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In Moldova, the rock group Sunstroke Project has adapted their 2017 Eurovision song “Hey, Mom” for educational purposes in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Titled “Mommy, stay home,” the parody encourages citizens to follow the World Health Organization's recommendations for prevention while sending positive energy to older adults.
It's in Russian and Romanian, and it's posted on YouTube with English subtitles.
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Although Romanian is the official language of Moldova, Russian, Ukrainian and Gagauss have official status as regional languages. In all regions of Moldova it is widely spoken in all regions of Moldova.
Moldova, a country of 2.6 million people, had 298 confirmed cases of COVID-19 registered as of March 30, and two deaths. Like many European countries, the government has implemented restrictive measures to slow down the spread of the new coronavirus, including two weeks of self-isolation.
The Sunstroke Project debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2010 with the song “Run Away”. Despite finishing in 22nd place – out of 39 contestants – the song became hugely popular. Currently, the official video has been played more than 10 million times on YouTube.
That Eurovision performance also generated a famous meme: the group's saxophonist, Sergej Stepanov, became the “Epic sax guy” (the type of the epic sax), a meme recognizable to date, with dozens of repetitions.
Due to its enduring popularity online, the Sunstroke Project competed for Moldova again at Eurovision 2017, this time with the song “Hey Mom” with English lyrics. His performance again included a sax solo.
In 2017, the group finished third in the competition held in Kiev, Ukraine. It is the best result that Moldova has achieved in the contest.
The 2020 edition of the Eurovision contest, which was to take place in May in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.