Latvia: Aminata

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It all starts off fine for Aminata. Eurovision can be contemporary, sure. Yet when the screeching chorus stops, it’s only a momentary respite before whatever that beat is takes over. It’s neither unique to Eurovision (we’ve heard rumblings like this before) nor pleasant to listen to. Aminata is petite and powerful, wonderfully so in other performances and deserves a successful solo career; this song is all kinds of unharmonious wrong.

 


Credit: Martins Cirulis

 

 

All Kinds of Everything: interview with Aminata


Babushki4 vs. Lordi4

WINNER: LORDI

To be honest, no one…well, maybe Lordi, because at the moment when they won the competition I was a metallist and I liked hard music. It reminds me of that time.

ABBA4 vs. Celine4

TIEBREAK

Both of them. Céline Dion has incredible voice, but ABBA is world’s music and legend. In other words, how could I choose just one of them?

What does the general public in Latvia think of Eurovision?

We all believe in Latvia that Eurovision should resemble the broad diversity of Europe. There are so many cultures, backgrounds and traditions of singing throughout Europe! I believe that I was chosen to represent Latvia because my song is about how love has the power to inject anyone and brake through the stereotypes and prejudices about the others.

Do you have any rituals before going on stage?

I usually like to hide in the darkest and emptiest corner where nobody can disturb me. Then I listen to music which helps me to get into the mood. At this time I am not talkative at all. I like to clear my mind and get on the wave. My song Love Injected is very powerful and I need to get a lot of energy to be able to share it with the listeners. Get ready to have it during the competition!

How do you normally watch the Eurovision Song Contest?

Usually I watch it together with my friends. As my background is very diverse – my father is from Burkina Faso and mother is of Latvian and Russian descent – my friends also have very different backgrounds.

 

 

Hello Europe, it’s Camilla calling! Here are the points from the House of Apcar vote.

Latvia: 1 point.

According to my own personal preference, I have awarded points to all 40 acts entering this year’s contest, with four countries receiving each set of points used by the EBU (12, 10, and 8-1).