Buranovskiye Babushki Eurovision 2012
A unique team Buranovskiye Babushki (“Buranovo Grannies”) is a Russian ethno-pop band containing eight elderly women. Buranovskiye Babushki represented Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The final competition will be held on May 26 The band consists of eight grandmothers, but only six are allowed to appear on the Eurovision stage. They are originally from the the village of Buranovo, Udmurtia, in the Ural Mountains region of Russia. The band performs most of their songs in the Udmurt language. The group say that in 2012 they will use any cash raised to build a church in Buranovo.
A group of ladies ranging in age from 42 to 86 who sing traditional songs and pop classics in their own language have been voted by popular demand to represent Russia in the forthcoming Eurovision song contest. Picture taken March 15. Sergei Karpukhin.
Update June 2015:
The other day in the Udmurt village Buranovo rang the bells – the first liturgy in the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity was held. The church was built at the expense of the well-known singers of the creative team “Buranovskie grandmothers”. The “grandmothers” at the opening of the temple said that at one time it was the idea of building the church. It has pushed them to go to the big stage. In 2011, the creative team represented Russia at the international contest “Eurovision”, held in Baku, and took second place.
Buranovskiye Babushki Eurovision 2012 final