Nina Matvienko's daughter voiced her last wish before her death and compared her mother to Ukraine
Tonya Matvienko, the daughter of People's Artist of Ukraine Nina Matvienko, voiced her mother's last request before her death on October 8. In a commentary to the media, the singer said with tears in her eyes that the "flower-soul" of Ukrainian song asked that no one cry at her funeral.
Antonina Matvienko thanked her mother and called her the personification of the country - Ukraine itself. OBOZREVATEL is following the farewell to the artist at the scene (to see photos and videos, scroll to the bottom of the page) .
Tonya Matvienko addressed journalists and fans at the National Philharmonic in Kyiv. Nina's son-in-law, singer Arsen Mirzoyan, stood next to her.
"She was an example. She has a very big heart. She is Ukraine. I know that she can hear me, I want to say thank you for her contribution to Ukraine. I will listen to her songs and know that she is with me. I thank her for everything. She asked that no one cry at the funeral. She asked us to remember something good," the artist said.
Artists Dmytro Monatik, Amador Lopez, the Verevka Choir, Oleg Sobchuk, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko, Verkhovna Rada Speaker Ruslan Stefanchuk, Acting Minister of Culture Rostyslav Karandeyev and the singer's fans came to say goodbye to the Ukrainian pop star.
The military also came to the funeral and honored the memory of the Ukrainian music legend. Some of them knelt down in front of the coffin.
Nina Matvienko died two days before her 76th birthday. Ukrainians admired the artist for her charming voice and deep Ukrainian songs. One of the most popular is the sensual mantra song "Flower-Soul", which will forever be associated with the artist. Read about other songs for which Ukrainians loved the legendary singer here.
Earlier, OBOZREVATEL wrote about the difficult fate of Nina Matvienko: the singer came from a large family, started working at the age of 4, suffered because of her father and wanted to divorce after 50 years of marriage.