Armenia’s Inga & Anush Arshakyans, the sister act that placed tenth at Eurovision in 2009, have said that they wrote their sexy folk tune Jan Jan “in the genre of folk” and that they added “elements of contemporary music trends” to it. Translation? “We wrote it ourselves.” Azeri activists don’t buy it: they believe the song was blatantly stolen from Azeri folk artist Tofiq Quliyev.

In the video below you’ll hear Quliyev’s original tune played on an accordion, followed by selections from the sisters’ Jan Jan. The songs sound strikingly similar. Wiwi understands that artists use each other for inspiration all the time. . .but perhaps the sisters should have said thank you and acknowledged Quliyev’s original contribution. What do you guys think? Is this an example of musicians building on other musicians’ work, or have Inga & Inush gone too far?

Quliyev vs. Inga & Inush

Inga & Anush at Eurovision

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the truth
the truth
10 years ago

Hey people..how can Armenia steal music from Azerbaijan? Why? For what reasons? Do u know anything about Armenian culture, Armenian musical heritage which comes from centuries ago? Armenia has a history of about 3000years. Why have i written this because nation which has such a long history cannot just plagiarize anything from a country which has neither its own culture, nor its own tradition. Azeri culture if it can be called culture is all based on Turkish. And you cannot argue on this guys!!!

Gabriella
Gabriella
10 years ago

I believe they did, just like Emmy with ayo , it sounds like cherul cole’s fight for this love!

TrueAnonymousAzeri
TrueAnonymousAzeri
12 years ago

If you want to be a loser again just write it here. I’m ready whenever you’re ready.

TrueAnonymousAzeri
TrueAnonymousAzeri
12 years ago

Fuck those people which conceals trues. COMPLETELY SAME MELODY CANNOT BE COMPOSED TWO TIMES. Then proof it. But you cannot proof. This video shows everything.Fuck those armenians who think that armenia did not steal from azerbaijan

Anonymous
Anonymous
12 years ago

Armenia did not stole any thing from you! we do not need your fucking things we have ours and we show it everyone! Fuck those azeries who think that the music is stolen!!Shut up LOSERS!

TrueAnonymousAzeri
TrueAnonymousAzeri
12 years ago

Watch this video!!! Fuck Armenians. This video shows everything. You see? COMPLETELY same melody. LOSER. SHUT UP. If you’re right say me why Armenia stole from Azerbaijan

Anonymous
Anonymous
12 years ago

Fuck Azeries!! You do not have any fact only lies and foolish word!!! Losers!!!! Shut up and stop this hatred machin toward Armenians. Read Armenian history and then comment here!!!
You can not prove any of your word!!! If you think that Armenia is occupier then why you want to start war for the land which is not yours! Are not you afraid that the “occupiers” will occupy whole Azerbaijan!! Think before write!
Dima Think before you write! What you “see in your eyes” is just you imagination you can not prove anything!! You envented all!!!!So shut up loser!

Dima
Dima
12 years ago

F*** for you and armenians first. Do not talk about unproven facts. History showed that there is no thing like armenians genocide and armenians are occupier. Why you still barking here SHUT UP. I really know azeris and armenians and saw it with my own eyes. ARMENIA IS OCCUPIER

Erik
Erik
12 years ago

dima say not true… there aren’t azeris in ARMENIA. GHARABAGH IS OUR OWN LAND.DO YOU UNDERSTAND?ARMENIA IS OLD COUNTRY THAN azerbaijan.

Erik
Erik
12 years ago

F… for azerbeijans … i watch video and its armenian

Dima
Dima
12 years ago

I’m from Russia and 31 years old. I saw all what armenians did in Khojaly with my own eyes. Azeris are right armenias are really occupiers and people of azerbaijan were weaponless there. Now I’m living in Russia but i know what armenia is doing their history is really containing false things. They killed people with the most painful and agonizing ways. I’ve lost some azeri friends there. I recommend to armenians that forget about Kharabakh you have never owned this land. Try to own what belongs to you. All lies of armenia soon will be revealed. Good luck to… Read more »

TrueAnonymousAzeri
TrueAnonymousAzeri
12 years ago

OK let me proof. Armenia is hiding behind Russia becaue they have no honor, hiding is honor for armenians. You have no power with the help of Russia f***ing armenia occupied 20% of our lands. It is historically proven that Kharabakh has never controlled by armenia. I proved that you are loser. Do not write in your next comments about Kharabakh you are loser in this argument. We have heroes that showed to all world community that what armenians did in Kharabakh. It is alse proven that our people were weaponless. One more fact. Armenians canot fight in an open… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous
12 years ago

You say Armenians Are occupiers. If we are then why our land is smaller then your ? You can not aswer because you are loser! If we were occupiers will occupy whole azerbaijan! So you can not prove that we are occupiers. You are occupiers you occupy ancient Armenian territory! Shut up! We will f??? YOU ALL AZERIES! Think before you start war. what if the “OCUPIERS” (as you think ) will occupy whole Azerbaijan!! Shut up Azeries be man and accept the truth! CAn weaponless man shot at others. NO then you are loser! You were not weaponless!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!This is… Read more »

TrueAnonymousAzeri
TrueAnonymousAzeri
12 years ago

Armenians have no honor they only attacked to weaponless people. I spit to your face because you call it victory. Now we are stronger than you and we will f*** you. It is already proven thay you are occupier.

Anonymous
Anonymous
12 years ago

All Azeries say you are loser but they can not prove that we are losers! You are loser you were losers in the war! And if you dare to start a new one you will become loser again! Shut up and stop inventing lies!

TrueAnonymousAzeri
TrueAnonymousAzeri
12 years ago

Shut up!!! 1st you became loser and showed your dishonestness. You have never oned Kharabakh that’s way you attacked from behind, you have no manliness

Anonymous
Anonymous
12 years ago

@TrueAnonymousAzeri
Armenia is negotiating not saying we are going to fight for KHarabakh as your president do any time when they meet for negotiation! You can not negotiate because you will lose Kharabakh you only can hope that the war can can help you but not! once you became loser second time you will become loser. because you are losers.
By the way Armenia is seggesting that karabaakh must take part in negotiaitons we are trying to solve thier problem!
If you can not negotiate then shut up!

TrueAnonymousAzeri
TrueAnonymousAzeri
12 years ago

Shut up!!! F???ing armenians. It is historically proven that there is no thing laike armenians genocide. DDo not talk about unbeen things. If Kharabakh does not belongs to us Armenia shoul get it by negotiating. Why they did not do it? Because they have no honor. F???ing armenians.

Anonymous
Anonymous
12 years ago

Keep your stupid videos for you! you can not prove anything We did not do genocide in US Or france or to you because we know whatis genoside we are not at your level Shut up f???ing Azeries you can not prove lies! Stop lying and try to say the truth Gharabakh is not yours And even Azerbaijan is not yours poor ramblers!!!! F???ing Azeries shut up and admit the truth.

TrueAzeriAnonymous
TrueAzeriAnonymous
12 years ago

You can bark “Kharabakh belongs to armenians” how many you want. This is historically unproven. Because this is false. You have no culture to steal. Nakhcivani composed before than Jan Jan. You stole from us and shut up.

AZEKARABAKH
AZEKARABAKH
12 years ago

everybody can watch khojaly genocide’s video.
please, european citizens write ”khojally genocide” in youtube.
then you will watch the truth.armenian terrorists did it against to us in 1992.
they killed little children, gaffers.GarabaGh has always been ours and it will be.
we will return our land.at first with peace way.then…please europeans watch khojaly genocide’s videos.
truths are there.Pity that Europe does not hear our voice and it does not know the secret truths

AZEKARABAKH
AZEKARABAKH
12 years ago

all countries know that garabagh belongs us.and russia know it too. Garabagh have never been armenians and it will not be.Justice will be established one day.and you will go out from Garabakh. it will be soon.we are stronger than you.and we are develop every minute.but you…lol… you are a little kin.but we are 50 millions in the world.we are very modern country. Armenians want to introduce our country to the Europe as bad country. You will not be able to do this.Everything is in front of eyes.look at armenia at first.you are terrorists. you did genocide to us in 31.03.1918… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous
12 years ago

F???ing TrueAzeriAnonymous The music is not composed twice! Armenian Music in ESC 2009 Was the mix of Armenian national folk music and jazz! You stole from Armenia their culteure and music! That F???ing man is stupid and stole Armenians folk music that is the reason why the music are similar! Azeries are losers!! Both Karabakh and Nixijevan are Armenian territories. Azeries were ramblers! They did not have a territory in ancient time only with the help of Turk they stole Armenian territories and made their own! This is written in The memories of Alexander the great who said that he… Read more »

TrueAzeriAnonymous
TrueAzeriAnonymous
12 years ago

Armenia’s song belongs to Azerbaijan watch to video before writing here stupid comments. Have you ever seen in your life tha completely same melody composed two times? NO

Erik
Erik
12 years ago

HEY WE WHAT WE THINK ITS IS NATIONAL ARMENIAN SONG WHAT WE WHANT???? ITS BECOME THAT ARMENIAN SONG GOOD THEN azerbeijans SONG ES DZER [email protected] …………………………………………………………………………………….

TrueAzeriAnonymous
TrueAzeriAnonymous
12 years ago

“””””This is just False! This is just the imagination of Azeries! Both music can be similar because of we both are Caucasians! But This musics are not the same and our song is not stolen!!!””””” THIS comment belongs to Zalinyan. He thinks that he is clever. But he is “clever”. If you have a bit of manliness say me. Did someone see something like that? Completely same melody cannot be composed two times. For example UK and Ireland are neighbours but why their music is not “similar” like that? Why all of these happens among Armenia and another country. Let… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous
12 years ago

This is just False! This is just the imagination of Azeries!
Both music can be similar because of we both are Caucasians! But This musics are not the same and our song is not stolen!!!

Anonymous
Anonymous
12 years ago

If you say these words in real life, azeris should support armenia. You write these comments to show yourself tolerant. Hey say me what azeris cannot recognize.
1) Azeris proved that armenians is ocupiers
2) Azeris proved that armenians changes monuments in Kharabakh and falsify them as if they belongs to armenia
3) Azerjs proved that there is no thing like armenian genocide.
4) Your words returns to yourself : Really shame on you, LOSER.

Zalinyan
Zalinyan
12 years ago

Dear Friend Azeries stole my name and write comment from my name. The previous comment is not mine. They stole it from Eurovision website or from Facebook.com website. I completely agree with Robert That there is similarities between our and Azeries music. We both live in Caucasus. Azerie (Not all I know many good azeries who are ready to be briends with Armenians without any circumstances ) are too nationalist. They can not recognize the truth. Really Shame on you!

Robert
Robert
12 years ago

Hey dear Azeries wants to spoil Armenian culture. Azeris ,Armenian and Georgians are Caucasians. Their culture has similarities. It means that their music has similarities. I do not believe that Armenians stole the music. If the music is stolen then why Eurovision committee did not withdrew the song?
Azeries do not be forced to Politics Be realists. One one day think before you write something.

David
David
12 years ago

It is obviously stealing

Adil
Adil
12 years ago

Because their song belings to Azerbaijan

Aslan
Aslan
12 years ago

Yes, Guys you’re right. Armenians have no talent and culture. They like steal. They’re not only thieves, they’re occupiers and liars too…

John
John
12 years ago

I know almost nothing about Armenia and Azerbaijan. But after watching this video. I think that armenians are really thieves. Armenia’s ESC song is completely familiar to Tofik Guliyev’s song.

Zalinyan
Zalinyan
12 years ago

Oh noo… I cannot believe armenians are thieves. What a shame. I was ashamed during watching this video instead of all armenians. Till this time I think azeris are thieves but they’re not. ARMENIANS ARE THIEVES UNFORTUNATELY

A
A
12 years ago

Everything is obvious. After watching video. Armenians stole the song from Azerbaijan. Armenia’s culture is very narrow-minded thats why did not perform their own song. Armenia’s culture is completely stolen.