Czech Republic: With a history lesson and a response to Putin’s “Russian world” at Eurovision 2023?
An interesting and pleasant surprise the Czech Republic was preparing us for its national final, through which they will choose the song that will represent the country at Eurovision 2023. Among the candidate entries we find My Sister’s Crown by the band Vesna, a song that in addition to its solidarity and support for Ukraine, it is the musical response to the ahistorical “Russian World” of Putin and his propaganda, according to which the Ukrainian nation does not even exist, since in fact they are Russians.
As you will see in the video clip, all the pieces of the puzzle fit together perfectly, so that the message is resounding and understood by everyone, even by those who may not have the historical background to understand it immediately.
Vesna is a person of Slavic mythology who could be said to be very close to Persephone of Greek mythology. In other words, she is also identified with spring, the fertility and fruitfulness of the earth. Vesna also means spring in many Slavic languages… The group consists of people from various slavic countries, like Ukraine, Bulgaria, Russia and of course Czech Republic.
The video clip starts with a narration of a few seconds. We are in a Slavic kingdom, where everything flows with love and everyone is united. But all this ends and dark clouds cover “Slavia” and the times of prosperity are simply forgotten… You obviously understand the comparison with today and everything that is happening between two nations that a few years ago were very close, of course we are referring to the Russians and the Ukrainians.
The song has lyrics in four languages. English, Czech, Ukrainian and Bulgarian, wanting to include the languages of the whole Slavic family (central, eastern and southern Europe).
We won’t say much more about the video clip, since the allegories of the bad things that have been happening in Ukraine for a year since the invasion of Russia are very cleverly and figuratively used in an artistic action that keeps you glued to the screen.
What we will comment is the verse that is repeated several times in the song, in different languages:
My beautiful sister, the crown is yours!
This verse summarizes the entire message of this anti-war song. From a simple cry for the end of this atrocity that is happening in our neighborhood, it becomes, a history lesson, a response to Pan-Russianism, to the ideology of the “Russian World” that Putin is trying to impose on all Slavs.
Ukraine and Russia claim the cultural, but also political heritage of the state of the Rus, an empire of about 900 AD, through which Christianity, culture and letters were transmitted to all modern Slavic peoples. The capital of this state and the most important center was Kyiv. Both Ukraine and Russia (and Belarus secondarily) claim the Rus heritage and their achievements as cultural ancestors.
But Vesna sings in My Sister’s Crown, that this crown is yours and no one will take it from you, our beautiful sister, clearly taking a position in this historical controversy, on which the ideology of the Ukrainian national identity has been based.
The video clip of the song was released a while ago and already the Czech Republic is among the favorites to win the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest.
The clear message of My Sister’s Crown did not go unnoticed, as in just four hours after its release it was blocked from YouTube in Russia and Belarus, as Vesna informed via their Instagram account.
You can watch My Sister’s Crown here:
A participation that, if selected, will keep us properly occupied in Liverpool!
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