Eurovision 2012 – Russia’s entry

Jender has recommended to us the wonders of the contest, Eurovision.  Nations are now in the process of choosing their entries for 2012.  The one for Russia struck me as very surprising.  It may be one of the more subtle protests about Putin (think of his tailored suits), though it seems also a very enthusiastic celebration of women’s craft work on the part of a very modern audience.

Eurovision Song Contest 2012 Russia , Winners Russian National FINAL

The band Buranovskiye Babushki consists of eight grandmothers. They are originally from the Udmurt Republic, from the village of Buranovo. The band performs most of their entries in their Udmurt language, and tonight they sang Party For Everybody. The lyrics of this song were written by the grannies themselves.
They scored the highest number of points and won the Russian national final.
Russia will take part in the First Semi-Final of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest on Tuesday 22nd May in Baku.

8 thoughts on “Eurovision 2012 – Russia’s entry

  1. (I have to say first that I hate the Eurovision style, especially making all the songs have lots of English in them.) But, this group has been around for a while, and represented Russia (or at least took part) in Eurovision in 2010 and 11, and was very similar, so I doubt it’s meant to be a protest against Putin in any particular way. (Nothing in the song seems so to me, either.) Even this style of doing stuff has been around for a while- it was used by the (really great) Moldovan band Zdob si Zdub in their Eurovision entry (which was good, but much worse than most of their stuff, for the reasons I note above) 3 or 4 years ago, and was mostly pioneered by the wonderful Russian band Ivan Kupala, from the mid 90’s (and later.) See here:

    for a good example. So, it’s good stuff, though this is far from the best example (even of this group), and no obvious protest against Putin, I think. (For what it’s worth, old people in Russia tend to support Putin, if they don’t support the truly worthless and toothless communists.)

  2. It is possible that my comments about anti-Putinism were tongue in cheek. I’m not sure intentions have the determinacy we often think they do. Regardless, I think you are right about the reasons why it wasn’t.

  3. Another thing about this anti-Putinism thing is simply that Russia is a very large country. It has a lot of issues of all sorts. It has a lot of cultures, mostly unknown not only abroad, but even in the bigger urban centers of the country itself.

    In a sense, the anti-Putin part of the comment saddens me because it so much underscores the extent to which people identify the country with its government, whereas the country, and its people, is so much more than that. It is as if somebody tried to equate the US society with the folks in Congress, or, say, the English society with who Cameron is. It’s kind of obvious that such equating would be very wrong, isn’t it? But when we think about far countries, the subtle disease of implicit colonialism makes it very easy for us to assume that the only kind of thing which the people in country X can care about is who is in charge of their central government.

  4. IY, I do apologize! I think I meant it just to be a silly aside, but I could have thought more that that could be difficult for some.

  5. Oh no, there’s absolutely no need to apologize! I meant purely reflective sadness, aimed at what I myself do quite often, and, I suspect, most of us do. If anything, I should _thank_ you for bringing my attention to it!

  6. IY, I was reminded of the many times I’ve seen the US reduced to the sins of its leaders. Many years ago, it could make me very sad. I feel differently now, after so many systematic failures on so many levels. In contrast, Russia’s peoples seem still to not have had much of a chance.

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