Dimash Kudaibergen

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Dimash Kudaibergen
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Dimash in 2017
Background information
Birth name Dinmukhamed Kanatuly Kudaibergen
Also known as Dimash (Димаш)
Born (1993-05-25) 25 May 1993 (age 25)
Taraz, Kazakhstan
Genres Pop, classical crossover, folk, world
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist
Instruments Dombra, piano, drums, guitar, xylophone
Years active 2010 – present
Website http://dimashali.com

Dinmukhamed Kanatuly Kudaibergen (Kazakh: Дінмұхаммед Қанатұлы Құдайберген), born May 25, 1993 in Taraz, Kazakhstan, known as Dimash Kudaibergen (Димаш Құдайберген; sometimes transcribed in English as Dimash Kudaibergenov), is a Kazakh singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. His parents Kanat Kudaibergenuly Aitbayev (Kazakh: Қанат Құдайбергенұлы Айтбаев) and Svetlana Aitbayeva (Kazakh: Светлана Айтбаева) are well-known and honored singers of Kazakhstan.[1][2] Kudaibergen began performing at a young age, singing and playing the piano at various venues and contests throughout his childhood. He gained significant popularity in Kazakhstan and in post-Soviet countries in 2015, upon becoming the Grand Prix winner of Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk, Belarus.[3] In 2015 and 2016 Kudaibergen performed in various European and Asian countries, and in 2016 he toured Kazakhstan, naming his tour Unforgettable Day, after his own song by the same name.[4] In 2016 he received the award for "Pop Artist" at the People’s Favorite award ceremony in Kazakhstan.[5]

Kudaibergen rose to fame in China with his participation in Hunan TV's popular Singer 2017 (Chinese: 歌手2017) which was broadcast weekly from January 21 to April 22, 2017. Competing with established singers, he reached the final and finished as runner-up. He won Episodes 1, 2 and 6, with his performances of "SOS d’un terrien en détresse", "Opera 2", and "Adagio", respectively.[6][7] His performances from Singer were prominent in the Fresh Asia Music chart, including his chart-topping single "Unforgettable Day" (Kazakh: Ұмытылмас күн).[8][9] His single “Eternal Memories” (Chinese: 拿不走的记忆), the theme song for the film Battle of Memories, reached number one on the iTunes QQ chart the day of release.[10] In 2017 he appeared and performed on numerous TV shows and public events in China, Kazakhstan and France. On June 27, 2017, in conjunction with Expo 2017, he held his first solo large-scale concert Bastau (Beginning) in Astana, Kazakhstan, to a sold out crowd of around 30,000 people, earning rave reviews.[11][12][13][14] Kudaibergen received several music awards in 2017, including "Best Asian Singer" at China's 24th Top Music Awards (considered to be China's equivalent to the Grammy Awards),[15][16] and "Most Popular Overseas Singer" at the Tencent MTV Asia Music Gala.[17]

Kudaibergen is known for his wide vocal range, encompassing 5 octaves, 4 notes and 1 semitone. His range reaches the bottom notes of the baritone register, all the way through to the highest soprano notes, and on to the whistle register. His lowest recorded note is F2,[18] and his highest note recorded is D8.[19] Although trained in classical singing and being invited to work at Astana Opera, Kudaibergen decided to carve out a career in contemporary music, incorporating classical elements and traditional Kazakh music with pop music.[20] Kudaibergen is also known for singing live (without lip-synching),[21] and for singing in multiple languages. To date, he has sung in Kazakh, Russian, English, Mandarin, French, Turkish, Ukrainian, Serbian, German and Italian. He speaks Kazakh and Russian, and studies English and Mandarin.[22][23][24] Kudaibergen has named Michael Jackson, Ermek Serkebaev, Celine Dion, Lara Fabian, and Luciano Pavarotti as musical influences.[25] He has stated on numerous occasions that as a singer he aims to present Kazakhstan to the world.[26][27]

Life and career[edit]

1994–2014: Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Dinmukhamed Kanatuly Kudaibergen was born on May 24, 1994, in Aktobe, Kazakhstan, to singers Kanat Aitbayev and Svetlana Aitbayeva. Although Dinmukhamed is his official name, he has always been called by his nickname of Dimash, both at home and in public.[28] His father Kanat Aitbayev previously led the regional Cultural Development Board of Aktobe.[29] His mother Svetlana Aitbayeva is a soprano singer at the Aktobe Philharmonic Society,[30][31] a Member of the Standing Committee on Social and Cultural Development (Deputy of Maslikhat of Aktobe region) and Artistic Director of the children's studio Saz in the Aktobe region.[32] Both of Kudaibergen’s parents have been awarded the title of Honored Music Artists by the government of Kazakhstan.[2] Kudaibergen has a younger sister, Raushan, and a younger brother, Abilmansur (Mansur).

Kudaibergen was brought up in a close-knit musical family, and his grandparents, who lived together with him and his parents, played a major role in his upbringing, following a traditional Kazakh custom.[33][31][30] His grandmother, Miua Nizamutdinova, is a retired teacher of Geography and Biology, and also sang when she was younger.[34] His grandfather, Kudaibergen Aitbayev, is a dombra player.[22] Kudaibergen’s parents emphasized the importance of speaking the Kazakh language well and of playing traditional musical instruments such as the dombra.[2] Growing up in this musical and cultural environment, he was fascinated with music from a young age. Kudaibergen’s parents regularly performed in concerts, and his grandparents took him to watch. His mother later recalled: "Dimash has always loved the stage. I remember [...] at the end of the performance before we thanked the audience, Dimash [would] run up from where he was sitting in the audience with his grandparents to the stage and be with us to bow and say thanks."[33]

Kudaibergen’s first appearance on the stage as a performer was at the age of two in a minor role in a local theatre production. At home Kudaibergen took an interest in musical instruments, and his parents noticed that he had absolute pitch.[2] At the age of five, he began to take piano and vocal lessons at the children’s studio of Aktobe’s Zhubanov Music College (where he would later attend college), accompanied by his grandmother Miua.[35] Kudaibergen first sang on stage the same year, at the age of five.[1] He has expressed gratitude to his first teachers, and to his grandmother, who took him to his lessons daily despite her leg pain.[36] At the age of six, in 2000, he won the national piano contest Aynalayin.[37]

As a young child, Kudaibergen dreamed of singing on a large stage. His childhood play and drawings were based on cassettes, microphones, stages, and himself singing on stage.[31][28] At the age of ten, he was the host at various local events.[1] At school his teachers noticed that he was self-driven; that he studied the works of great Kazakh poets and writers, making their verses into songs and singing them; wrote poetry himself, and arranged music.[31] Kudaibergen’s mother has recalled that he practiced hard to have a wide vocal range and never missed classes in the vocal studio even when he was injured.[36] She attributes his ability to hold his breath for long periods of time to regular swim training since childhood.[30]

From 2010 to 2013 Kudaibergen participated in several singing contests, winning four major competitions, in Kazakhstan (Sonorous Voices of Baikonur, 2010 and Zhas Kanat, 2012), Ukraine (Oriental Bazaar, 2012), and Kyrgyzstan (Makin Asia, 2013).[1][38] In 2013 he was invited to perform as a guest singer at the Türkçevizyon Gala Night in Denizli, Turkey. As a teenager Kudaibergen was also engaged in Taekwondo and swimming. During this time he composed the music for two of his future hit songs, "Körkemim" (Kazakh: Көркемім), with the lyrics written by his father, and "Unforgettable Day", based on a poem by Oral Baisengir. Kudaibergen also recorded three music videos, two versions of "Körkemim" (2013,[39] 2014) and "Daididau" (Kazakh: Дайдидау, 2014).

In 2014 he graduated from Aktobe’s Zhubanov Music College, and began his studies in Astana at Kazakh National University of Arts in the faculty of "Pop Art".[3] Kudaibergen continued to perform in public, including at a concert held for Teacher’s Day. His grandparents moved to Astana to support him with his performances. His grandmother said: "Dimash sings all songs live, without lip-syncing. We often have to squeeze his wet shirts, because he completely surrenders himself to every song on the stage. We moved to Astana to prepare his concert costumes, to cook his food in time." [30] On December 30, 2014, Kudaibergen was awarded a laureate of the State Youth Prize Daryn.[40] In 2015 he performed as a guest at a concert in Kyrgyzstan, at Zhas Kanat 2015, and at a concert for Astana Day.

2015–2016: Slavianski Bazaar, international performances and Unforgettable Day Tour[edit]

Since childhood Kudaibergen dreamed of winning the prestigious Slavianski Bazaar, an international contest for prominent singers, held in Vitebsk, Belarus each year.[41] In 2015, he was invited to participate, after one of the organizers had seen him perform live in Kazakhstan. Kudaibergen went on to win the Grand Prix prize on July 13, 2015, with a score of 175 out of 180.[42] Over the three days of the contest, he was the clear favorite, impressing the jury and audience.[43][44][20] His unique voice and vocal range displayed in his original renditions of Kazakh folk song "Daididau", Russian singer Alla Pugacheva’s "Blizzard Again" (Russian: Опять Метель) and French singer Daniel Balavoine’s "SOS d'un terrien en détresse", received praise from the jury and media.[45][20] Chairman of the jury, Polad Bülbüloğlu, stated that Kudaibergen possessed three voices in one: low and medium timbres, and altino, a rare voice, and that he used all of them professionally.[46]

After the event Kudaibergen stated that winning Slavianski Bazaar was a great honour,[47] and stressed the importance of supporting young singers, stating that without support, one cannot accomplish much with talent alone.[41] Upon winning Slavianski Bazaar, Kudaibergen regularly appeared in local TV shows and public events. His guest performances included at Makin Asia 2015; at Expo 2015 in Milan, Italy, together with other renowned singers from Kazakhstan;[48] at the theatrical show Mangilic El, dedicated to the 550th anniversary of the Kazakh Khanate;[49] and at the 2015 Eurasia International Film Festival in Almaty.[50] Kudaibergen released his song "Unforgettable Day" in August 2015.[51] He also sang at Astana Opera in front of Chinese President Xi Jinping during a state visit to Kazakhstan.[52]

In October 2015, Kudaibergen was selected to represent Kazakhstan at the 2015 ABU TV Song Festival, in Istanbul, Turkey, as a high profile musical talent. He shared the stage with famed musical artists from Asian countries.[53] Kudaibergen performed "Daididau", receiving a standing ovation.[54][55] In November, Kudaibergen performed at the closing ceremony of MaryCulture and Arts Capital of the Turkic World festival, in Turkmenistan.[56] In December he sang at charity concerts,[57][58] at Miss Kazakhstan 2015,[59] and at a large concert in Almaty, An Men Anshi.[60] On December 28, 2015, he was awarded "Singer of the Year" at the People of the Year awards ceremony, which was determined by public voting.[61]

Kudaibergen released his self-titled debut extended play (EP) on January 1, 2016,[62] and also released a music video for "Ayaz qıraw" (Kazakh: Аяз қырау), his Kazakh version of the Russian song "Opyat Metel" (Russian: опять метель). On January 22, at the 2016 People's Favorite award ceremony, in Kazakstan, Kudaibergen won the "Pop Artist" award.[5] Around the same time, he appeared on various TV shows singing a duet with acclaimed opera singer Maira Mukhamedkyzy, a song written for them, "My Swan" (Kazakh: Аққуым), which they had recorded on December 9, 2015.[63] In February 2016, "Daididau" was selected for Musical Caravan, an 80 minute global song journey played by radio stations around the world.[64][27] In February he also presented his new song "Tugan Zher" (Kazakh: Туған жер; My Homeland) for the first time, at composer and godfather Lupkan Zholdasov’s concert.[27] Kudaibergen sang with his parents at the Women’s Day concert in Astana, and performed at a charity concert in Astana, named 100 Grandfathers and Grandmothers.[65] On March 8, 2016, Kudaibergen took part in a concert dedicated to International Women’s Day, at the Kremlin Palace in Moscow. The concert was named All Stars For My Beloved, and featured eminent Russian singers. Kudaibergen was invited for his win at Slavianski Bazaar.[66] On March 26, he presented his cover of the song "Karagim Ay" (Kazakh: Қарағым ай).[67] In March and April, he went on tour with the Kazakh University of Arts Symphony Orchestra in Vienna, Austria; Maribor, Slovenia; and Belgrade, Serbia. He performed "SOS d'un terrien en détresse".[68]

In April 2016, Kudaibergen started his first headlined tour, which ran from April to December 2016, holding 25 concerts in 25 regions, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of independence of Kazakhstan, as well as two concerts in Ufa and Kazan, Russia. He named his tour Unforgettable Day, after his own song by the same name.[4] His parents featured as guests on his tour, with whom he sang. His repertoire leading up to the tour and on the tour consisted of a wide variety of songs in various languages, including "SOS d’un terrien en détresse", "Diva Dance" (from the movie The Fifth Element), "Adagio", "Opyat Metel" (Russian: Опять метель), "Karatorgay" (Kazakh: Қараторғай), "I Only Love You" (Ukrainian: я люблю тільки тебе), "Karagim Ay" (Kazakh: Қарағым ай), "Kirmeshi Zhiyi Tusime" (Kazakh: Кірмеші жиі түсіме), "Kinalama" (Kazakh: Кінәләма) and "Belovezhskaya Puscha" (Russian: Беловежская пуща). Kudaibergen’s own songs performed during this time included "Unforgettable Day", "Korkemim" (Kazakh: Көркемім), "Tugan Zher" (Kazakh: Туған жер), and Kudaibergen’s original rendition of the Kazakh folk song "Daididau" (Kazakh: Дайдидау).

During this time Kudaibergen continued to appear as a guest singer as well at various events, including at an Astana Day concert, where he performed "Diva Dance" in front of the president of Kazakhstan. In July 2016, he was invited to perform at the Slavianski Bazaar closing ceremony in Belarus, where he sang "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" as a duet with Nagima Eskalieva. He was also honored to raise the flag of the festival.[69] Over the course of the next few months Kudaibergen served as a judge at Bala Dauysy 2016 (Voice of Children 2016), at the qualifying rounds in Kostanay Region of Kazakhstan.[70] In 2016, he also collaborated on a rap song with Yerbolat and Alashuly, "I’m a Kazakh". They performed "I’m a Kazakh" together at Almaty’s 1000th Birthday gala concert in September.[71] In the same month, he performed "Daididau" at the Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia, as part of the concert Astana – Heart of Eurasia.[72] In October 2016, Kudaibergen performed at a UNESCO event in Paris, France.[73] In November he sang in a concert at the Turkic Culture Festival in Seoul, South Korea, performing for the presidents of South Korea, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, and Turkmenistan.[74][75] In the same month, he represented Kazakhstan, alongside Sundet Baigozhin, as guest singers at the Big Opera 2016 TV competition in Russia.[76]

In November 2016, the director of Astana Opera State Theatre, Toleubek Alpiyev, invited Kudaibergen to work as an opera singer, stating that he had the rarest voice and that they would be pleased to work with him.[20] The rector of the Kazakh National University of Arts, Aiman Mussakhajayeva, tried to convince him to accept the offer and to choose a career in opera. However, he replied that he had chosen to pursue a career in contemporary music, and wanted to experiment with his vocal range in pop music.[77] At the end of 2016, Kudaibergen was awarded the State Grant by the President of Kazakhstan for Leadership in the Field of Culture 2016.[78]

2016–present: Singer 2017, success in China, and Bastau concert[edit]

In late-2016, Kudaibergen took part on the fifth season of the Hunan Television's singing competition I Am a Singer under the recommendation of director Hong Tao. Prior to the premiere, Hong invited Kudaibergen to Changsha, China, for audition, and was impressed with his voice, musicality and potential to become a star. Kudaibergen then signed a contract with Black Gold Talent in Beijing, securing one of eight first-round singers that will be participating for the season.[23][79] Being the youngest participant in the history of the show, at age 22, he against professional and top-selling Chinese singers as a ‘wildcard’.[31][80] Kudaibergen’s mother later said that he hoped to reach at least the middle stage of the competition.[81]

He eventually made it to the finals, however, he ended up finishing as runner-up, losing to Hong Kong singer Sandy Lam.

Singer 2017 – Ranking of Dimash Kudaibergen
Episode Round Broadcast date Song title Original singer Song introduction Ranking Percentages of votes Remarks
1 Qualifier Round 1 January 21, 2017 "A Soul's Plea for Help"
(French: SOS d'un terrien en détresse)
Daniel Balavoine Lyrics: Luc Plamondon
Composer: Michel Berger
Arranger: Kubert Leung
1 27.00% 1st place in Singer voting
2 Knockout Round 1 January 28, 2017 "Opera 2"
(Russian: Опера 2)[82]
Vitas Lyrics: Vitas, V. Borovsky
Composer: Vitas
Arranger: Da Ridan
1 24.36% 1st place in Overall
3 Challenge Round 1 February 4, 2017 "The Show Must Go On"[83] Queen Lyrics: Brian May
Composer: Queen
Arranger: Erlan Bekchurin
3 14.82%
4 Knockout Round 2 February 11, 2017 "Late Autumn"
(Chinese: 秋意浓)[84][84]
Jacky Cheung Lyrics: Daryl Yao (zh)
Composer: Kōji Tamaki
Arranger: Samal Ermakhanov
3 15.56% 2nd place in Overall ranking
5 Challenge Round 2 February 18, 2017 "Uptown Funk"[85] Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars Lyrics/Composer: Devon Christopher Gallaspy, Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars, Nicholas Williams, Philip Martin Lawrence II, Jeff Bhasker
Arranger: Kid
6 11.64%
6 Knockout Round 3 February 25, 2017 "Adagio" (English)[86] Lara Fabian Lyrics/Composer: Tomaso Albinoni, Rick Allison, Lara Fabian, Dave Pickell
Arranger: Erlan Bekchurin
1 23.88% 2nd place in Overall ranking
7 Qualifier Round 3 March 4, 2017 "Daididau"
(Kazakh: Дайдидау)[87]
Unknown Lyrics: Мағжан Жұмабаев Composer: Unknown
Arranger: Erlan Bekchurrin, Bakytbek Zeinelov
3 17.30%
8 Knockout Round 4 March 11, 2017 "Daybreak"
(Chinese: 天亮了)[88]
Han Hong Lyrics/Composer: Han Hong
Arranger: Erlan Bekchurrin
5 9.79% 5th place in Overall ranking
9 Challenge Round 4 March 18, 2017 "All by Myself"[89] Eric Carmen Lyrics: Eric Carmen
Composer: Eric Carmen, Sergei Rachmaninoff
Arranger: Erlan Bekchurrin
2 17.63%
10 Knockout Round 5 March 25, 2017 "Unforgettable Day"
(Kazakh: Ұмытылмас күн)[90]
Dimash Kudaibergen Lyrics: Kanat Aitbaev (Kazakh)
Composer: Dimash Kudaibergen
Arranger: Erlan Bekchurrin
3 16.71% 1st place in Overall ranking
Lyrics: Kaysha Tabarakkyzy (Mandarin)
Composer: Dimash Kudaibergen
Arranger: Erlan Bekchurrin
11 Breakout Round April 1, 2017 Exempted (did not perform this week by-virtue of being first-round singer)
12 Semi-finals April 8, 2017 "Confessa" (Italian)[18] Adriano Celentano Lyrics: Mogol (Italian)
Composer: Gianni Bella
Arranger: Erlan Bekchurrin
2 19.35%
Lyrics: Tang Tian (Mandarin)
Composer: Gianni Bella
Arranger: Erlan Bekchurrin
"The Diva Dance" Inva Mula Tchako Composer: Éric Serra
Arranger: Erlan Bekchurrin
13 Grand Finals April 15, 2017 "A Tribute to MJ" medley[91] Arranger: Erlan Bekchurrin, Chen Di 2 17.59% Backup Singer is Shang Wenjie (a.k.a. Laure Shang)
2nd place Overall ranking of semifinal and finals (and runner-up of Singer 2017)
Percentage of combined votes is 18.47%
"The Way You Make Me Feel" Michael Jackson Lyrics/Composer: Michael Jackson
"Billie Jean"
"Dangerous" Lyrics/Composer: Michael Jackson
Bill Bottrell
Teddy Riley
"Earth Song" Lyrics/Composer: Michael Jackson
14 2017 Biennial Concert April 22, 2017 "Give Me Love" (Kazakh: Маxаббат Бер Маған)[92] Dimash Kudaibergen Lyrics: Munaydar Balmolda
Composer: Аigül Bajanova
Arranger: Erlan Bekchurrin

Episode 1 of Singer 2017 was recorded on January 10, 2017 and premiered on Hunan TV on January 21, 2017. Kudaibergen sang "SOS d'un terrien en détresse",[93] stunning the audience and participants alike with his rendition of this song. He received a standing ovation and won Episode 1, becoming an overnight sensation in China the night of broadcast. His name instantly became prominent in social media and mass media. Kudaibergen’s success also made headlines in the media in Kazakhstan. French media took notice, too, and C8 TV Channel interviewed Claire Balavoine, sister of late Daniel Balavoine, the original singer of "SOS d'un terrien en détresse". She was touched by Kudaibergen’s similar musicality to her brother and his heartfelt interpretation. In a separate French TV program, Échos du monde - La Chine à l’heure des télé-crochets, Kudaibergen’s rise to fame in China, upon singing a French song, was discussed.

Kudaibergen won Episode 2, with his version of Vitas’ "Opera 2",[82] and came in third in Episode 3 with his rendition of Queen’s "The Show Must Go On".[83] The media in Kazakhstan promptly informed the public of news of Kudaibergen, and Hunan TV named him a bridge for Kazakh-Chinese cultural cooperation.[94] Between the recordings of episodes 3 and 4 of Singer, Kudaibergen flew to Almaty, Kazakhstan to perform in the 2017 Winter Universiade opening ceremony, on January 29. He sang Sarah Brightman’s "A Question of Honor" with Zarina Altynbayeva. He performed his first ever Mandarin song, "Late Autumn" (Chinese: 秋意浓) in Episode 4 and ranked 3rd.[84] During the broadcast of Episode 4, Kudaibergen’s meeting with Jackie Chan, his childhood idol, was shown.[95][96] Kudaibergen won Episode 6 with his rendition of Lara Fabian’s "Adagio" (English version).[86] Lara Fabian herself was so impressed with his performance that she congratulated him on her official Facebook page.[16]

For Episode 7, Kudaibergen decided to perform traditional Kazakh folk song "Daididau".[87] In an interview, his mother stated that it was his childhood dream to perform a traditional Kazakh song in a world-class competition.[97] He flew to Astana to recruit his classmates from Kazakh National University of Arts to play traditional Kazakh instruments for his performance. Tailored costumes (shapan) were made in Kazakhstan with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Sports of Kazakhstan.[98][99] Kudaibergen started the performance by playing the dombra as an intro, playing a traditional piece named "Aday" (Kazakh: Адай күйі) and then sang "Daididau" accompanied by his classmates. He came in third. His performance of "Daididau" was received positively and sparked interest in Kazakh music and culture in China. Kudaibergen later said in an interview that this gave him the opportunity to "make sure once again that music knows no boundaries".[26] After the broadcast of Episode 7, a documentary was aired on Hunan TV, in which Song Ke, CEO of Alibaba Planet – music platform of Chinese net giant Alibaba – said of Kudaibergen: "‘Dimash’ sounds like a soccer player's name. I don't know where he comes from. Definitely, he is a marvelous singer. His voice is the most exquisite, impressive, which can transcend gender, language and border. This is the basic essence of music. This dark horse is just so unexpected!"[100]

Kudaibergen sang his own song, "Unforgettable Day", for Episode 10.[90] He had a section of the lyrics translated into Mandarin for his Singer performance. He came in third place. His performances from Singer were prominent in the Fresh Asia music chart, and "Unforgettable Day" topped the chart.[8][9] On March 27, Kudaibergen won "Best Asian Singer" in China’s Top Music Awards in Shanghai, China, which are considered to be the equivalent to the Grammy Awards. He performed "SOS d'un terrien en détresse".[16][101] On April 5th, he released his first Chinese single "Eternal Memory" (Chinese: 拿不走的记忆), theme song of the movie Battle of Memories (Chinese: 记忆大师).[102] "Eternal Memories" reached number one on the iTunes QQ chart the day of release.

In Episode 12 of Singer, the semifinal, Kudaibergen sang Adriano Celentano's "Confessa" in Italian followed by "The Diva Dance" and placed second and was promoted to the final.[18] On April 9th, he won "Most Popular International Singer" in Top Chinese Music Awards in Shenzhen, China.[103][104] He performed "Unforgettable Day" accompanied by Ouyang Nana on the piano. On April 12th, he released his single "Go Go Power Rangers", soundtrack for the movie Power Rangers in China.[105] In the final of Singer 2017, Kudaibergen sang a duet "A Tribute to MJ" with Chinese singer Laure Shang (Chinese: 尚雯婕).[91] He finished Singer 2017 as the runner-up. Two days after the final, he joined his fellow artists of Kazakhstan and took part in the Bright Silk Road Concert held by the Embassy of Kazakhstan and China’s Department of Culture, in Beijing. For the final episode of Singer 2017, Episode 14, the gala episode, Kudaibergen performed a new song in Kazakh, "Give Me Love" (Kazakh: Маxаббат Бер Маған; Makhabbat Ber Magan).[92][106] In an interview he expressed his desire to continue competing in Singer.[80] During and after Singer, Kudaibergen appeared on various TV programs in China, including My Boyfriend’s A Superstar/Fan Fan Boyfriend (a game show where he played the role of a boyfriend), and Come Sing With Me (where fans were selected to sing with their idol). Upon returning to Kazakhstan after the completion of Singer 2017, he was welcomed with a congratulatory event in Central Concert Hall "Kazakhstan" in Astana.[107]

On March 3, 2017, Kudaibergen was awarded the First President's Foundation Prize in Kazakhstan. (As he could not attend the ceremony, his father received the award for him.)[108][109] On March 21, he was invited to perform in France, in a popular French show on France 2 TV channel named Les Années Bonheur, where he sang "SOS d'un terrien en détresse". The episode was broadcast on May 6.[110][111] In the same month, he was also invited to perform at two Global Gift Galas in Paris and Cannes, France, by the Honorary Chair of the foundation, American actress Eva Longoria.[112][113] He also sang at the inauguration of the Kazakhstani pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival.[114][115] On May 24th, a celebratory event with fans was held for Kudaibergen’s 23rd birthday, at the Beijing Exhibition Center.[116] The next day, Kudaibergen was named "Most Popular Singer of the Year" by OK! Magazine.[117][118] In June he continued to appear in various public events, including at the Mid Year OPPO Ceremony in Zhejiang, and at the Chinese Film Festival in Astana.

On June 27, 2017, Kudaibergen held his first large-scale solo concert in Astana in conjunction with EXPO 2017, naming it Bastau (Beginning). Among the sold out crowd of around 30,000 spectators were fans from abroad. Invited guest singers from abroad were Terry Lin, Kristina Orbakaitė (who sang "Opyat Metel" with Kudaibergen), Loreen, and Sophie Ellis-Bextor, and from Kazakhstan Maira Mukhamedkyzy (who sang "My Swan" with Kudaibergen), Marat Aitimov, and Kudaibergen’s parents Svetlana Aitbayeva and Kanat Aitbayev (who sang the closing song, "Astana Waltz" with Kudaibergen).[119] Kudaibergen sang for most of the duration of the 2.5 hour concert, wowing the audience with his strong voice and unique vocal range in songs such as "Day Break", "Diva Dance", "SOS d'un terrien en détresse", and "A Tribute to MJ". Bastau also received rave reviews in the media. He sang live to a live orchestra, and sang his popular songs from Singer days, as well as pre-Singer songs. He also debuted his new songs "My Star" (Kazakh: Жұлдызым), "Without You" (Kazakh: Кім екен), "My Last Words to You" (Kazakh: Сөз соңы), and "Leyla" (Kazakh: Лейла).[11][12][13][14]

On July 11, Kudaibergen’s new song "Ocean over Time" (Chinese: 时光·沧海) was released in China as the theme song for the game Moonlight Blade.[120] It was announced that a passenger jet would advertise the game, bearing Kudaibergen’s image. Its first flight would be on August 22, between Shanghai and Beijing.[121] On July 17, Kudaibergen sang "Adagio" at the closing ceremony of Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk, Belarus, where his career had catapulted in 2015.[122] On July 19 and 20 he won two MTV awards in China, for "Most Popular Overseas Singer" in Guangzhou and Shenzhen, where he performed as well.[123] On July 22, he walked the red carpet and performed at the 2017 Eurasia Film Festival in Astana, Kazakhstan. He sang "All by Myself" and folk song "Dudarai" (Kazakh: Дударай), impressing the likes of Nicolas Cage and Adrien Brody.[124][125] More awards and performances followed: "Favorite Male Singer" at the Chinese Golden Melody Festival in Hong Kong,[126] "Astana Voice" at the Annual International Music Festival in Astana, Kazakhstan,[127] and "Best Overseas Male Star" at the New Asia Song Festival in Beijing.[128] Kudaibergen announced in his acceptance speech in Beijing that he had plans to hold solo concerts in China, and restated that his fans in China had proved that music has no boundaries.

On September 16, Kudaibergen performed as the headliner at the open air Gakku Festival concert in Almaty, to a crowd of 150,000 spectators. Prior to this event, his highest recorded note was G#7 on the whistle register, on par with Mariah Carey. At Gakku Festival, he surpassed himself by hitting D8 during "Unforgettable Day".[129][130][19] One week later he sang a duet with Coco Lee at her concert in Hangzhou, China. On October 2, he performed as guest at 3rd Grand Charity Ball, in Uralsk (he had also participated in the 1st and 2nd Grand Charity Ball events in 2015 and 2016).[131][132][133] On October 17, Kudaibergen performed in Paris at a UNESCO concert, along with other famed artists from Kazakhstan.[134] He sang "Daididau" and "SOS d'un terrien en détresse", wearing his traditional shapan from Singer Episode 7. A few days earlier, also in France, Kudaibergen’s countryman, the figure skater Denis Ten had debuted his Olympic season free program to Kudaibergen’s rendition of "SOS d'un terrien en détresse" at the 2017 Cup of Nice. Kudaibergen performed "Memory" (from Cats) at Tmall 11.11 Countdown Gala in Shanghai, China.[135] Kudaibergen is currently working on recording his first album.[136]

Awards and achievements[edit]

Contests
Date Competition Location Result
2000 Republic contest Aynalayin Aktobe, Kazakhstan 1st place (category piano)[1]
2010 International Festival Sonorous Voices of Baikonur Baikonur, Kazakhstan 1st degree[1]
2012-05-20 Republican Young Performers Contest Zhas Kanat Astana, Kazakhstan Grand Prix[137]
2012-09-09 International TV Contest of Young Performers Oriental Bazaar Yalta, Ukraine 1st prize[138]
2013-07-19 First International Festival of young performers Makin Asia Kyrgyzstan Grand Prix[139][38]
2015-06-13 International Festival of Arts Slavianski Bazaar Vitebsk, Belarus Grand Prix[42]
2017, Jan–Apr Hunan TV Singer 2017 Changsha, China 2nd place
Awards
Date Event Location Award
2014-12-30 The State Youth Prize Daryn of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan Astana, Kazakhstan Category "Stage"[40]
2015-12-28 People of the Year Astana, Kazakhstan "Singer of the Year"[140]
2016-01-22 National award People's Favorite Astana, Kazakhstan "Pop Artist"[5]
2016-02-02 Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan Astana, Kazakhstan Certificate of Honor[141]
2016-12-30 State Grand Astana, Kazakhstan "Leadership in the Field of Culture 2016"[78]
2017-03-03 First President's Foundation Prize in Kazakhstan Astana, Kazakhstan Laureate[108]
2017-03-27 24th China’s Top Music Awards Shanghai, China "Best Asian Singer"[16][101]
2017-04-09 17th Top Chinese Music Award Shenzhen, China "Most Popular International Singer"[103][104]
2017-04-26 25th session of the People's Assembly of Kazakhstan Astana, Kazakhstan Blessing by the President of Kazakhstan[142]
2017-05-26 OK! Magazine Music Gala Beijing, China "Most Popular Singer of the Year"[118]
2017-07-19 Tencent MTV Asia Music Gala Guangzhou, China "Most Popular Overseas Award"[143]
2017-07-20 MTV Global Mandarin Music Awards Shenzhen, China "Most Popular Overseas Singer"[123]
2017-08-09 Chinese Golden Melody Festival Hong Kong "Favorite Male Singer"[126]
2017-08-27 Asia New Song Festival Beijing, China "Best Overseas Male Star"[128]
2017-08-27 Annual International Music Festival Astana, Kazakhstan "Astana Dausy" (Astana Voice)[127]
2017-11-29 Awakening Time Fashion Night Gala Beijing, China "Leader Of Innovation Time"[144]
2017-12-02 iQIYI Screaming Night Annual Gala Beijing, China "Most Popular Male Singer"[145][146]
2017-12-21 Beauty Touching Annual Charity Gala Beijing, China "Best International Singer"[147]
2017-12-27 Golden Mango Stars Awards "Most Popular Male Singer"[148]
2018-01-18 Weibo Annual Awards Beijing, China "New Music Power of the year"
2018-01-27 Global Chinese Golden Chart Awards Beijing, China "Outstanding Artist of the Year"
2018-02-01 Belt and Road International Brand Spring Festival Gala Beijing, China "Friendship Ambassador" of China and Kazakhstan

"Friendship Outstanding Contribution" Award

2018-02-10 Global Chinese Music Top 10 awards Beijing, China "Most Popular Singer of the Year"

Public appearances[edit]

Solo concerts
Date Title Location
2017-06-27 Bastau Live Show Concert  Astana, Kazakhstan 
2017-12-16 D-Dynasty World Live Tour Concert Changsha, China 
2018-01-05 D-Dynasty World Live Tour Concert  Fuzhou, China

Discography[edit]

Extended play
Year Title Language Songs
2016 Dimash Kudaibergen[62]  Kazakh 1. "Yerkeleteyin" (Kazakh: Еркелетейін; Cherishing You)
2. "Körkemim" (Kazakh: Көркемім; My Belle)
3. "Daididau" (Kazakh: Дайдидау)
4. "Tugan Zher" (Kazakh: Туған жер; My Homeland)
Singles
Year English Title Original Title Remarks
2018 Screaming Screaming First English single
2018 Restart My Love Chinese: 重啟愛情 Soundtrack for Serials My Idol
2017 Moonlight Mama Chinese: 月亮媽媽 Presented at D-Dynasty Live Concert on Dec 16, 2017 in Changsha, China
2017 Lively Planet Chinese: 熱鬧星球 Presented at D-Dynasty Live Concert on Dec 16, 2017 in Changsha, China
2017 War And Peace Chinese: 戰爭與和平 Presented at D-Dynasty Live Concert on Dec 16, 2017 in Changsha, China
2017 Give Me Love Chinese: 困在愛裡面[149] Chinese version of "Makhabbat Ber Magan"
2017 The Crown Chinese: 荊棘王冠[150] Chinese version of "Kim Eken"
Theme song for game Xiaomi Super GOD MOBA
2017 Ocean Over The Time Chinese: 时光·沧海[120] Theme song for game Moonlight Blade Online
2017 Go Go Power Rangers[105] Soundtrack for movie Power Rangers
2017 Eternal Memories Chinese: 拿不走的记忆[102] Theme song for movie Battle of Memories
2017 Leyla Kazakh: Лейла Presented at Bastau Live Concert on Jul 27, 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan
2017 My Last Words For You Kazakh: Сөз соңы ( Soz Soni ) Presented at Bastau Live Concert on Jul 27, 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan
2017 Without You Kazakh: Кім екен ( Kim Eken ) Presented at Bastau Live Concert on Jul 27, 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan
2017 Sweet Memories Kazakh: Тәтті елес ( Tatti Eles ) Presented at Bastau Live Concert on Jul 27, 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan
2017 My Star Kazakh: Жұлдызым ( Juldizim ) Presented at Bastau Live Concert on Jul 27, 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan
2017 Hello Kazakh: Сәлем ( Salem ) Presented during promotion for Bastau Live Concert
2017 Give Me Love Kazakh: Махаббат бер маған ( Makhabbat ber magan ) Presented at Singer Gala on Apr 22, 2017 in Changsha, China
2016 Good Wishes Kazakh: Ақ тілек[151] ( Ak Tilek )
2015 My Swan Kazakh: Аққуым ( Akkuym ) With Maira Mukhamedkyzy
2015 Unforgettable Day Kazakh: Ұмытылмас күн ( Umytylmas Kun )
Music videos
Year English Title Original Title Remarks
2018 Screaming Screaming
2017 Ocean Over The Time  Chinese: 时光·沧海
2017 Go Go Power Rangers
2017 Eternal Memory Chinese: 拿不走的记忆
2015 Blizzard Again Kazakh: Аяз қырау Kazakh version of "Opyat Metel" (Russian: Опять метель)
2014 My Belle Kazakh: Көркемім
2013 Daididau Kazakh: Дайдидау
Songs written by Kudaibergen
Year English Title Original Title Romanization
2017 War And Peace Chinese: 戰爭與和平 Zhànzhēng yǔ hépíng
2017 My Last Words For You Kazakh: Сөз соңы Söz soñı
2017 Sweet Memories Kazakh: Тәтті елес Tätti eles
2017 Hello Kazakh: Сәлем Sälem
2015 Unforgettable Day Kazakh: Ұмытылмас күн Umıtılmas kün
2014 My Belle Kazakh: Көркемім Körkemim

Filmography[edit]

Television shows
Air date Title Channel Role Remarks
2013 Saz Alemi El Arna Performer Local contest
2015-04-24 7 Songs Khabar Performer Local contest
2015-07-15 Tansholpan (Kazakh: Таңшолпан) Qazaqstan TV Guest[152]
2015-07-16 Central Communications service of KZ Guest[153] Press conference due to winning Slavianski Bazaar
2015-08-24 Isabekova 365 Info Guest[154]
2015-09-07 Tungi Studio with Nurlan Koyanbayev Qazaqstan TV Guest
2015-11-25 Central News (Kazakh: Орталық хабар) Khabar Guest[155]
2016-04-25 Zhan Syrym Channel 7 Guest[156]
2016-05-22 Analar Astana TV Guest[157] With his mother
2016-07-21 Latest News (Kazakh: Из первых рук) Рика ТВ Guest[158] With his father
2017, Jan–Apr Singer 2017 Hunan TV Competitor Television series
2017-03-18 Happy Camp (Chinese: 快乐大本营) Hunan TV Guest[159] Variety show
2017-03-20 Télématin France 2 Report on Kudaibergen’s rise to stardom[160][161]
2017-03-21 Les Années Bonheur France 2 Performer[110]
2017-04-27 My Boyfriend's a Superstar (Chinese: 饭饭男友) iQIYI Main actor[162] Reality show
2017-04-28 Day Day Up (Chinese: 天天向上) Hunan TV Guest[163]
2017-05-06 Come Sing with Me Season 2 Episode 2 Hunan TV Guest[164]
2017-05-24 Surprise Night birthday party Live 4 LIVE Guest[165]
2017-06-24 Tungi Studio with Nurlan Koyanbayev Qazaqstan TV Guest[166]
2017-09-09 The Coming One (Chinese: 明日之子) Tencent TV Guest[167] Performed "Earth Song" with Victor Ma

Philanthropy[edit]

At Top Chinese Music Awards 2017, with "love recycling", Dimash donated the suit jacket he wore in the first round of Hunan Television Singer 2017 competition. The suit jacket was auctioned by Jingdong Platform for public auction, and the proceeds are all donated to the Foundation for the Care of Children with Blood Lead.

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