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Kirka during his last public performance in January 2007

Kirill "Kirka" Babitzin (22 September 1950 - 31 January 2007) was a Finnish singer. Kirka's most famous songs include "Hengaillaan", "Leijat" (Kites) and "Varrella virran" (Down by the River)". Kirill Babitzin was born in Helsinki in 1950. His parents were Russian emigrants. He first got into music at the age of five when his grandmother gave him an accordion. He won an accordion competition when he was ten years old. He was soon attracted to rock and roll music. His first band was 'The Creatures', which he joined in 1964 assuming stage name Kirka.

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