The Kumyk population of Russia will be selecting their participant for the 2016 Turkvizyon Song Contest on November 26 in Dagestan.

Kumyk will select their first ever participant in the Turkvizyon Song Contest on November 26 in the Capital of Dagestan, Makhachkala. The selection of the Kumyk participant in Turkvizyon 2016 will take place during “Qumuqfest”. Qumuqfest will see performances from well known Kumyk performers from Chechnya, North Ossetia, Moscow as well as from across Dagestan. Tickets are on sale now for the event.

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 Turkvizyon 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. In 2015 they selected Gulmira, Fatima and Kamilya with the song “Alga” to represent them. Furthermore they were due to be represented by Karim Salavatov in the Bala Turkvizyon Song Contest.

Source: Qumuqlar