Manizha Davlat (Tajik: Манижа Давлат; born in December 31, 1982) (also spelled as Manizha Davlatova, Manija Davlat, Manizha Dawlat and Manija Dawlat) is a Tajikistani pop singer. She is associated with Persian pop music. Manizha sings in Tajiki, a dialect of Modern Persian native to her country. She performs in concerts regularly in her native Tajikistan as well as other neighboring countries. She has fans in parts of Iran and Afghanistan, mainly among the Tajik people of Central Asia.
Manizha DavlatМанижа Давлат
|Birth name||Manizha Davlatova|
|Born||31 December 1982|
Kulob, Tajikistan USSR
|Years active||2001 – 2006|
Manizha was born in Kulob, Tajikistan. Since her concert in Mazar-e-Sharif and Kabul, she has gained popularity in Afghanistan in addition to building on her already established renown in Central Asian countries. A recent poll conducted in Kabul in 2003 named Manija (among Persian speakers) and Nazia Iqbal (among Pashto speakers) as the most popular female singers in that country.
As of 2004, she has two albums, both recorded live in Mazar-e-Sharif. Her concert in Kabul drew thousands of enthusiastic fans. Reportedly in both of these concerts, the stage was filled with flower bouquets.
Manija has not been performing since 2006. She claims the reason for this is her disappointment in today's Tajik pop culture and her present interest in Islam, which considers performing for entertainment as a sin.
- Manizha Davlat's Concert in Afghanistan, BBC, retrieved 2011-12-07
- Manija Davlat: Tajik Singer, BBC, retrieved 2003-06-18
- Despite Threats, Female Tajik Singer Performs In Kabul, Radio Liberty, retrieved 2006-01-20
- Interview with Manija Davlatova, Centrasia.ru, retrieved 2010-01-05