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Singer, songwriter, actor, People’s Artist of the Georgian SSR, Honoured Artist of Ukraine, winner of the USSR State Prize and the State Prize of Georgia

Member of the International jury of the XXIX International Pop Song Performers Contest “VITEBSK-2020”, Honoured Artist of the Georgian SSR (1970), People’s Artist of the Georgian SSR (1980), Honoured Artist of Ukraine (2013), winner of the USSR State Prize (1978) and the State Prize of Georgia (2013)

Vakhtang Kikabidze was born in Tbilisi on 19 July 1938.

From 1955 to 1957, he studied at the I. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University and played percussion instruments in a student orchestra.

Between 1959 and 1961, he worked for the Tbilisi Philharmonic. When on tour, he performed under the stage name Buba, singing songs in four languages, copying foreign pop artists.

Between 1961 and 1963, he studied at the Tbilisi Institute of Foreign Languages.

In 1966, he became member of the Orera ensemble. The ensemble gave concerts in the country, released 8 records with the participation of Kikabidze.

In 1980, Kikabidze began his solo career. One of the first hits were the songs “The Last Cabman”, “Mzeo Mariam” and “Chito Gvrito” which was included in the soundtrack of “Mimino” film.

His film career developed together with his singing career.

Filmography: “Meeting in the Mountains” (1966); “Orera”, Full Ahead!” (1967); “Don’t Grieve!” (1969, “Best Actor” award at the International Film Festival in Cartagena); “Moscow in Notes” (1969); “Khatabala” (1971); “I am, a Detective” (1972); “Hopelessly Lost” (1972); “Melodies of the Vera quarter” (1974); “The Lost Expedition” (1974); “Magic lantern” (1974); “Stone of Pure Water” (1976); “Mimino” (1977, State Prize of the USSR); “Pseudonym: Lukach” (1977); “Till Next Time, Friend” (1980); “Cheers, My Dear” (1981); “Three Slaps” (1982); “Morning Without Marks” (1983); “TASS Is Authorized to Declare...” (1984, KGB award); “Olga and Konstantin” (1984); “Real Men and the Others” (1985); “A Merry Trip” (1994); “Russian Project”(1995); “The Lost Expedition” (1996, TV); “Starry Night in Kamergersky” (1997); “Fortune” (2000); “Queen”(2008); “Idiocracy”(2008); “Christmas Trees-2” (2011); “Love With an Accent” (2012); “Grandfather 005”(2013); “Ku Kin-dza-dza!” (2013).

Director and screenplay writer: “Cheers, My Dear” (1981, Grand Prix “Gabrovo-83”); “Real Men and the Others” (1985); “Pismodrugi” (1999); “Secret of Happiness” (1999); “Tango of Love” (1999); “Best Songs” (2001); “Grand Collection” (2002); “My Years” (2003); “Old Men: Robbers” (2004); “Lyubownoye nastroenie” (2005).

Until 1989, Vakhtang Kikabidze was the artistic director of the State Variety Orchestra of Georgia.

He is Honorary Citizen of Tbilisi (1998).

In 1999, Kikabidze’s star was laid on the “Square of Stars” in Moscow.

In 2006, Vakhtang Kikabidze’s Georgian star was laid on the square in front of the Tbilisi Philharmonic.

In December 2019, Vakhtang Kikabidze and Nani Bregvadze presented the program “From Georgia with Love”, dedicated to the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Belarus and Georgia (Palace of the Republic, Minsk, Belarus).

He has toured with concerts on five continents.

Discography (vinyl records): “Vakhtang Kikabidze Sings” (1971); “Buba Kikabidze Sings” (1973); “Buba Kikabidze Sings” (1978); “While Heart Sings” (1979); “Vakhtang Kikabidze Sings. Songs of Alexey Ekimyan” (1980); “Vakhtang Kikabidze Sings” (1980); “Wish. Alexey Ekimyan’s Songs by Vakhtang Kikabidze” (1981); “Vakhtang Kikabidze Sings the Songs by A. Morozov” (1983).

Discography (audio albums and CD): “Vakhtang Kikabidze Sings” (1979); “Wish” (1981); “While Heart Sings” (1981); “My Years” (1994); “I Want Larisa Ivanovna” (1996); “Letter To a Friend” (1997); “Secret of Happiness” (1997); “Tango of Love” (1999); “Georgia, My Love” (2003); “Tantsy, shmantsy, obnimantsy” (2006); “I Don’t Push on My life” (2007); “Prose of Life” (2008. expanded edition); “Versions Not Included In Collections” (2018).

Vakhtang Kikabidze is a recipient of the Order of Honor (Georgia, 1994), the Order of Vakhtang Gorgasali III degree (Georgia), the Order of Victory named after Saint George (2008, Georgia), the International Order of Nicholas the Wonderworker (Ukraine), the International Order of Constantine the Great (Russia).