The Voices of Artsakh, a group of 13 singers from across a range of ages plans to compete in this years New Wave competition in Sochi, Russia.

The group which is currently touring in Iran has expressed their willingness to compete in one of the biggest music events in the region. Lira Kocharyan the groups manager stated in an interview with the Artsakhpress that the group has been invited to perform in Moscow, Argentina and Brazil as well as stating their readiness to compete in this years New Wave Contest.

The Voices of Artsakh is made up of 13 talented singers, including the Voice Kids Russia participant Levon Galstyan and Mikael Grigorian who finished second at New Wave Junior 2016 in Crimea.

Armenia debuted in New Wave in 2005 and has competed in 10 contests since, they are currently fifth on the all time list of most times participating in the competition. Armenia’s best result in the contest came in 2010 when Sona Shageldyan took victory in Latvia, she beat off competition from eleven other countries.

Source: Panorama

New Wave was first held in 2002 in Jurmala, Latvia. The contest which is held over three days is open to singers age between 16 and 35 years old. The competition is incredibly popular within Eastern Europe with up and coming performers taking to the stage alongside well known guests from across the region. The contest has been a launching point for many careers including Intars Busulis, Natalia Gordienko and Jamala the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.