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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

14 April 2015. Some of Favourite Things… Latest Uploads from Bayan Miks

00 Bayan Miks 04. 10.08.14

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Bayan Miks and the Buranovskie Babushki… slow starter… takes 40 seconds for the music to start…

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Monday, 24 November 2014

24 November 2014. Some of My Favourite Things… “New Year’s Ditties” from the Buranovskiye Babushki and Bayan Miks

00 Buranovskiye Babushki 27.05.12

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00 Pres Putin with Bayan Miks. 16.08.14

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Now, here’s a mixture! The Buranovskiye Babushki and Bayan Miks! Now, that’s good family fun! The  Babushki participated in the qualifying rounds of the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest (ranked third) and were second in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in Baku with the song Party for Everybody. S I Voitenko and Dmitri Khramkov (Bayan Miks) need no introduction. This came from a special Rossiya-1 broadcast on Orthodox Christmas in 2013… sadly, early this year, Yelizaveta Zarbatova, one of the Babas, died in the 87th year of her life (she’s the shortest one of the lot in the vid). Light a candle for her at liturgy… her death anniversary is 13 January, so, if you want to have Pannikhida served, that’s the proper date.

After posting about the konvertsy, I wanted to post on something wholesome, healthy, and life-affirming… this is the ticket!

BMD

Sunday, 2 February 2014

One of the Members of the Buranovskiye Babushki Died in Her Native Village… The Babas Plan to Perform at the Sochi Olympics

00a Buranovskiye Babushki 27.05.12

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Love them Babas! Pass the jug, if you please…

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According to Rossiskaya Gazeta, Yelizaveta Zarbatova, one of the singers in the Buranovskiye Babushki ensemble, died in the 87th year of her life. Zarbatova died in her native village on 13 January, but the news didn’t get out until now because she no longer performed with the group due to her advanced age. Svetlana Syrygina, the spokesman for the Babushki, said, “She was the most aged of the grannies; she wrote many songs, including Puchoko, which was one of the songs the ensemble selected to sing at the Eurovision Song Contest”.

Facts about the Buranovskiye Babushki

The Buranovskiye Babushki ensemble is a Russian folk group from the village of Buranovo in Malopurginsky Raion of the Udmurt Republic, performing Udmurt and Russian folk songs, as well as a variety of pop hits in Udmurt, rehashing well-known Russian and foreign pop songs. The ensemble started over 40 years ago. The group began to sing songs in Udmurt with other musical ensembles in 2008. On the Day of the Udmurt Language, the Babushki sang popular songs of Boris Grebenshchikov and Viktor Tsoi in the Udmurt backed by the Udmurt Philharmonic. Since then, they’ve repeatedly been in the spotlight in the media and on TV. They participated in the qualifying rounds of the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest (ranked third) and were second in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in Baku with the song Party for Everybody.

21 January 2014

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The Buranovskiye Babushki decided to support the Sochi Olympics through their creative efforts. In a social network post, the Grannies wrote, “Hi to all our friends! Greetings on the upcoming holidays! We’re off to Sochi on 6 February!” The organisers are keeping their programme under wraps, but everyone knows that the consort from Udmurtia is seriously training for the show. Their official website has a song dedicated to the Olympics. Earlier, AIF wrote that the Grannies have a new version of Party for Everybody just for the Sochi Olympics.

27 December 2013

Argumenty i Fakty

http://www.aif.ru/rm/rmnews/1087694

http://www.kuban.aif.ru/culture/1075152

 

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Thursday, 5 December 2013

5 December 2013. A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words… It’s That Time of Year Again… HAPPY HOLIDAYS

00 New Year's Tree. Gorky Park. Moscow RUSSIA. 05.12.13

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Every year, the holiday season rolls around, and, every year, all the long-faced and tight-arsed naysayers come out to bedevil ordinary folks. This is the New Year‘s Tree at the entrance to Gorky Park in Moscow. It’s NOT a Christmas tree… it never has been, probably, never will be. Why? The Gorky Park tree is for EVERYBODY… NOT just Christians! As the Buranovskie Babushki sang, Party for Everyody! I’m pretty kosher (in a non-Jewish sense) with “Happy Holidays“… that’s what you wish your non-Christian friends (and do so sincerely, kids, from the bottom of your hearts). “Merry Christmas” is fine, too, as most non-Christians are hip to the time of year, and most of ’em have year-end holidays, too. However, we should NEVER emulate the nasty Born Agains, with their one-way “respect”. That is, every else has to kowtow to them and suck up to their oddbod notions (don’t forget to tell them how great, moral, and wise they are whilst you’re at it), whilst they get to dump on us and everybody else (we don’t count, dontcha know, we’re not “saved”). Kiss my ass… I’m going to show respect to my fellows and what they believe in, and if that upsets the terminally “religious”, so be it.

It’s a happy time of year for all of us… PARTY FOR EVERYBODY!

BMD

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