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Single by Urban Symphony
ReleasedJanuary 5, 2009
GenreElectropop, orchestral rock
Songwriter(s)Sven Lõhmus
Producer(s)Sven Lõhmus
Urban Symphony singles chronology
"Päikese poole"
Alternative cover
Digital release
Digital release
Eurovision Song Contest 2009 entry
Sandra Nurmsalu,
Mann Helstein,
Johanna Mängel,
Mari Möldre
Finals performance
Semi-final result
Semi-final points
Final result
Final points
Entry chronology
◄ "Leto svet" (2008)   
"Siren" (2010) ►

"Rändajad" (English translation: Nomads[1] or Travellers) is a song by the Estonian band Urban Symphony, composed by Sven Lõhmus, and represented Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 in Moscow, Russia.[2][3]

Lead singer Sandra Nurmsalu at Eurovision 2009.

The song competed in the second semi-final on 14 May 2009 and won Estonia a place in the final for the first time since the introduction of semifinals. In the final on 16 May 2009 the song received the sixth place, finishing with 129 points.[4] This was Estonia's best result since Sahlene's Runaway in 2002. Estonia returned to good results after having six years of poor ones.

"Rändajad" was the first ever song in Estonian to chart in the UK, Belgium, and Switzerland. The song stayed in the Estonian Top for 48 weeks.[5][citation needed]

"Rändajad", with a remarkable oriental flame to it, tells a story of never-ending nomadic journeys through the sand deserts. The song can be taken as a metaphor for life, and Urban Symphony lead singer Sandra Nurmsalu points out that "we all are travellers".[6] The music mixes electronic sounds with performances on the violin, viola, and cello.

Urban Symphony was supported on stage by two backing singers, Mirjam Mesak and Marilin Kongo. Mirjam was on stage also in Helsinki 2007 when Gerli Padar represented Estonia, while Marilin had earlier taken part in the Estonian national final for Eurovision ("Be 1st" in 2006). She was also to return on Eurovision stage as a backing singer in 2011 and 2014.

Graham Norton for the BBC and others have translated the song title as "Travellers," which is the dictionary definition of the word,[7][8] as well as the translation used by Sandra Nurmsalu herself.[6] This title was considered a correct, but not perfect, answer in the competition to give a translated title,[9] with "Nomads" being the official Eurovision translation.[1] The definite article ("the") is often prefixed to the title in English (Estonian has no definite article[10]).

The songwriter Sven Lõhmus also wrote the Estonian entry to the Eurovision 2005, "Let's Get Loud" by Suntribe and the Estonian entry of Eurovision 2011,"Rockefeller Street" by Getter Jaani.

Track listings[edit]

Digital release

  1. Rändajad (Eurovision version) – 3:03
  2. Rändajad (Club Mix) – 3:56
  3. Rändajad (Club Mix Extended) – 5:10
  4. Rändajad (Acoustic version) – 2:40

CD single

  1. Rändajad (Radio Version) – 2:59
  2. Rändajad (Lazy Drumbeat Mix) – 4:40

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[11] 68
Estonian Singles Chart[12] 3
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[13] 10
Greek Billboard Singles Chart[14] 8
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[15] 14
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[16] 86
UK Singles Chart[17] 117

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Estonia: Staging modern fairytale". 2009-04-26. Retrieved 2009-05-19.
  2. ^ Calleja Bayliss, Marc (2009-03-07). "Urban Symphony to represent Estonia in Moscow". Oikotimes. Archived from the original on 2009-03-10. Retrieved 2009-03-07.
  3. ^ Webb, Glen (2009-03-07). "Urban Symphony win Eesti Laul in Estonia". EBU. Retrieved 2009-03-07.
  4. ^ Results of the finals of Eurovision 2009 Archived 2009-05-21 at the Wayback Machine, Interfax-Ukraine (May 17, 2009)
  5. ^ "Raadio Uuno". Uuno.ee. Retrieved 2013-10-06.
  6. ^ a b "Eurovision Song Contest Moscow 2009 - News - Urban Symphony speak to esctoday.com". Archived from the original on 2011-07-10. Retrieved 2009-05-27.
  7. ^ English-Estonian Dictionary, accessed 18 May 2009
  8. ^ Estonian – English – Estonian Dictionary, accessed 18 May 2009
  9. ^ "Quiz: Estonian winners drawn! | News | Eurovision Song Contest - Copenhagen 2014". Eurovision.tv. 2009-05-08. Retrieved 2013-10-06.
  10. ^ Haspelmath, Martin (2001). Language typology and language universals: an international handbook. Walter de Gruyter. p. 1494. ISBN 3-11-017154-6.
  11. ^ "Ultratop.be – Urban Symphony – Rändajad" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 13 October 2020.
  12. ^ Estonian Singles Chart Archived 2009-05-27 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ "Urban Symphony: Rändajad" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 13 October 2020.
  14. ^ Greek Billboard Singles Chart Retrieved on May 30, 2009
  15. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Urban Symphony – Rändajad". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 13 October 2020.
  16. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Urban Symphony – Rändajad". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 13 October 2020.
  17. ^ UK Singles Chart

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