07.17.2009 - 07.17.2009
One of my favorite things in Yerevan is a reggae/ska band named Reincarnation (I have referred to them by their Russian name Reincarnacya before). Ever since I first heard their peppy trumpet-laden song “Eli Lav A,” I haven’t been able to get it out of my head. And the fact that it’s one of the most ubiquitous songs of the moment doesn’t help either. The chorus is made up of the words lav a repeated over and over. There was a point when anytime we interns heard someone say lav a we would break into singing “lav a, lav a, lav a, lav a….” It also works with words that are similar to lav a, like lavash. Somehow, it just doesn’t get old.
Large crowds had gathered at the Moscow Theater to see Reincarnation live with the rock group Bambir. A great aspects of Salt Lake City (my home) in the summer is its Twilight Concert Series featuring some impressive performers. Since I can't attend this summer, it was nice to have a similar gathering in Yerevan take its place.
Kathryn recorded footage of them playing their signature song while Sofia, Liz, and I danced in the crowd. Here’s the video. And here we are with Reincarnation in the background.
When the more rock-intensive Bambir came on to play, the audience took on a transformation unlike anything I had seen thus far in Yerevan. Before I go on, let me explain that Yerevan is very homogenous city. Whereas in places like America and London it’s cool to be different and a trendsetter, in Yerevan most people follow the same styles. However, the people in this crowd were different! They would probably be described as “emo” with their distinct fashion and hair styles. I loved seeing a whole new group exhibiting unique looks and attitudes. Kids clad in skinny jeans and black attire had come out to rock. Where these people are at any other time, I don’t know. But for one night, it was refreshing to see a diverse side to Yerevan.