Karakat Bashanova is 12 years old and comes from Ryskulov village of the Almaty region.
She started singing at 5 years old and enrolled in formal courses at the age of 9. Soon, she began to practice vocals from singers on YouTube. Now enrolled at the music school of the Russian National Academy of Music named after famed Khazak opera singer, Kulyash Baiseitova, she plays the piano and violin.
Not without accolades to her name, Karakat has participated in several singing contests in the region. She was a finalist in ‘The Voice of Children 2018’ and also took 3rd place at the II open children’s vocal festival ‘Happy Child 2019’.
The 12-year-old performer has dedicated her song “Forever” to her father. The song was written by Khamit Shangaliyev, the same composer who wrote Yerzhan Maxim’s song for Junior Eurovision Song Contest last year.