Sofiya Mykhaylivna Yevdokymenko-Rotaru, known as Sofia Rotaru, is a former Soviet and Ukrainian pop singer.
Rotaru, nicknamed "Bukovinsky Solovey", emerged in 1966 as a pop folk star in the movie Solovey iz sela Marshintsy in the Romanian and Ukrainian-speaking world after her manager and future husband Anatoliy Yevdokymenko made her change her music style from folk to pop music with Chervona Ruta.
In 1972, she released the multilingual album Sofia Rotaru, re-released three times and covered by numerous singers, establishing herself as a viable pop artist in the countries of the former Soviet Union. She first gained international recognition after participating in 1968 in the International Youth Song Festival in Bulgaria and winning first prize at the Golden Orpheus in 1973 and second prize in the category of Polish songs at the Sopot International Song Festival in 1974. In the former USSR her career was marked by her stage success and numerous controversies. She has been acknowledged by the Kiev Patriarchate.
Rotaru has been performing for more than 40 years. and topped the Moscow airplay with "Ya nazovu planetu imenem tvoim" in 2008.
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