They’re the Eurovision 2012 runners-up who truly delivered a “Party For Everybody” in Baku. And nine years later, Buranovskiye Babushki continue to spread their message of kindness. Along with the release of their brand new single “Ӧсэз вӧлак усьтӥськод” (Open the door wide), the group have released a statement in support of Russian Eurovision 2021 star Manizha.
The Udmurt-language track “Ӧсэз вӧлак усьтӥськод” marks Buranovskiye Babushki’s first major release since the passing of band member Natalya Pugacheva in 2019. The group’s new song is a dark electro-pop track with familiar folk elements that the grandmothers brought to the Eurovision stage in Baku.
Buranovskiye Babushki – “Ӧсэз вӧлак усьтӥськод”
Buranovskiye Babushki declare support for Manizha
The grandmothers from Buranovo preach a message of kindness, encouraging Russia to support Manizha in her Eurovision 2021 efforts. In the music video’s description they note:
“Buranovskiye Babushki are always for originality, ethnic spirit, uniqueness and songwriting. That is why the support of Manizha is very important now. The past year has shown how we can all be far apart. And only solidarity, support and friendship will return our planet back to normal. Babushki are missing the time when the whole world learnt about the small village of Buranovo through Eurovision, and they root for the Russian entry every year.”
Buranovskiye Babushka join the list former Eurovision artists who have declared their support for Manizha, which already includes Russian stars Dima Bilan, Yulia Savicheva and Dina Garipova.
Their statement comes after the “Russian Woman” singer received backlash from nationalists who opposed her Eurovision participation. Born in Tajikistan but raised in Moscow, Manizha received a flurry of hate comments regarding her ethnicity. “You can not like my voice, you can not like my song. But if you don’t like me because I was born in Tajikistan, that was hard”, Manizha told the BBC’s Steve Rosenberg.
But the superstar isn’t letting the comments phase her. Earlier in March, Manizha released a comedic video responding to the hateful backlash. Parodying investigative journalism, she mocks the idea that she somehow “bought” her national final victory. She also jests that she paid off Little Big to give up their Eurovision participation.
In the face of adversity, Buranovskiye Babushki and Manizha continue to be shining beacons of positivity.
Are you glad that the Buranovskiye Babushki have come out in support for Manizha? Do you like “Ӧсэз вӧлак усьтӥськод” (Open the door wide)? Let us know in the comments below.