Monday, June 27, 2011

Babushkas make us proud on Eurovision

It is a great day for the shtetl chic among us when old Russian women compete on European musical talent shows.

The Buranovo Babushkas are a group of elderly widows from the Udmurt republic in eastern Russia.  They sing Beatles songs and other popular rock music, which they translate into their language and perform all across Europe.

Normally, I'd tell such a class act to break some legs, but we have to be gentle with these particular artists:  One of the women accidentally amputated her own arm several years ago, and according to NPR, "her prosthetic arm is too heavy for her to wear all the time. She saves it for concerts, where she's singing, smiling and dancing."

And that, dear Readers, is the queen of the shtetl.

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