Alsou Ralifovna Abramova (Russian: Алсу́ Рали́фовна Абра́мова; Tatar: Алсу Рәлиф кызы Абрамова; née Safina, born June 27, 1983) is a Bugulman singer. She is known simply as Alsou (Алсу́). She is a Tartar and a Muslim, born in Bugulma (Republic of Tatarstan). Alsou only speaks a few common phrases in her own language. At the age of 15 she gained recognition with her first recording, Alsou.
|Birth name||Alsou Ralifovna Safina|
|Born||27 June 1983|
Bugulma, Tatarstan, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Origin||Moscow, Russia; London, England|
|Genres||Pop, R'n'B, Synthpop|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, Songwriter, Pianist, Actress|
|Instruments||vocals, piano, keyboards|
She competed in the Eurovision Song Contest 2000 finishing in second place. She also released her first English album in 2000. Alsou hosted the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 held in Moscow. On 7 July 2011 Alsou was appointed as a UNESCO Artist for Peace by Director-General Irina Bokova. She is a founder and organizer of the International Folk Music Festival of Peoples of the Volga River.
- "Alsou Safina Biographia". RUSSIANSAbroad.com. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
- "Russian singer Alsou Abramova joins roster of UNESCO Artists for Peace". UN News Centre. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
- Birgit Beumers, Pop Culture Russia!: Media, Arts, and Lifestyle (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2005), p. 235