Monday, 15 February 2010

We Are The Champions - In Tatar

OK, you can usually rely on Webphemera to be a sports free zone, but the Winter Olympics has had its share of sorrow this year with the untimely death of Georgian competitor Nodar Kumaritashvili.  So a little happiness is much needed.  Well, if this doesn't put a smile on your face, I am not sure will.  Of course the opening ceremony went well but all over the world people find different ways to wish their teams luck.  There is none more different than this wonderful cover of Queen's We Are The Champions by a group of Tatars willing the Russian team on to victory.  I have absolutely no doubt that if Freddy Mercury were still alive he would give a wholehearted thumbs up to this gloriously kitschy rendition of one of Queen's better known rock anthems.  It's not just the whole camp aesthetics of the thing - its the joy with which it is sung that makes this such a delight.

My own personal highlights are the 'guitarist' doing his best Brian May impression (blink and you miss it) and the female lead singer, not quite sure what to do with herself when she has finished singing.

This from the Tatar Information Agency: "From The Republic of Tatarstan State Ensemble of Folklore Music performed “Queen” band’s famous composition “We Are the Champions” in the Tatar language. The video recording was made in December 2009 at the walls of Kazan Kremlin in honour of the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver to support the Russian team."

(In case you didn't know the Tatars are a large ethnic minority in Russia, numbering over five million there.  They also live in many of the other former Soviet Republics such as Uzbekhistan and Ukraine).

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