Wednesday, December 10, 2014

бабушка любит музыка

Elderly women are iconic in Russian culture. They are known for sitting on the roadside selling vegetables. However, 600 miles outside Moscow, the village of Buranovo hosts a group of women who are going against that stereotype.

Buranovskiye Babushki is a musical group of six women in their 70s and 80s. They travel across Russia singing The Beatles and Viktor Tsoi. The group also embodies the sad reality of Russian life. Many of the women are widowed because of harsh work conditions and alcoholism. They use music as a way to get through their suffering.

"After I lost my husband, I received some kind of gift — the ability to compose music,"Elizaveta Zarbatova, 84 said in a recent interview in her village. "The music comes from the heart. The suffering comes right from my heart."

"Life goes on; it's impossible to stop," Galina Koneva, 72 said. "That's what we sing."


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