Sohbet Kasymov has been revealed as a last minute change to the line-up of the ABU TV Song Festival 2017 in Chengdu, China.

Sohbet Kasymov has been announced as the new representative of Turkmenistan, as the country makes their debut at the ABU TV Song Festival. Sohbet who was born in Ashgabat in 1989, will represent his country on their first appearance at the ABU TV Song Festival, in just two days time. Sohbet trained as a singer at the Turkmen State Institute of Culture from which he graduated in 2012, whilst he was at the Institute he was awarded the “Golden Age of Turkmen” award in 2009.

Turkmenistan had been due to be represented by Hojayev Azat with the song “Let one of them will be yours”, however he has been withdrawn from the festival for unknown reasons. Sohbet Kasymov will perform “With You”, you can watch the music video below:

Source: ABU

Since 2012 the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union has organised a non-competitive festival highlighting the talents of its member nations. Countries such as Afghanistan, Brunei, China and the Maldives have participated in the event, showcasing the best of their talented music industry. Songs taking part in the event can be the singers own or a cover. The event is planned to eventually be turned into a competitive contest.