Meniń Qazaqstanym

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Менің Қазақстаным
English: My Kazakhstan
Meniń Qazaqstanym
Kazakhstan National Anthem.png
Text and score of the National Anthem of Kazakhstan Менің Қазақстаным (Meniń Qazaqstanym).

National anthem of  Kazakhstan
Lyrics Jumeken Najimedenov, 1956
Nursultan Nazarbayev, 2006
Music Shamshi Kaldayakov, 1956
Adopted 7 January 2006
Audio sample
"My Kazakhstan" (instrumental)
Choral rendition

"My Kazakhstan" (Kazakh: Менің Қазақстаным, translit. Meniń Qazaqstanym, Kazakh pronunciation: [mʲɘnˈɘŋ qɑzɑq͡χˈstɑnəm]) is the national anthem of Kazakhstan, adopted on January 7, 2006.[1] It is based on a homonymous song written in 1956, with music by Shamshi Kaldayakov and lyrics by Jumeken Najimedenov.[2] This replaced the anthem of the Republic of Kazakhstan as the state anthem, which was used after independence and followed the melody of the state anthem used for Soviet Kazakhstan. The original lyrics were modified by Nursultan Nazarbayev, the President of Kazakhstan, before the decree was issued.[3]


This song is based on a Kazakh patriotic song of the same name written in 1956 in response to the Soviet Virgin Lands program. There is debate over whether it was to celebrate the program or to insist Soviet authorities should not turn Kazakhstan into Russia's corn belt.[4] Shamshi Kaldayakov composed the music and Jumeken Najimedenov wrote the lyrics.

2012 sporting event incident[edit]

In March 2012, a parody national anthem, "O Kazakhstan", featured in the soundtrack of the movie Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, was mistakenly played at the International Shooting Grand Prix in Kuwait. The Gold-winning medalist, Mariya Dmitriyenko, stood on the dais while the entire parody was played. The team complained, and the award ceremony was re-staged. The incident apparently resulted from the wrong song being downloaded from YouTube at the last minute.[5][6] Senior officials in Kazakhstan were furious with the error and vowed to make a complaint to their Kuwaiti counterparts.[citation needed]

A similar incident had taken place earlier that month at the grand opening of a ski resort in Kostanai, in which the first bar of Ricky Martin's single "Livin' La Vida Loca" was played instead of "Meniń Qazaqstanym".

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The CIA World Factbook 2012 Central Intelligence Agency - 2011 "National anthem: name: “Menin Qazaqstanim” (My Kazakhstan) lyrics/music: Zhumeken NAZHIMEDENOV"
  2. ^ Embassy of Kazakhstan in New Delhi, India : Weekly News Archived 2007-11-24 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Агентство Республики Казахстан по делам государственной службы". 2006. Archived from the original on 13 May 2007. Retrieved 13 May 2007. 
  4. ^ Marshall, Alex (2015). Republic or Death! Travels in Search of National Anthems. London: Random House Books. pp. 140–144. ISBN 9781847947413. 'Imagine if someone came and tried to break up London,' [Shamshi Kaldayakov's son] Mukhtar says, hitting a table in disgust. 'It's just like that. My father composed the song to stop them doing this. "Don't do it. This is our land."' 
  5. ^ "Borat anthem played by mistake at medals ceremony". Eurosport Yahoo! UK. Mar 24, 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-03-26. 
  6. ^ "Borat anthem stuns Kazakh gold medallist in Kuwait". BBC. 23 March 2012. 

External links[edit]

  • — This Russian language website with news about Kazakhstan has an article about the new anthem, with an MP3 vocal file.
Preceded by
Anthem of the Republic of Kazakhstan
National Anthem of Kazakhstan
Succeeded by