Carmet manet, who are representing Slovenia in the inaugural Eurovision Choir of the Year this Saturday, have revealed the other two songs that they will be performing at the event.
The choir had previously announced that they would be performing “Ta na Solbici” (There in Stolvizza) by Samo Vovk. The song is inspired by the Slovenian minority in northwestern Italy and is sung in the dialect of that area, Resian. It tells the story of a traditional wedding celebration in the village of Stolvizza where flamboyant foot stomping of dancers overrides the river and echoes of the Kanin mountains on the border between Italy and Slovenia. The piece includes traditional throat singing, foot stomping and clapping.
Samo Vovk has also composed one other song for the choir, alongside Katarine Pustinek Rakar. The first song “Adrca” describes the life of women in Slovenian folk songs. The prop used in this song is a scarf, which was once considered an indispensable part of women’s clothing. The song moves through the different stages of a woman’s life: growing up, first love, marriage, birth of a child, farewell to the husband who is going to the army, and grief at his death.
Eurovision Choir of the Year will be held for the first time on July 22 in Riga, Latvia as part of the European Choir Games. The European Broadcasting Union has partnered with Interkultur to create this latest Eurovision family event, and both hope to see the format develop into a yearly event.
Competing in the contest are:
- Austria (ORF) – Hardchor Linz
- Belgium (RTBF) – Les Pastoureaux
- Denmark (DR) – Academic Choir of Aarhus
- Estonia (ERR) – Estonian TV Girls’ Choir
- Germany (WDR) – Jazzchor Freiburg
- Latvia (LTV) – Spīgo
- Slovenia (RTVSLO) – Carmen Manet
- Hungary (MTVA) – Bela Bartok Male Choir
- Wales (S4C) – Côr Merched Sir Gâr
The choirs competing in the contest will perform once for up to 6 minutes. The performance can include one or several works, of any genre, and “should in part reflect national or regional character in some way”.