Chingiz for Azerbaijan 2019

Chingiz for Azerbaijan 2019

🇦🇿 Azerbaijan 2019 / “Truth”

Photograph by Alexandr Porubaymykh

Grand Final | 8th Place | 302 points

Semi Final 2 | 5th Place | 224 points | Qualified

Chingiz Mustafayev, who will be simply known as Chingiz at Eurovision, is a Russian-born Azerbaijani singer-songwriter who was chosen internally by İTV to represent Azerbaijan at Tel Aviv 2019 with the song “Truth”. Though he was born in Moscow, he moved to Azerbaijan at a young age where he learned to play guitar. Labeled as a rising star in the Caucasian nation, his song “Truth” won the internal selection process beating out over 350 other entires.

“Truth” centers itself around a toxic relationship and the devastation of the lies and deceit therein. The chorus, where Chingiz repeatedly tells himself to “shut about it” is him struggling to admit to himself that the relationship is faulty and failing fast. He knows this, but feels compelled to keep up the facade and bear the brunt of abuse.

Moving to Qaza at the age of six, Chingiz quickly picked up playing the guitar and learned to sing. Upon moving to Baku in his teenaged years, he soon entered Pop Idol, where he emerged victorious and quickly made a name for himself. He later took part in New Wave in Latvia, performing alongside Polina Gagarina (Russia 2015) and placing eleventh. Though apart of his own band, Palmas, Chingiz began releasing solo singles in early 2019. 

Watch “Truth” below, and follow Chingiz on Instagram. Listen to his discography on Spotify.

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