Nargiz Zakirova is an Uzbekistan popular singer who became famous after becoming the runner-up on Russia’s version of The Voice in 2013. Nargiz Zakirova released her album, Alone in 2014. She also won the Golden Gramophone Award in three consecutive years 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Table of Biography
Early life and Childhood
Nargiz Zakirova was born on October 6, 1970 (49 years) in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Her stage name is Bella Lugozi and her full name is Nargiz Pulatovna Zakirova. The name of her father is Po’lat Mordekaev (Drummer in the ensemble, headed by Botir Zakirov). He was a Bukharian Jew and his severe illness prevented Nargiz from participating in the first casting of the television program The Voice in 2012. Her father tragically passed away in April 2013.
Her mother’s name is Luiza Zakirova (Pop Singer). Nargiz’s mother was popular in the 1960s and 70s, and she was a pop singer who performed, in particular, in a duet with her brother Botir Zokirov. She was also an Honored Artist of the Uzbek SSR in the year 1968. Her uncle was a member of the legendary band Yalla. Botir was an Uzbek Soviet singer, writer, poet, artist and actor. He was also The founder of a variety of art in the republic. He also won the People’s Artist of the Uzbek SSR.
Talking about Nargiz’s other family members, her grandfather is Karim Zakirov who lived from 1912 to 1977. He was an opera singer (baritone). He was also the People’s Artist of the Uzbek SSR, soloist of the Uzbek State Opera and Ballet Theater named after Alisher Navoi. Moreover, her grandmother is Shoista Sandoval. She was also a folk singer and soloist of the Tashkent Musical Drama and Comedy Theater named after Mukimi. She was honored Artist of the Uzbek SSR in the year 1952.
It seems that almost all the family members of Nargiz were involved in arts and music, which heavily influenced her since childhood. Likewise, Nargiz belongs to mixed (Uzbek-Russian-American) ethnicity and her birth sign is Libra.
Nargiz studied at the various departments in the republican circus school. While she was in school, she used to perform successfully with her band.
Nargiz began her singing career from an early age of four. Then at the age of 15, she performed song Remember Me originally recorded along with other songs for film Bride from Vuadil directed by Ali Hamroyev. The song appeared at the 1st All-Union TV contest of young performers of the Soviet pop song “Jurmala-86”. At the event, she won the audience award. Similarly, she has a supporting musician family.
Her family emigrated from Uzbekistan to the United States un 1995. In the first years in New York, Nargiz worked in a store, in a video salon, in a tattoo parlor, and performed in restaurants. In 2001 she recorded the album Zolotaya kletka in folktronica style. It was digitally distributed by Sweet Rains Records. She also sang in various groups and later performed solo.
In the year 2013, Nargiz passed three stages of selection for the American X-Factor. However, after the organizers did not call back, she went to the Russian television project The Voice. Nargiz impressed all four judges, but she chose the team of Leonid Agutin. Similarly, on December 20, 2013, she entered the final of the contest and placed second, losing by a wide margin to Sergei Volchkov.
Since April 2014, Nargiz has been cooperating with the producer and composer Maxim Fadeev. He wrote her the debut solo single “Ya – ne tvoya”, and it was released on July 3. In the music video, she co-starred with her then-husband, Philip Balzano. Similarly, the same year in July Nargiz Zakirova won the Grand Prix of the International Music Festival “White Nights of St. Petersburg”. At the festival, she took part as a representative of Russia. Further, Nargiz was the test subject in the TV show Battle of Psychics released in November of the same year.
Albums and more
She has released her first album named The Golden Cage in 2001. Later, she became the runner-up on Russia’s version of The Voice. Furthermore, her best works include albums such as Alone in 2014, Zolotaya kletka in 2006 and The Golden Cage in 2001. Additionally, she has launched various hit songs such as Come Closer, Land, City Of Dreams, Poison, Jump, and many more singles.
In the year 2016, she released a solo album Shum serdtsa including 15 songs, of which previously 4 were released. In 2018, Nargiz released the single Nelyubov.
Currently, she has a busy schedule for performing at concerts. She has concerts lined up in near future. Likely, she will be performing USSURIYSK – CONCERT USSURIYSK – CONCERT NARGIZ at House of Officers of the Ussuri Garrison, 31 Sovetskaya St., Ussuriysk, Primorsky Krai, on 27 October 2019. Similarly, on 28 October 2019, at Vladivostok Circus, Svetlanskaya, 103, Vladivostok, Primorsky Krai, and so on.
Awards and Net Worth
Runner up of The Voice Russia, Nargiz Zakirova won the Grand Prix of the International Music Festival, White Nights of St. Petersburg in 2014, Golden Gramophone Award in three consecutive years 2015, 2016, and 2017. Additionally, she also received Muz-TV Music Award for Best Duo and Muz-TV Music Award for Best Rock Performer in 2017. Moreover, MUSICBOX “Singer of the Year” Award, 2016 MUSICBOX Award “Duet of the Year”.
Talking about her assets, she earned a decent amount of money by her profession (pop-rock singer). Her annual salary is under review. However, the estimated net worth would be around $5 million at the age of 48.
Personal Life and Marriage
The talented rock singer is married three times. Her first husband is Ruslan Sharipov and their marriage ended in 1995. Then she married Ernur Kanaybekov but the marriage didn’t last long and ended in 1997.
Later, the same year she was married to Italian singer Philip Balzano. They first met each other at a restaurant where the Nargiz was singing an Italian song. Eventually, she has divorced Philip after 20 years of marriage.
Nargiz has three children from three different husbands namely daughter Sabina (Ruslan Sharipov), Leila (Philip Balzano) and son Auel (Ernur Kanaybekov). Even, she has a grandson Noah, son of her daughter Sabina.
There are no rumors and controversy surrounding her. She seems to be focusing fully on her music career rather than involving in any rumors and controversy.
Her body measurement is not available yet. She has a black eye with dark brown hair. Nargiz is active in social media. Her Facebook account has more than 55k followers and around 430k followers on Instagram.