Alanas Chošnau

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Alanas Chošnau
Birth name Alanas Ibrahimas Chošnau
Born (1974-07-11) July 11, 1974 (age 44)
Vilnius, Lithuania
Origin Lithuanian
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1992–present
Labels Monaco Production, Melodija
Associated acts Naktinės personos
Website http://www.alanaschosnau.com/

Alanas Ibrahimas Chošnau (born July 11, 1974) is a Lithuanian singer and songwriter of Lithuanian and Iraqi Kurdish origin. [1] In 1992 – 2001 he was the frontman of the band Naktinės Personos. He owns the 'Best Performer of the Year' , 'Best Song', 'Best Video', 'Golden Disc' awards. [2] [3] Alanas is continuously named as one of the most played solo artists of Lithuania.

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Biography

Alanas Chošnau was born to a Lithuanian mother and Iraqi Kurdish father [1] in Vilnius, Lithuania. The family—Alanas with his parents and sister Greta—lived in Baghdad, Iraq until Chošnau's mother died in 1983. [4] The 8 year old Alanas returned to Lithuania and was raised by his grandparents. However, his then teenaged sister was left in Baghdad with their father. [4] Thus Alanas grew up speaking the Arabic language and only later learned the Lithuanian language. [5] Tragic family split was not enough for the destiny. The long lasting Iraq–Iran war separated Alanas from his father and sister for a long time...

Vilnius City in Lithuania

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Despite all of the difficult times and severe emotions, Alanas established the pop music group Naktinės Personos along with Aras Vėberis in 1992. Alanas performed as the frontman singer of Naktinės Personos over 10 years until the group split in 2001. Naktinės Personos released 10 albums and 2 singles with multiple awards the 'Band of the Year' and 'Album of the Year'. It was a trully successful band. In 1997, while on a band tour across Lithuania, Chošnau crashed his car and severely injured his neck paralyzing the legs. [6] Fortunately after a long treatment in a hospital and rehabilitation center he fully recovered and returned to the music. Since 2001 Alanas Chošnau continues his career as a solo artist. He has released 8 albums and few singles for now.

In 2003, he released his debut solo album Pusiau atmerktos akys, which was sold in a more than 10,000 copies in 3 months and was certified 'Golden', [7] followed by Mintimis su tavimi, which was also certified 'Golden'. [8] The same year Chošnau was nominated for the Bravo Award as the Male Singer of the Year. [9] With his song Light Up The World, he came second in the national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2005. [10] Along with Delfinai and SKAMP, Chošnau warmed up The Black Eyed Peas concert in Vingis Park sponsored by mobile operator Tele2 on May 30, 2005. [11] [12] In the Eurovision selection for 2007 and 2008, he was a member of the jury. [13] [14]

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SKAMP band

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In 2002 Alanas participated in reality show Akvariumas-2, where celebrity contestants lived in a glass house built near the popular shopping mall Akropolis in Vilnius. [15] Other reality shows included Džiunglės on TV3 (survival competition in Malaysian jungles) [16] in 2004, Šok su žvaigžde! (Lithuanian installment of Dancing with the Stars ) in 2007, [17] and Žvaigždžių duetai on LNK (singing competition of celebrity duos) in 2008. [18] His song Kur gimsta lašai, released in the third solo album, became the theme song of Džiunglės. [19] In 2008, Chošnau played the artist (as himself) in a Lithuanian movie 5 dienų avantiūra ('Five Days Affair'). [20]

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Currently, with respect to the fact that Naktinės Personos split without the farewell concerts, Alanas and Aras decided to recover the band with a grand touring project 'After 20 Years' in 2014. The tour was greatly popular, therefore Naktinės Personos continues touring across Lithuania in 2014–2015. [21]

In 2010 Alanas met his future wife Valda Rukstelyte (now Valda Chosnau) in Vilnius and married her in 2011. They have two kids: son Augustas Alanas Chosnau (born 2012 Feb) and daughter Izabele Atene Chosnau (born 2013 Nov).

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