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