Nina Nikolina (Нина Николина)

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1975 - Braca

With only three years old, Nina Nikolina, already showed his vocal abilities, reason for which, she was accepted in a childrens choir When she was ten, she was discovered by Ljubomir Pipkov, thanks to which, Nina, began to have a more intense contact with music in the conservatory of her native town. Her studies at the conservatory ended in 1994. From the beginning of her career, Nina Nikolina, has developed a career in which she composes and writes her own songs. Her first album in 1996 was not much of a success, although it allowed the singer to make itself known in the Bulgarian music scene. The singer begins to develop, then a very personal style combining the traditional Bulgarian songs, with the most current Pop music and New Age .

His second album, which was titled; "Slânčogled", and published three years after its debut, followed the trajectory marked by the first album, although this time, Nina Nikolina, decides to deepen more in its style giving to the album a sound more acoustic than the previous one. The peculiar style of Nina, has since caused a great confusion to many musical critics, who hesitated labeling her as a Turbo-folk or Pop artist .

In her third album published in 2001, and one of the most commercially successful, she began experimenting with electronic music. In 2005 , Nina entered the Bulgarian national Eurovision final with the song "Ne Moga" (I can not). It failed to pass the first semifinal but was a hit after all. The follow up album was named by magazine BGradio best album and best performer. Television MM Televizija awarded her as the best singer of 2005 .

After a long silence of three years, in 2008, the singer publishes a new work, this time, along with the male soloist Kalin Veljov. In 2011 a compilation called 'pop & ethno' gives an overview of her career. Nina also became a member of the Pendara ethno project and released an album together with BDM in 2012.

On the web:

Nina website: http://www.nina-nikolina.com/

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- Loredana (Romania)

- Mitsou (Hungary)

What do we think:

DB: Pop and ethno. That sums it up nicely. We found Nina's compilation in a record store in Varna where the owner was not sure how to label it. Usually that is when it becomes interesting. If an artist is hard to pinpoint. And Nina is just that. If you look at her in a broader pan european context you see paralels acros the central regions of the continent with similar artists in Romania, Hungary, Serbia and Greece..


- Nina Nikolina (1996)

♪♪♪ - Slânčogled (1999)

- S Zatvoreni oči (2001)

- Ti (2003)

- Absenthe (2008)

- Nina & BDM (2012)

♪♪♪♪♪ = outstanding album, an absolute must-have
♪♪♪♪ = great album, highly recomended
♪♪♪ = nice album
♪♪ = be careful, requires listening before buying
♪ = best to be avoided


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