NaviBand Shares Historyja Majho Zyccia for Belarus

February 2, 2017 0

In case you don’t speak Belarusian, that’s “Story of My Life.” Belarus hasn’t had much success with final placements in the last few contests, but they do seem to have taken the baton from Moldova in terms of the delightfully weird. This year’s entry, “Historyja majho zyccia” (Story of My Life) by NaviBand, was selected by a combination of jury and public vote, and seems like a natural successor to 2014’s twerpy hamster date and 2016’s naked wolfman. This song reminds me of what Three Minutes to Earth (Georgia 2014) might have achieved if it hadn’t been such a musical hot mess: upbeat, high-energy without being manic, and unfailingly positive. I caught myself grinning like a fool the first time I listened to this entry, which is really something considering I’d just been trudging through the muck that is USian news these days. Both performers have great voices (just one or two minor pitch issues), and they do an amazing job of selling the emotion. I’m having a hard time finding fault, honestly. I have only two requests for NaviBand and their team. First: please, for the love of god, do not translate the lyrics for the main contest. The […] [Read more…]

Georgia Trusts Tako to “Keep the Faith”

February 1, 2017 0

They also trust her to poke the bear. Back in 2009, Georgia sent Stephane & 3G to the contest (hosted in Moscow) with “We Don’t Wanna Put In” … or attempted to, anyway. The anti-Russian sentiment was exactly as subtle as the title suggests, Georgian organizers refused to change the lyrics, and the entry was disqualified. This year, through a combination of international jury and public voting, the former Soviet republic has selected Tako Gachechiladze — a member of the ‘3G’ from that ill-fated 2009 entry — and her song, “Keep the Faith.” While there’s nothing in the lyrics that explicitly calls out Russia, take a look at the national final performance and pay attention to the screen during the second verse. (I can’t decide whether the camera cutting quickly away from the “Russia Invades Georgia” headline was an “oh-crap” production moment, or a coincidence.) Not a coincidence: I reacted to this song with glee, much like with last year’s winner, and may have even yelled “GET ‘EM” at my laptop. That was as much for the political content as it was for Gachechiladze’s voice, which is strong and clear, and her backing vocalists, who contribute enough punch for the […] [Read more…]

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