Karim Salavatov has been confirmed as Kumyk’s participant for the 2nd edition of the Bala Turkvision Song Contest.

Karim Salavatov who was due to represent Kumyk at the 2015 Bala Turkvision Song Contest has been confirmed as this years entrant. Karim is a 7th grade student and is an active member of the drama school at the cultural center in Boragan. According to information released ahead of last years contest the song that Karim will sing at the Bala Turkvizyon Song Contest is based upon the two pillars of Kumyk tradition Kipchak and Oguz. Kumyk’s are made up of both the Kipchak and Oguz people groups.

The Kumyks are a Turkic people living in the Kumyk plateau of Northern Dagestan, there are currently 503,000 Kumyks living in the Russian Federation. The Kumyk’s speak the Kumyk language which is part of the Kipchak language group within Turkic languages. The participation of the Kumyk population in the contest is being organised by “Qumuqlar”. “Qumuqlar” are a group set up specifically for the preservation of the Kumyk language, culture and the development of the Kumyk people.

Kumyk were due to debut in the Bala Turkvision Song Contest 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey but were forced to withdraw from the contest due to a deterioration of relations between Turkey and the Russian Federation.

To date the following countries and regions have selected their participants for Bala Turkvision 2016:

  • Azerbaijan – Aydan Ilxasade
  • Belarus – Ruslana
  • Crimea – Regina Vosik
  • Kumyk: Karim Salavatov
  • Romania – Alessya Duran Selma
  • Stavropol Krai – Madina Kartakeyva
  • Ukraine – Ljudmila Bazadzhi
The Bala Turkvision Song Contest was first held in 2015. The contest is the children’s version of the Turkvision Song Contest. Participants in the contest must be aged between 8 and 15 and perform their song in a Turkic language. The winner of the contest is decided by a jury made up one person representing each competing country. The winner of the first contest were Azerbaijan who were represented by Nuray & Ahmed and the song “Cocukluk Yillari”.