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Kirill “Kirka” Babitzin (September 22, 1950 - January 31 2007) was one of Finland’s most famous musicians.

Kirill Babitzin was born in Helsinki in 1950 to a Russian emigrant family. His musical career originally began at the age of five when his grandmother gave him an accordion. He later won an accordion competition at the age of ten but left the accordion playing for rock’n’roll.
His first band was The Creatures in which he joined in 1964, under his artist name Kirka.

Babitzin got his breakthrough in 1967 when he joined the band called The Islanders (originally led by Ilkka “Danny” Lipsanen as the major vocalist) and began touring in Finland. Kirka also recorded some singles with Blues Section.

In 1978, Babitzin released a duet album with his sister Anna, and the next year their sister Muska joined in. Kirka’s brother was the popular musician Sammy Babitzin, who was killed in a car crash in 1973.

Kirka represented Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest 1984, finishing as a strong 9th with the song Hengaillaan. His biggest hit was tune Surun pyyhit silmistäni that won the finnish song contest Syksyn Sävel. English version, made by artist himself, was successful in Greece. Foreign artists have recorded it successfully too in other languages. Kirka made the big success of course in Finland with a few albums.

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  • Morwennol

    You put the spell oooon meeeeeee

    11 Feb 12:56pm Reply
  • werner_x

    Hienoa nähdä, että Kirkalta vielä kuunnellaan myös "rokahtavampaakin" materiaalia. Kannattaisi myös tuleville/uusille sukupolville mainita miehen monipuolisesta tuotannosta, ettei unohdu kokonaan tai jää ainoastaan näiden puuduttavien radio-soitantojen varaan...

    7 Nov 2013 Reply
  • flowerchile

    I love Kirka. <3

    30 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Jamboree99

    Onko Kirkan kuolemasta jo oikeasti 3vuotta?

    19 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Timop

    Suomen Bruce Dickinson. Aina kun kuuntelen Iron Maidenia, tekee mieli kuunnella Kirkan R. O. C. K. -levyä heti perään.

    17 Feb 2010 Reply
  • mankmank

    THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVOURITE

    7 Jan 2010 Reply
  • passionjames

    HELLO BUDDIES

    3 Jan 2010 Reply
  • aryanrocksworld

    hiiiiii

    20 Dec 2009 Reply
  • ff-real

    Suomen kovimpia laulajia ehdottomasti

    23 Jan 2009 Reply
  • goashem

    Some of the sentenced does make sense but not much. "Voit" = "you can" or "you are able (to do something)" but that's it.. "Jä" doesn't make sense at all. "Skatta" is a Swedish word - or a name in the Helsinki slang for a part of Helsinki called "Katajanokka". The most obscure and "anti-Finnish" word is "yötl" as I can't remember any Finnish word ending with "-tl"...

    21 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Jayzon666

    brob: that doesn't mean anything. It's definitely not Finnish, has some elements that seem kinda Finnish, but also has some elements that might be from Swedish also. But no, that sentence is not Finnish.

    13 Dec 2008 Reply
  • Perdagor

    R.O.C.K = some of the best stuff ever to come from Finland :D

    5 Oct 2008 Reply
  • arttuextra

    Mitä maitohousuja?

    11 Sep 2008 Reply
  • stopGOu

    R.O.C.K. and The Spell ARE FUCKING AWESOME!!!!

    20 Aug 2008 Reply
  • Coplom

    Voisko joku pliis upata mulle kappaleen "Pitkän tien pää". Tulin just pari tuntia sitten 7 viikon Skotlannin työmatkalta, ja tää kappale auttais sopeutumaan Suomeen takas :D.

    30 May 2008 Reply
  • micarone

    Yhtyen jotakin kautta Loijaan (ja muidenkin) kommentteihin : Kirkan R.O.C.K. ja The Spell albumit... Nämä kun kuuntelee muutamaan kertaan läpi niin väistämättä tulee mieleen, että miksei tämä Suomalaisen musiikkitaivaan vaikuttaja ei tehnyt enempää samankaltaisia levyjä?! Äänensä sopii juurikin tuohon genreen kuin naula arkun kanteen...

    2 Dec 2007 Reply
  • ostego

    Tiukka linja -albumilla on kyllä tiukkoja covereita. Etenkin Taas nousen junaan -biisissä (I Shot the Sheriff) on mielettömän hyvä tunnelma.

    23 Sep 2007 Reply
  • Loijaa

    noppaes taitaa olla aika sekasin noitten kommenttiensa perusteella. Kirkan The Spell-albumi on kyllä helvetin kova, yksi hard rock/heavy-kategorian parhaista ikinä Suomessa ja kestää hyvin vertailun kansainvälisiin huippualbumeihin. Pidän kyllä 60-70-lukujen Kirka-tuotannosta + mestarit hommastakin.

    29 Jul 2007 Reply
  • Jonsse

    Nonni! Ehdit pari tuntia ennen minua! Löysin pari päivää sitten itsekin nuo albumit. Täytyy sanoa, että Kirka veti hevilaulajana vertoja Diolle. Jos tykkää Rainbowsta tai Black Sabbathista, kannattaa ehdottomasti kuunnella nuo albumit. Kirka R.O.C.K.s!

    27 Jun 2007 Reply
  • kasariruhtinas

    The Spell ja R.O.C.K. ovat yhdet kaikkien aikojen parhaista suomalaisista raskaan musiikin albumeista. Harmi, että Kirka siirtyi aikanaan takaisin iskelmän pariin. Taisi johtua siitä, että iskelmä myy paremmin Suomessa ja Kirkan ääni alkoi The Spell-levyn jälkeen katoamaan. R.I.P. Kirka

    27 Jun 2007 Reply
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