A total of nine songs have so far been revealed by the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union as entries to take part in the ABU Radio Song Festival.
Nine songs from eight countries across the Asia-Pacific region have been revealed so far, as entries for this years ABU Radio Song Festival. As ever between 10 and 15 songs will be selected by a jury to take part in the festival, which means that none of the nine revealed so far as confirmed a place at the live event in Kazakhstan.
To date Turkey and Kazakhstan are the only nations to be revealed as debuting in this years contest, with all other participants from nations that participated in the ABU Radio Song Festival when it last took place in 2016.
The songs and singers revealed so far are;
- 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.