic have been defining characteristics of his music for nearly a decade. But Manizha really got people talking at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2021 when she seized the opportunity to champion the causes she’s most passionate about, including preventing LGBTQUIA+ discrimination and domestic violence. His song “RUSSIAN WOMANa girl-power anthem about the changing role of women in Russia, landed ninth place in the competition.
Earlier this month she became the face of Spotify EQUAL Global Playlist and joined the EQUAL Global Music Program, which aims to address gender inequality in the music industry. As part of the program, Manizha also recorded her latest single, “Now or never“—a cover of the traditional folk song”Women’s See-Line”, popularized by nina simone—through the Spotify Singles program. The song is Spotify Singles’ first release in Russia and will be available on January 28.
Manizha was born in Tajikistan and lived there until the height of the Tajik Civil War in 1994, when she fled to Moscow and began studying music and participating in children’s singing competitions. In 2016 she started recording music as a solo artist, and in 2020 she was announced as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Manizha regularly speaks out against unattainable beauty standards for women, and at a recent concert she removed her makeup and handed out wipes to audience members who wanted to follow her example.
Fans may spot Manizha on a billboard in Times Square, New York this month, but in the meantime, we have to ask her about her career highlights, musical inspirations and vision for the future. women in music.
The artists who have inspired me the most are _____.
Bjork, nina simone, and Tanita Tikaram.
One piece of advice I would give to other female artists is _____.
Before you do what you’re told, think first, then say, “No, I’ll keep it how I want!”
A notable moment in my career so far is _____.
My first major solo exhibition in Moscow!
My creative process consists of _____.
Finding new ways to be more honest in music.
One way I would like to see more gender equity in the music industry is _____.
Not following beauty stereotypes, maintaining your own individuality and not conforming to the majority or anyone else.
A few up-and-coming female artists I’m looking forward to seeing are _____.
Ama Lou, Celestial, and Tierra Whack.
My female anthem is _____.
“must be real” through Cheryl Lynn.
Want to turn up the volume? Listen to new music from Manizha and other female artists from around the world on our EQUAL Global playlist.