BELARUS – Human right violation during the Belarussian election process forced Eurovision 2012 contestants Litesound to record a song that appeals to the people of Belarus.
Everything has its own cycle, events tend to repeat and different generations experience the same feelings. As a proof of this, there is a stunning Belorussian poem “To the Belarusian people”, written by Yakub Kolas exactly 100 years ago with its heart touching piercingness. This, along with the evidence of human rights violation during the election process taking place in modern Belarus, inspired Litesound band to record a manifesto song addressed to the Belarusian people at this difficult hour for our country.
Today Litesound say to the world that people of Belarus are willing to be free.
Litesound’s leader Dmitry Karakin says: “Since I was born, I had gained a belief in goodness, a craving for freedom and equality, and a burning sense of injustice that forced me to stand up for the weak, even if it was a tough price to pay for it.
But I know what honour is, and that it cannot be sold in a face of fear. I know what it means to live without deception and conscientiously.
This summer of 2020 put everything into place. I had to grow up mentally and look critically at the еhings that seemed unimportant to me or did not concern me before.
Today is a terrible hour. Each of us is aware of this and understands that in the face of merciless force we can only withstand being single wall – each for all, and all for each! With us are those who have not betrayed their conscience, who believe in the ideals of freedom and democracy. With us are those who can commit compassion, empathize, sympathize.
And we are in the majority! We believe that we ourselves are the blacksmiths of our will and freedom! Freedom of our native land, Belarus!
The great Belarusian writer and poet Yakub Kolas felt the same feelings as we do exactly 100 years ago. The people, under the yoke of invaders and strangers, longed for freedom and independence from their oppressors. And the lines of his poems was making me weep, looking at the horrible composure and cruelty with which the Belarusian authorities deal with us and our will!
And today the unbroken spirit of the people, the unshakable courage of three women Svetlana Tikhonovskaya, Veronica Zepkalo and Maria Kolesnikova heroically fighting for us and for their loved ones, has breathed into us a feeling of majestic reverence and patriotism!
It was all this that gave us the inspiration of inconceivable power, which we want to share in our new song, written to the piercing poems of Yakub Kolas To Belarusians People!”