Abdulla Ziyau is hoping to represent the Maldives at the ABU Radio Song Festival for a second time, having previously failed to make it through the judging round in 2016.
Abdulla Ziyau who made it through to the final 16 of Maldivian Idol is hoping that this year he will be selected to make it through to the ABU Radio Song Festival in Astana, Kazakhstan. The singer has previously tried to represent the Maldives before in 2016 but was among four singers from three countries not to make it past the judging panel ahead of the event.
The song that Abdulla is hoping to perform in Kazakhstan is “Kuriyah dhanee gadha hihvarun”. The 30 year old singer has been performing since he was a small child. As a visually impaired person he states that music allows him to express his emotions.
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.