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Who are Zdob și Zdub and Frații Advahov? All you need to know about Moldova’s 2022 artists 🇲🇩

All you need to know about the “Trenulețul” performers

After the very confusing process that was the selection of Moldova’s 2022 Eurovision entry, we ended up with the song “Trenulețul” (English: Train) by the band Zdob și Zdub and Frații Advahov. They performed it in front of a jury to get internally selected and catch their own train to Turin!

What do we think of their chances at this year’s contest? Let’s take a deeper dive into the group, their song and the potential outcome of “Trenulețul”!

Who are Zdob și Zdub and Frații Advahov?

Zdob și Zdub have a long history with Eurovision. Competing for Moldova in 2005 (their first year in the contest) with “Boonika Bate Toba” and again in 2011 with “So Lucky”, the group finished 6th and 12th respectively. A very good track record! The band mix genres throughout their discography ranging from folk to punk, with their lyrics often providing a journey and telling a story.

The band are partnering with a similar act for Eurovision 2022, Frații Advahov. The band is made up of brothers Vasile and Vitalie Advahov and, like Zdob și Zdub, folk music is at their very core. In their performances, Frații Advahov are playing the accordion and violin. It seems like the perfect partnership!

Trenulețul and the Lyrics

Trenulețul has recently been revamped and there has been further production added as well as more English lyrics. You can now hear a tinkle of electronic sounds in the background as well as pauses for guitar solos and riffs. It’s definitely slicker and adds a few more “moments” into the song, rather than keeping it at one level throughout.

The song itself, on the surface, is about a new train line between the capital cities of Moldova and Romania (“Chişinău – București”). However, the lyrics make for fascinating reading and could be interpreted as a celebration of modern Moldova and their strong relationship with Romania, as they continue to rid themselves of their Soviet Union past. Have a read of some of the lyrics below:

Train is running, seems is flying
From one country to another
Running, and can’t understand
What’s the country, where it’s end
An old country, a new country
Once was one, now seems outland
Broke again, joins-again,
Now seems two, so be homeland

Source: lyricstranslate.com

You could definitely argue that this song is honouring their connection with their Romanian neighbours as the country continues to develop and break free from historical control. Nonetheless, it’s fantastic to see Moldova so proudly representing their language, traditions and style of music on stage at Eurovision.

How well will Zdob și Zdub and Frații Advahov do at ESC?

Although we mentioned the revamp now gives the song a few more moments, the main takeaway from it is that a lot of the fun has been taken out of this song in favour for a more polished production. However, sometimes slick isn’t always best especially when you’re relying on the rawness, likeability and uniqueness to shine through. Unfortunately at this stage we cannot see this song qualifying for the final, which is a real shame as the bands are Moldovan and Eurovision household names. Of course it’s not a done deal and if it captures the right mood at the right time, they may be able to scrape through. They do have a great running order after all, closing the first half of the first semi-final.

Fun music is always something that is very much welcomed at Eurovision. The group definitely have that on their side and viewers will be tuning into Semi-Final One wanting to hear music they don’t get to hear on the daily – “Trenulețul” definitely ticks those boxes. However, it’s important to note they are in the same semi-final as Norway and Latvia who can all be placed into the fun category. However, Norway and Latvia will be bringing a higher quality overall package. “Trenulețul” would’ve been better off playing to its strengths of traditional, raw and rough rather than trying to directly compete with slicker songs.

Although, Moldova in the past have pulled off some incredible moments such as “My Lucky Day” by DoReDoS in 2018. Similarly, fans thought this didn’t have a shot at making waves at Eurovision but the group turned up to Lisbon with some memorable staging and played on the quirk, fun and chaos. If they take inspiration from this into 2022 then who knows what could happen!

You can listen to the Moldovan entry “Trenulețul” below!

What do you think of Moldova’s song for Eurovision 2022? Where do you think it will place? Let us know in the comments!

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