Karakat Bashanova with _Forever_ - Kazakhstan at Junior Eurovision 2020

After placing sixth and second on their first two attempts, Kazakhstan is looking for its first win at Junior Eurovision 2020. Karakat Bashanova will represent the country with “Forever”.

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Kazakhstan in Junior Eurovision 2020: Karakat Bashanova “Forever”

Karakat (Qaraqat) Bashanova is a 12-year-old singer from Talgar, Kazakhstan. Bashanova won the Kazakh selection for JESC 2020 on 26 September with her song “Forever”.

Despite being the 12th and last qualifier from the semi-final, she went on to beat the other eleven finalists in the grand final. Finishing third with the public vote, a comfortable first place with the juries was enough to guarantee her the win.

Reacting to her victory, Karakat told wiwibloggs: “All the participants were very talented and they had great songs. For me it was important to be heard, not to win”.

Karakat has a rich background in music. The Kulyash Baiseitova School of Music student reached the final of The Voice Kids two years ago, and plays the piano and the violin.

 

What do the “Forever” lyrics mean?

“Forever” is a song written from a seven-year-old child’s point of view, about a father who went to war and never came back. It’s dedicated to Karakat’s late father, who passed away a few years away.

Speaking to the Junior Eurovision website, Karakat reveals that her favourite line from the poignant ballad is: “Father, you are the one I trust, you have been my supporter, father, […] you are in my heart”. She says: “The author wrote the exact same things that I wanted to say to my father. Also, it says “I remember those days” and I do remember everything, I will always keep the memory of my father”.

In a wiwibloggs interview, Karakat elaborated on the song’s message: “The first time, it was really hard to perform this song. This is a really emotional song. It means a lot to me. But at that moment I thought: ‘What if my father could hear me?’ and how proud of me he would be”.

The Kazakh singer said: “It’s really important to move on. Even though they are not with us, they are watching us, looking after us, and they are helping us and supporting us”.

The stunning music video presents pictures of fathers dying untimely deaths at war and children waiting for them to come back, reflecting the meaning of the song. It was directed by esteemed writer and director Malik Zenger, who led the project production team.

”Forever” lyrics – Karakat Bashanova (Kazakhstan JESC 2020)

Written and composed by: Abulkhair Adam, Ardak Yeleusiz and Khamit Shangaliyev

Khamir Shangaliyev previously composed Kazakhstan’s JESC 2019 entry, “Armanyńnan Qalma” by Yerzhan Maxim, which came second in the final and first in the jury vote.

Kazakh Text

English Translation

Remember days
I hoped you stay
I never really want to go away
Your way
From your way
Another day, I didn’t stay
I think I did it ’cause my heart can’t say
I love
With love

Äke senerim, sen eding sen eding tilektesim
Äke kemelim, süī̆emin sen mendik zhürektesing

Hide away, I keep it on forever
And fly away, my pain will stay forever
I lie when I say your hand is forever
Remember times for what
I will remember your hand each day that I see

Äke senerim, sen eding sen eding tilektesim
Äke kemelim, süī̆emin sen mendik zhürektesing

Qalyqtatqan boī̆daghy än qusyn
Zhan äke saghan taūsylmas alghysym
Men ünsiz älsiz sensiz mungaī̆yp kelem
Zharyq kün eng, kün eng
Zhanymdasyng bilem, sezem, süī̆em, äkem

Remember days
I hoped you stay
I never really want to go away
Your way
From your way
Another day, I didn’t stay
I think I did it ’cause my heart can’t say
I love
With love

Father, you are the one I trust, you have been my supporter
Father, my wisdom, loving and you are in my heart

Hide away, I keep it on forever
And fly away, my pain will stay forever
I lie when I say your hand is forever
Remember times for what
I will remember your hand each day that I see

Father, you are the one I trust, you have been my supporter
Father, my wisdom, loving and you are in my heart

Your singing bird is flying above
My gratitude to you is endless, Fathеr
Silently, exhausted, I am keeping my way without you
You wеre my shining sun, shining sun
But, Father, I know, I feel you are by my side, love you, Father

 

What do you think of “Forever”? Let us know in the comments below.

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Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
21 days ago

This beautiful song “Forever” is my big favorite this year and Karakat sings beautiful. I can feel her pain for the lost of het dad. I will vote for her and wish her all the best.

Lollipop ESC
Lollipop ESC
22 days ago

Kazakhstan is my ‘dark horse’ this year and I can’t predict how it will finish in the JESC this year ….maybe the juries will love and push it forward.

Leo
Leo
22 days ago

It’s unrelated but it seems hooverphonic has changed its lineup.
Luka is out and Geike is in!
So Luka won’t represent belgium?!

Esc lebanese fan
Esc lebanese fan
22 days ago
Reply to  Leo

Please tell me you’re kidding!

Edit: yes you’re right. I just saw the article. Shame on Alex Callier. He made Luka the scapegoat of their 2020 entry’s failure, eventhough she’s absolutely blameless.

Last edited 22 days ago by Esc lebanese fan
Ashton
Ashton
22 days ago

Alex is just a complete douchebag through and through.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
22 days ago

Poor Luka 🙁
I love geike arnaert’s voice. She’s phenomenal but Luka absolutely deserves to go to eurovision.
But who knows. Maybe Luka herself didn’t want to be in hooverphonic anymore.