Ukrainian rap artist Alyona Alyona, who worked as a kindergarten teacher a year ago and then became a worldwide music sensation, was nominated for the Anchor International Award. The award is presented as part of the German Reeperbahn Festival.
According to the official website, the Reeperbahn Festival International Music Award is an accolade for the most promising emerging music talent established in 2016. Its purpose is to help music lovers discover new names and help young artists develop their careers.
“Hip-hop as a force of nature: Aljona Sawranenko, alias alyona alyona, raps in her native language Ukrainian. And the way her words flow, hiss, roll, groove, and rush out? In a word: wow. Massive, dynamic drive put to dark, pumping beats. Alyona alyona is already a role model in Ukraine - and she’s only in her late 20s. Her videos, in which she proudly dances as the queen of the street in front of the housing projects of her hometown Baryshivka, or stages herself as a fairytale matriarch in a dystopian world, have millions of viewers… In her songs, she prefers to talk about images of women beyond the usual beauty clichés ("Ribki") or young adults who bemoan the situation in Ukraine and leave the country ("Salischaju swij dim")” the message on Anchor site says.