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Kazakhstan marks its fifth appearance at Junior Eurovision in 2022. Singing for the nation in Yerevan is David Charlin, who is spreading a message of peace and sustainability with his song “Jer-Ana (Mother Earth)”.

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Kazakhstan in Junior Eurovision 2022: David Charlin with “Jer-Ana (Mother Earth)”

Kazakhstan chose their entrant for Junior Eurovision 2022 through the children’s music festival Baqytty Bala. The show saw 21 singers from eight countries perform a number of songs. The line up included Spain’s Junior Eurovision 2019 bronze medallist Melani García; though, the international contestants were not eligible for the selection to represent Kazakhstan at Junior Eurovision 2022.

After a number of strong performances, including a cover of Imagine Dragon’s “Natural” for the global hit category, it was David Charlin who was chosen to fly the Kazakh flag in Yerevan.

David comes from Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city. Following his selection, the 12-year-old singer-songwriter said he was honoured to have been picked and is excited to delve further into his passion for music: “There’s a lot of work to do but I’m glad because music is my life”.

In addition to music, David also enjoys flying drones. He uses these skills to help him shoot and edit aerial footage for his music videos.

What do the “Jer-Ana (Mother Earth)” lyrics mean?

“Jer-Ana (Mother Earth)” is a power ballad about protecting and cherishing the planet we call home.

David sings to Mother Earth and apologies for the way humanity has treated her. He also questions why people feel the need to bring about destruction to both other humans and the natural environment: “Mother Earth, you and me / ‘I’m sorry’ / We do not spare, do not love / Why?”.

The Kazakh singer notes how amazing the natural world is. David suggests we should all spread more love in order to secure a bright future for our planet: “Life’s beautiful with nature / Manage to cherish it with love / With an open heart”.

These lyrics are portrayed visually in the music video for “Jer-Ana (Mother Earth”). David initially creates a rich environment with plants and stars. However, the selfishness of humans begins to take over.

We see a man hunting a sabretooth tiger to extinction. The skeleton of a dead fish then appears, with plastic cutlery and metal cans entwined within its bones. War also comes to the forefront as two groups of people begin battling.

Thankfully, David is able to use his power to break all this hate into fragments. He then re-shapes them into a loving and caring world — a reminder that we all have the potential to help create a better future.

“Jer-Ana (Mother Earth)” lyrics – David Charlin (Kazakhstan JESC 2022)

Lyrics: Serzhan Bakhitzhan and Jordan Arakelyan; Music: Khamit Shangaliyev

Khamit Shangaliyev previously composed Kazakhstan’s songs for Junior Eurovision in 2019 and 2020. These are currently the country’s best-placing entries in the contest, both reaching second place.

Kazakh and English text

Like stars in the night sky
Sometimes we don’t know why
We can’t see the lights of the sun
But I know we have to try
See the good thing in our life
Feel the magic in our hearts

Our future got to be like
Fairytale with flashlights
We just have to make it right

Өмір әсем табиғатпен
Оны қадірле махаббатпен
Жүрекпен
Жер-ана сені де мені
Аялаған.
Біз аямаймыз сүймейміз
Неліктен?

Өмірде сынақ бар,
Өмірде сұрақ бар.
Ойламаймыз біз неге?

Ізгілікті қолда
Бірінші орында
Сүйе аламыз сонда.

Өмір әсем табиғатпен,
Оны қадірле махаббатпен.
Жүрекпен
Жер-ана сені де мені
Аялаған.
Біз аямаймыз сүймейміз
Неліктен?

Құшағыңды жай өмірге
Әр күні, әр сәтте
Жүрегің соқсын бірге

Өмір әсем табиғатпен
Оны қадірле махаббатпен.
Жүрекпен
Жер-ана сені де мені
Аялаған!
Біз аямаймыз, сүймейміз
Неліктен?

English translation

Like stars in the night sky
Sometimes we don’t know why
We can’t see the lights of the sun
But I know we have to try
See the good thing in our life
Feel the magic in our hearts

Our future got to be like
Fairytale with flashlights
We just have to make it right

Life’s beautiful with nature
Manage to cherish it with love
With an open heart.
Mother Earth, you and me
“I’m sorry.”
We do not spare, do not love,
Why?

There are so many trials in life,
There are many questions in life.
Why don’t we think them over?

In the hands of virtue
In the first place
We can love it for sure there.

Life’s beautiful with nature
Manage to cherish it with love
With an open heart.
Mother Earth, you and me
“I’m sorry.”
We do not spare, do not love,
Why?

Your embrace is just a life
Every day, every moment
Let your heart beat together

Life’s beautiful with nature
Manage to cherish it with love
With an open heart.
Mother Earth, you and me
“I’m sorry.”
We do not spare, do not love,
Why?

Do you like Kazakhstan’s Junior Eurovision 2022 entry? Does David Charlin have the potential of lifting the trophy with “Jer-Ana (Mother Earth)”? Let us know in the comments below.

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Turkishdelight
Turkishdelight
27 days ago

Wtf is Kazakhstan doing in European contest

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
26 days ago
Reply to  Turkishdelight

I ask that question everyday about Australia lol

Ria NL
Ria NL
27 days ago

I love this beautiful song very much, also the video is very beautiful, together with the song from Ireland , they are my favorites

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
28 days ago

My favourite song so far…it’s such a strong year though.
The Italian song came out and I can’t stop listening to that.

Jonas
Jonas
28 days ago

What is the carbon footprint of both contests? Any offsetting? I hope the partygoers heading to Liverpool or Yerevan at least travel by train or ferry. Please listen to what young David is telling you.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
27 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Might be interesting to find out if it is possible to get from U.K. to Yerevan entirely by train. Google Maps says no, but I reckon someone has already done it for a YouTube challenge. Hold up – Wiwibloggs should so take on this challenge!

Devito
26 days ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

That trip would neither be eco-friendly, nor convenient as it would take around 5 days to go by dozens of trains from Liverpool to Yerevan. Compared to travelling by plane for no longer than 12 hours (there are no direct flight from Liverpool to Yerevan), not only it would be a waste of your time (unless you think your time is irrelevant), but also a waste of resources as the need for a week-lasting trip would be less eco-friendly than taking two flights in 12 hours. I agree that we should move on to a more eco-friendly transportation but it… Read more »

Vivian
Vivian
28 days ago

While we’ve seen a lot of songs about environmentalism in 2019, this is an amazing power ballad, and I hope it does well. Kazakhstan has never missed the mark for me, even last year where several people were not fond of their song.

Jonas
Jonas
28 days ago

A nice message about climate change. I think adults are the ones who need to heat it more than children, though. I feel sorry for any poor souls expected to live another eighty years on this godforsaken planet.

Jonas
Jonas
28 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Hear

Jonas
Jonas
28 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

You’re welcome. I intend to live another fifty at least, maybe sixty, seventy at best. Still, humankind will probably be extinct long before then. Happy Junior Euroviison.

Jonas
Jonas
28 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

You get what you want when you want it. Your kind should come with a climate warning.

Jonas
Jonas
28 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

I’m sorry. I only give you twenty seconds before I lose it. I will try to do better in future.

Jonas
Jonas
28 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

I have stopped knowing what you’re talking about, but okay.

Kalla
Kalla
28 days ago

I was impressed by this song and the video, and wow the kid can sing! Never have followed JESC before now, but wow I’m very impressed with the quality of the songs and productions, puts many of the adult versions to shame, especially Georgia and Ireland.

Question thought, does the politics rule stuff not apply to JESC? Was reading Ukraines entries lyrics last night and wow there was definitely no subtly there over the message lol, not that I disagree with it all, would have just imagined all the drama if those lyrics were used in the adult version?

sam
sam
28 days ago

aside from last year kazakhstan has never failed to make my top 3. along with georgia it’s my winner so far this year

finnished
finnished
28 days ago

Kazakhstan always has amazing visuals

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
28 days ago

It’s perfect!

Why isn’t Kazakhstan in adult Eurovision already?

Charlie
Charlie
28 days ago

The broadcaster said adult Eurovision doesn’t interest people and because of the low viewing figures they didn’t even broadcast the 2022 contest.

sam
sam
28 days ago
Reply to  Charlie

that doesn’t change the fact they have been consistently begging to be a full ebu member which would allow them to debut. kazakhs probably didnt watch because after several years at competing JESC they dont want to watch a contest they aren’t a part of