Afghanistan has submitted their debut ABU Radio Song Festival entry, as Goodar Zazai is selected for this years event in Kazakhstan.
Goodar Zazai has been selected by the Afghan national broadcaster to represent his country at the ABU Radio Song Festival 2018. The singer is hoping to perform “I Don’t Wanna Grow Up” on stage in Kazakhstan this July. Goodar is known as a singer, poet, composer and actor. He started writing pashto and dari poetry when he was 12 years old. He then went on to record and release his first album in 2010.
The songs and singers revealed so far are;
- Afghanistan – Goodar Zazai – I Don’t Wanna Grow Up (RTA)
- India – Akashlina Amin – Jhummur (AIR)
- India – Siddhartha BelMannu – Anrikeeshita (AIR)
- Kazakhstan – Jordan Arakelyan – No way back (RTRC)
- Macau – Ao Ieong Sio Wa (Alex) – Party Love
- Maldives – Abdulla Ziyau – Kuriah Dhanee gadha hiyvarun (PSM)
- Nepal – Biju Pandit – Gorkhali Cheli (Radio Tulsipu)
- Turkey – Yahya Geylan – Masum Bebek (TRT)
- Turkmenistan – Atajanov Ahmet – Pyrakyndan (TVTM)
- Vietnam – Nguyen Hoang Tung – Osole Mio (VOV)
The ABU Radio Song Festival 2018 will be held on July 11 as part of RadioAsia which is taking place between July 10 and July 12 at the Kazmedia Center. The Kazmedia Center is a purpose built facility, featuring media studios, newsrooms as well as a concert hall.
The ABU Radio Song Festival took a one-year break in 2017, with the event cancelled following the death of the former Thai King in 2016. The death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, lead to the host broadcaster of the event having to defer the hosting of the ABU Radio Song Festival.
The first festival in 2012 was held as a competitive event, with 13 songs being selected by a jury to compete in the live contest in Seoul, South Korea. A jury made up of fourteen members from nine countries, then voted on the songs. The winner was Billy Acoustie who was representing South Korea with the song “For A Rest”. Since 2014 the festival has been held as a gala event.