28 December 1978|
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Manana Japaridze (Georgian: მანანა ჯაფარიძე; Azerbaijani: Manana Caparidze) simply known as Manana, is a Georgian origin singer of Azerbaijan, who lives, sings and has represented Azerbaijan in international festivals. She is honored singer of Azerbaijan since 2009. She is one of the few singers in the world who have won three "Grand Prix":
- The international festival "Voice of Asia" in 1999, Almaty, Kazakhstan
- The international festival "Slavyanskiy bazar" in 1999, Kiev, Ukraine
- The international festival, taken place in 2000, Shanghai, China, where she also won the prize "Golden Voice of Asia".
She appeared on the professional stage in the age of 5 and was a singer of the very popular children's groups as "Tolia" and "Chiora". In the same year she finished the secondary school before being graduated from the Tbilisi Art Gymnasia. In the year of 1995 she entered to the vocal department of the Tblisi filial of Germany's Modern Art, Jazz and Show-business Academy. In the year of 2000 she successfully graduated from the Academy. In her early years, Manana participated at various competitions for young singers, winning there important awards. In 1996 she won the main award of the young singers' "Crustal Fir" competition in Borjomi, (Georgia), then in 1997 she became a laureate of the young singers' "Crystal Note" International competition in Moscow, Russia.
In 1998 Manana moved to Baku (Azerbaijan), where she started her professional career. Manana's first performances in front of the Baku audience brought her big popularity and successes. Her talent, distinctive voice and high artistry allowed her to transform from a young singer to one of the most popular and beloved artists - becoming as the Diva Star of Azerbaijani Estrada. From 1999 Manana represented Azeri music and culture at many prestigious musical competitions and festivals with a great desire, where she won higher awards and prizes. Among Manana's awards there are also the title of the Laureate of the International Competition of the Young Singers "UNIVERSTALENT - 2000" taken place in Prague, and the Television Musical Competition "Shire Krug" in Moscow
Awards in Azerbaijan
Manana's active creative life in Azerbaijan was marked with the presentation to her the "Humay" award, for the best representing of Azerbaijan, its culture abroad. And she was also awarded with- "The Golden Microphone" which is one of the most prestigious awards in Azerbaijan, giving her the title "the best singer of the year"
During her career Manana released 6 albums and took 3 solo gigs.
- Səndən ayrı (away from you)
- Bizim sevgimiz (Our love)
- Sevirəm səni (I love you)
- Dözməm bu ayrılığa (I can not afford away from you)
- Sənə verdim ürəyimi (I gave you my heart)
- Voice of Asia
- Asia New Singer Competition