"Mamo" is a song by Ukrainian singer Anastasia Prikhodko. It is best known as Russia's entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009, held in the Russian capital of Moscow; the song is performed in both Russian and Ukrainian, was composed by Konstantin Meladze and Diana Golde. The song was first submitted for the Ukrainian preselection for that year, but failed to qualify, winning afterwards the Russian preselection; as Russia hosted the contest this year, the song automatically competed in the final on 16 May 2009. It finished 11th with 91 points. Directed by Alan Badoev and employing Yaroslav Pilunskiy as the camera operator, the promotional video for "Mamo" was shot in a Kiev-based studio; the film featured Prikhodko fortune telling in a medieval dress. Four fairy tale settings were used, each representing an Eastern European season. In the setting picturing summer, Prikhodko appears in a wedding dress. In the last setting, representing autumn, she tears the dress up; the videoclip premiered on April 19 on the Ukrainian music TV channel M1 and on April 21 on the Russian music TV channel Muz-TV.
The final performance concentrated on Prikhodko's vocal emotions. The giant floating screens at the background of the stage featured a video of her face aging from a twenty-year-old to a seventy-year-old
Lawrence Vavra is an American Media Entrepreneur and Private Equity Investor. Vavra is best known for co-founding music management company SFX Deckstar. Vavra graduated from UCLA undergrad in 1999 and Hastings Law School in 2002 where he received his Juris Doctorate. After graduation, Vavra created the San Francisco based company Vintage415. In early 2002 upon his return to Los Angeles, Vavra began working with DJ AM; the two reacquainted through Vavra's brother. The two built up DJ AM's career giving validity to the DJ art form and paving the way for many of today's DJ acts. Together they opened up the popular night clubs LAX in both Los Angeles, as well as Las Vegas. Vavra established DJ AM as the first Las Vegas resident DJ at The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, before re-negotiating AM's biggest career move to The Palms Casino Resort where he became the highest paid DJ; the two remained close friends and business partners until DJ AM's tragic death on August 28, 2009. Vavra is the co-Founder and president of DECKSTAR, a company he started with Paul Rosenberg, Matt Colon and DJ AM in 2006.
The company merged with British Management company James Grant in 2017. Vavra has produced MTV's Gone Too Far and Fuse's Hoppus On Music. Vavra was responsible for producing the first Electronic Dance Music performance at the 2012 Grammy Awards; the company SFX Entertainment, now known as LiveStyle raised $250 million to create the Live Nation of Electronic Dance Music, culminating in an initial public offering on October 9, 2013 on the NASDAQ, valuing the company at over $1B. Vavra and the Gabriel Moreno sued co-founder Robert Sillerman for fraud, breach of partnership; the suit was subsequently settled in 2016 for an undisclosed amount. Lawrence Vavra on IMDb