As warm spring days and well-loved holidays are approaching, the verses of known songs “revive” in our minds. That's why club “Internationalist”, founded at the Department of the Belarusian and Russian languages of BSMU, decided to invite students from near and far abroad to participate in the Russian song contest.
Students of the Medical Faculty for International Students and the Faculty of Career Guidance and Pre-university Training supported this initiative with great enthusiasm. They and their educators spent a month learning their favourite Russian songs, memorizing the lyrics and preparing their performances. For many of the international students, their language acquisition gave them an opportunity to explore Russian music and thus become more acquainted with Russian culture. Some of them, even without knowing the language yet, had a great pleasure in trying to sing Russian songs.
As a result, there were 18 musical performances and took part more than 50 students from China, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, India, Sri Lanka, Ecuador, Canada, Israel, Russian Federation, Lithuania, Estonia, Congo, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan.
The participants expressed their interest in a wide variety of styles and genres of Russian music, so there were performed songs by Yuri Antonov, Philip Kirkorov, Nikolai Noskov, Klava Koka, Zemfira, band “Lyube”, “Bravo”, “Dabro”, “5’nizza”, as well as songs from the films “Moscow Does Not Believe Tears”, “The Irony of Fate”, “Children of Captain Grant”, “Admiral”, “Mama” and the TV series “The Moscow Saga”.
The participants used their imagination and creativity: they looked for unusual locations to shoot their performances, put on various costumes, sang songs with a minus soundtrack, acappella and with “live” instrumental accompaniment, used diverse applications to edit original video clips.
The jury was composed of professors from the Belarusian and Russian languages Department who voted for the best performances in different nominations.
The results were as follows:
Borham Kishan, a student of group 6221, won “Best Solo Performance”;
Students of group 6133 with the song “Mother is the First Word”, won “The best collective performance”;
Sofia Verman, a student of group 6207 won “The most artistic performance”;
The duet of Alisa Polyakova and Nihad Isayev, group 6107, won “The most emotional performance”;
Students of group 6121 with the song “Hallelujah” won “The most soulful performance”;
Damakhe Shivani, a student of group 6325, was the winner of the nomination “The Depth of Content”;
Lubangi Herve Mposhi, a student group 6227, was the winner of the nomination “For Charm and Charisma”.
Associate Professor Oleg Sergeevich Ishutin, Candidate of Medicine, Dean of the Medical Faculty for International Students, awarded the winners with certificates and diplomas and thanked them for their participation in the life of the University.
The jury and participants expect that such events will be held in BSMU again.
Author: Anna Viltovskaya, Head of “Internationalist”, photos by the author and Dmitry Zelenkovsky
Translation: Tatiana Malkovich