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KAZAKHSTAN: Yerzhan Maxim “Armanyńnan Qalma”

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This year is Kazakhstan’s second time competing at the contest. Last year’s entrant (Kazakhstan’s debut artist), Daneliya Tuleshova placed a respectable sixth place, with her song ‘Ózińe sen’ (Seize the time). An epic and soaring ballad with incredible vocals.

Again, Kazakhstan have decided to follow a similar route. Submitting another incredible ballad with an amazing vocalist. Twelve year old Yerzhan Maxim from Kazakhstan will be singing the song ‘Armanyńnan Qalma’ meaning “Don't Waste Your Dreams”, is a Disney-esque ballad with Kazakh culture and language woven throughout. This ballad starts soft but ends with such an epic crescendo. Yerzhan says his song is, “a song about dreams. If you have difficulties, never lose hope. The whole world will open up for you If you have dreams.” This is clearly seen in the music video, with a dreamlike and magical theme throughout.

Yerzhan has been taking music classes since 2012, but started singing already at the age of five, he is no stranger to performing on big stages either. He took first place in the 2016 Batumi Dolphin Fest and second place in the 2017 Slavianski Bazaar. He was a finalist in the 2017 San Remo Junior Festival and participated in Kazakhstan’s national selection for the 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Further, he was finalist at The Voice Kids in Russia earlier this year. Phew! This kid has been busy. Even though Yerzhan is still very young, he has such a powerful and well-trained voice. Here’s hoping his experience in contests helps him and the contest, and that his message can be conveyed to those watching at home.

I am super excited to see how this epic ballad will play out on the big stage of the contest. Who doesn’t like a bit of Disney in their life?

Armanyńnan Qalma lyrics:

Kazakh:

There’s a miracle that comes from above
It will help you write your name in the stars
When you have a dream you’ll go tirelessly
don’t regret and hold it dear
only then you’ll find the desire of your heart
And if you pursue the dream that’s pure
Every soul will root for you

Don’t forsake your dream
thought it’s harder than it may seem
Don’t forsake your dream
they are here to see you gleam
Don’t forsake your dream
Keep on giving it everything
Your heart is glowing from within

Кей-кезде болмай
Сынауға жанды-ай
Сәтсіздік ерер қалмай.
Арманың сенің жарқ етер атқан таңдай
Бар әлем саған жолын ашар
Талабың болса таудай
Арманнан қалма!
Бәрі де орындалғанша!
Қанатың сенің талғанша!
Бар әлем саған жолын ашар
Арманың сенің адал болса!
Арманнан қалма!
Жұлдызың жарық жанғанша
Арманнан қалма!
Алатын асу қанша Арманнан қалма!
Бәрі де орындалғанша!
Қанатың сенің талғанша!
Үмітті үзбей аңса!

English:

There’s a miracle that comes from above
It will help you write your name in the stars
When you have a dream you’ll go tirelessly
don’t regret and hold it dear
only then you’ll find the desire of your heart
And if you pursue the dream that’s pure
Every soul will root for you

Don’t forsake your dream
thought it’s harder than it may seem
Don’t forsake your dream
they are here to see you gleam
Don’t forsake your dream
Keep on giving it everything
Your heart is glowing from within

Sometimes
failure haunt you
testing our limits, forcing еach of us to have difficulties
your dream will remake the world
whole world will open up for you
If your intentions are so righteous
don’t forsake your dream
until your dreams come true
until your wings are not tired
whole world will open up for you
if your intentions are so righteous

Don’t forsake your dream
thought it’s harder than it may seem
don’t forsake your dream
they are here to see you gleam
don’t forsake your dream
keep on giving it everything
your heart is glowing from within

Never lose hope

Kurtis chats with...
Yerzhan Maxim from Kazakhstan