A group of elderly women, or “babushkas,” from the village of Buranovo, 600 miles east of Moscow, is totally changing the image of the elderly woman in Russia.
This group of women, mostly in their 70s and 80s, are a musical sensation, reports NPR, charming audiences across Russia. They sing Beatles tunes and songs by iconic Russian rocker Viktor Tsoi. They fly around the country for concerts. They made it to the Russian finals of the Eurovision music contest. And they have a Facebook page.
Because of harsh work conditions in Soviet times and rampant alcoholism today, men in Russia live, on average, to age 62. Women generally live more than a decade longer, and often live those later years alone.
The same has been true for many of the singing babushkas.
Yet, instead of spending quiet days peddling vegetables on the road, these women turned to music for comfort and companionship.
These are some awesome women!
You can watch the babushkas in the Russian finals of the Eurovision music contest here:
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