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February 3, 2014

Singing 'grandmas' to perform at Sochi Olympics

A group of singing Russian babushki — or grandmothers — who perform Beatles hits and cultural songs will be one of the headline acts at the Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiad.

The band of eight women called Buranovskiye Babushki gained a worldwide following when they finished second in the 2012 Eurovision song contest in Baku, Azerbaijan. The women are aged 45 to 78, but most are in their 70s.

Although the group’s name means grannies, some are mothers, some are grandmothers and some are great-grandmothers.

Dressed in traditional red outfits, silver jewellery and headscarves, the all-singing, all-dancing babushki perform most of their songs in the Udmurt language of the region, with some sections in English. They started performing to raise money to refurbish a church in their village.

Posted by acapnews at February 3, 2014 12:00 AM