Author: Kate Spencer

Slava Marlow

Artyom Arteomovich Gotlib, known professionally as Slava Marlow, is a Russian producer, rapper, beatmaker, and YouTube content creator. Slava Marlow was born on October 27, 1999 in Novosibirsk, a Siberian town known for science and industry. His parents divorced when he was young. He greatly disliked his father after the divorce, and therefore disliked his […]

Hanna

Hanna (Ханна) is a Russian pop star and model. Her full name is Anna Vladimirovna Kuryanova (Анна Владимировна Курьянова) and she hails from Cheboksary, the capital of the Chuvash Republic in south central Russia. She was born in the last days of the USSR on January 23rd, 1991. Hanna graduated from a music school specializing […]

Russia’s Top 5 Rap Songs: June 2021

PLAYD Russia on spotify has over 80 public playlists, covering many different genres, occasions, and charts. They can also be found on Facebook. Updated weekly, their Top 50 Rap chart shows the top hits in Russia. In late June of 2021, here is a snapshot of the Top 5:   1. CAMRY 3.5 – Slava […]

Guide to Russian Coffee Shops

Coffee culture has come to Russia relatively recently – within the last few years – but has exploded within that time. Although there are now many chains and independent shops dotting Russian cities, covering kiosks, to-go windows, and sit-down shops, there are few chains that have managed to become truly “Russian” in that they were […]

Manzhia: Russian Eurovision Entry 2021

Manzhia, a Russian-Tajik singer, is coming into a wider spotlight after her performance at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. She was born on 8 July 1991 in Tajikistan. Her mother was a fashion designer and psychologist, and her father worked as a doctor. Her father initially discouraged her from pursuing music, believing that it wasn’t […]