On the brink of another (r)evolution

While the topic line may not seem to have anything to do with the music or entertainment industry it was the events of the Orange (R)evolution in 2004-2005 that eventually led me to meet an interesting film maker this past Thursday. During the heady events of the Orange (R)evolution my Kum (the father of my…

МОТОР’РОЛЛА in studio

As reported by www.fdr.com.ua today МОТОР’РОЛЛА is actively working in studio on their next album. Currently the group has eight songs are being mixed and mastered with three of these completed. The guys have four more songs they are working on, in other words their planned album will include 12 songs + a number of…

Cultural non-funding

In Ukraine so many things are so dependent on policy or in this case the lack of a clear cultural policy in the country. Ukraine just doesn’t have an idea of what direction it wants to go when it comes to culture amongst many other things. This May, from the 11-27, the 10th International Forum…

On the other side of the Big Pond

While I don’t usually post much on Ukrainian music in North America, one band’s name in particular caught my eye. They are from Winnipeg, Canada and they call themselves the Zrada Cultural Academy and it seems that they are preparing to go into studio this spring to prepare their first full length album. I’m looking…

Are you ready to become famous?

Reading some of the Ukrainian music business press today, I came across an article that made me think a little more about what happens to people when they become extremely successful for any reason. Are you ready to be famous? In a post on Territoria-A, it appears that Andriy Danylko, better known as Verka Serduchka,…

Rumors…

Well I was chatting with a friend a couple of nights ago, and according to a friend of his with very good connections with Taras Chubay, lead man of Plach Yeremii, Taras may have another timeless hit under his belt along the lines of Vona. While this may just be a rumor, it will be…

Mlada Concert in Kyiv

Well as I had mentioned in a previous post, I was planning to go to Mlada’s concert on Tuesday March 13, 2007 and it did happen; however wasn’t looking that positive on Monday. I went to the regular ticket outlets and no one seemed to know anything about the concert, so Monday night I dug…

Ukrainian contemporary culture: some more thoughts on the problems

Earlier on I posted two different posts dealing with the problems both abroad and internally within Ukrainian contemporary culture. Most recently with the selection of Verka Serduchka to represent Ukraine in the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest is another example of what ails the system. One of the elements which has created problems in the formation…

Revanche on Eurovision

Well last Friday night it was made official. Verka Serduchka the stage name of Andriy Danylko was chosen to represent Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest. Does this come as a surprise to anyone? I would say it doesn’t. It just goes to show the low level of professionalism at the First National Television channel…

Some interesting figures

Just think, 25% of the people with the highest IQs in China is greater than the entire population of North America, and China will soon have the largest English speaking population in the entire world. These are just a few interesting facts presented in a video found at http://www.glumbert.com/media/shift. It really is a little off…