Saturday, 5 May 2018

Happiness is achievable, grab it

Sanja Ilić and Balkanika
Nova Deca

And hello hello to Serbia, previous home of the seedy lego man, the man with big hair singing about his shoes, and best of all, the subversive romany lesbian that swept to victory in 2007 and caused the Belgrade mayor to have to retrain his entire police to be more "tolerant". Eastern Europe stealing our points? Same sex relationships? Gypsies? Daily Mail island almost relaunched the Balkan conflict overnight.

Mooooooollliiiiiiiitvaaaaa. What a tune! The English version is titled "Destiny", the Russian version is titled "Молитва" (Molitva), and the Finnish version is called "Rukoilen" and was performed by the Beauty Queens, not Marija. The song has also been released as a dance remix and a remix named "Jovan Radomir mix" by Swedish TV-presenter Jovan Radomir, who also wrote the English lyrics. An instrumental version has also been released as well as a karaoke version. But best of all the UK oompah band "Oompah Brass" recorded an instrumental version of "Molitva" on their album Oompocalypse Now (2008) which premiered at the 2007 Belgrade Beer Festival!

Sanja Ilić & Balkanika
This year after a majestically tedious 17 "song" national final RTS have selected Balkan supergroup Sanja Ilic & Balkanika. It starts with old bloke playing a flute (only he will of course be pretending because actual instruments are banned on stage). Fifteen seconds later all the fluting is over so he just stands there. A woman starts wailing. A bald man with terrible tattoos appears. The bald man and a blonde female hold hands. A brunette tries to shake off the old man. There's a bunch of ethnic instruments throughout that are supposed to give you an air of Belgrade, but only in the same way that a Wilkinson own brand air freshener is supposed to give you the "air" of an enchanted forest, but actually makes you think about those cubes in urinals.

It's terrible.