alyona alyona - Дикі танці

Song of the Day
Hosted by Kevin Cole

This week's picks for Song of the Day were chosen by Kevin Cole, host of Drive Time on KEXP, spotlighting artists who have been nominated for the 2021 Music Moves Europe Talent Awards. Today's Song of the Day is “Дикі танці” by alyona alyona, from the 2019 album В ХАТІ МА on Hitwonder.


 
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written by Janice Headley

It's impressive enough that Alyona Alyona was nominated for the 2021 Music Moves Europe Talent Awards, but what's even more notable is, it's the very first time a Ukrainian artist has appeared on their list of nominees.

The rapper, whose real name is Alyona Savranenko, became a break-out star in Europe since leaving behind her job as an elementary school teacher to follow her pre-teen dreams of performing hip-hop. Her lyrics cover topics of body positivity and female empowerment, all sung in her homeland's language. 

“That’s part of my life,” she told The World public radio program. “I’ve encountered a lot of body shaming, fat shaming, bullying in my life. But mostly it’s people who motivate me because they keep asking, 'How can you be so cool?' I tell them I’m like everyone else, I just accepted myself the way I am. I realized people need my experience and I started sharing it. With some — in messages, with others — in songs.”

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