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She once met Whitney Houston apparently? Armenia’s 2017 Eurovision Entry.

March 26, 2017

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Artsvik has wonderful braided hair in her performance video.  In some of the establishing shots, her hair is looped into something that resembles a Barbara Hepworth sculpture.  Or at the very least an early 90s  Björk poster.  Look.

http://www.eurovision.tv/page/timeline/2017-participants

Wanna tell a story,
About a girl with history.
Take it from my heart it’s gonna be your beat,
Take it from my soul it’s gonna be your heat.

Many colors and shades,
So many voices to embrace,
All around.

Many stories and tales,
She took it all into her space,
Hear the sound.

Heee

Over deeps over hills,
She casts her wings and now it feels,
Love is one.

Flying high she became,
A sun who’s love and light’s the same,
For everyone.

Fly with me high oh high, with me high oh high,
Never stop believing that love will take us high.
Fly with me high oh high, with me high oh high,
Never gonna stop believing that love’s for you and I.

Love, love is one

Fly with me high oh high, with me high oh high,
Never stop believing that love will take us high.
Fly with me high oh high, with me high oh high,
Never gonna stop believing that love’s for you and I.

 

She has spent much of her life in Russia (where a 1992 meeting with Whitney Houston apparently changed her life and gave her a reason to live), and Artsvik may be a key player in whatever happens as a result of Russia’s possible exclusion from the context.

Armenia meanwhile, is one of those critical liminal countries that test Europe conceptually.   Europe, after all,  is but the western extremity of a the Eurasian landmass with no inherent integrity to it at all.  Armenia is further east than many nations that are automatically deemed Asian.  But if and when Russia (or the most populated part of Russia) is European, then Armenia is European too.

Armenia has another claim of course, which Armenians will happily share with you, which is that it was the first Christian kingdom in the world – a claim that is disputed by that equally unEuropean nation – Ethiopia.  The extension of  “Europe” to include states geographically in Asia can be read negatively – as the imposition of an imperialist expansionist Westernism upon territory over which it should claim no jurisdiction, or it can serve as a reminder of “Europe’s” Asian roots and African roots – that there is little of any cultural value that might be promoted as characteristically “European” that does not derive from Egypt and the Middle East.

Black Athena by Martin Bernal.

This song is unmemorable, a techno production layered over a melody that hints at something indigenous, something which folks in Berlin and Paris might lazily assume could be casually sung around a campfire just outside an Armenian village.

No folk song could contain those words though.  No translation of these English words back into Armenian could produce an Armenian folk song.   These words don’t mean anything at all – except for “I want to win Eurovision and I want it bad”.

In the meantime here are my thoughts on the Australian entry:

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2017/03/22/oldyoung-isaiah-firebrace-australias-2017-eurovision-entry/

And here’s Albania…

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2017/03/15/albanias-2017-eurovision-entry-the-centerpiece-of-a-dystopian-german-expressionist-musical-called-fritzlanglangland/

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