On Saturday evening TAYANNA and Salto Nazad slayed their way to the final of Ukraine’s Eurovision 2017 selection after winning over television viewers and the professional jury, which included Verka Serduchka’s alter ego Andriy Danylko, composer and producer Konstantin Meladze and Eurovision 2016 winner Jamala.
And while Eurovision fans are still discussing the results, they’re also raving about another moment of the night: NAVIBAND’s stellar cover of Jamala’s winning song “1944”.
Navi performed as a special interval guest along with Georgia’s Eurovision 2017 singer Tako Gachechiladze. And while both of the acts sang their ESC songs, Navi threw in a special bonus.
“We have a little surprise for Jamala because we want to say a massive ‘thank you’ for bringing Eurovision to Kyiv,” they said. “We have translated her winning song into the Belarusian language.”
NAVIBAND cover “1944” (starts at 7:17)
Afterwards Jamala, overcome with emotion, left her juror’s chair to hug the duo and say thank you.
“I think that words are superfluous since the reaction is simply on my face,” she said, tears flowing freely. “Thank you so much!”
The duo literally translated the song into their native tongue, but they managed to maintain the emotion and spirituality of it all. They proved that the song can work in a number of guises — including with guitar accompaniment.
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