Eastern Europe and its influence on Eurovision Song Contest

Over the last couple of years we have witnessed a change in the type of music which is being presented at the Eurovision Song Competition, and it would be fair to say that much of the change began to happen with Ruslana’s win back in 2004 in Istanbul. Ruslana’s winning performance introduced ethnic elements into…

Ukrainian musicians to descend on Budapest

Back in 1998 Myroslav Levytsky and Braty bluzu performed on the main stage at the Pepsi-Sziget Festival as the first Ukrainian group to perform. There he met Canadian Lionel Lodge which eventually led to work with both Lionel and Rens Newland on the Music Without Borders project. Later on in 1999 Mandry headed off to…

Ukrainian Music for Charity

Just over a year ago I was introduced to a fellow from Vienna Austria who is involved in an interesting project called East-Beat. At that time he asked me if I could help him contact various music labels and musicians here in Ukraine in order to do everything in a legal manner. After a number…

Flit to perform in Kyiv

While I have known for some time that Ukraine’s boys of “Intelligent Rock” Flit will be performing at Pyvna Botchka out on Moskovskiy Prospekt, near Petrivka metro station. The gig is to start at 21:00.  

Borsch and Pan Pupets to perform

According to the FDR website both Borsch and Pan Pupets from Ivano-Frankivsk are to perform on Saturday May 19, as part of a production of Rigoletto, or Punks against Alcoholism. The show is to place at the Bochka Khmilna club on Bohdana Khmelnytskoho 3B-1. This is the same place that Flit had there packed gig…

DisLOCAdos – with something new

A while back I made a note that the Kyiv Salsa Kings have changed their name to DisLOCAdos. Yesterday, I was informed by band member Karolina Patocki that DisLOCAdos will be performing one of their last gigs at Art Club 44 this coming Sunday May 20, but they will also be presenting some of their…

Serbia wins the Eurovision Song Contest 2007

Being from North American, where the European Broadcast Union has little or no influence, I only came to know about the contest after doing an interview with Ruslana back in 2002 or 2003. Together with friends I watched the Song Contest from Istanbul at a friends apartment, in fact this was only Ukraine’s second time…

More on 15 years of Braty bluzu

As mentioned below Braty bluzu will be 15 years old this summer. Wow how time flies. Well I learnt this morning from Myroslav Levytsky that the concert he has planned for the 15th Anniversary of Braty bluzu is not to be held in June, but actually it will be held in the same location as…

Sheshory ethno-festival to move

While the name will remain the same it turns out the annual Sheshory ethno-festival will no longer be held in the village of Sheshory, according to the www.sumno.com website. There are a few reasons for this according to the article. First of all the size of the festival has outgrown its venue. In addition the…

15 years of Braty bluzu

I have it from a pretty good source, no other than the composer and lead man of Braty bluzu, Myroslav Levytsky, that he is planning a 15th Anniversary concert for some time in June. While I have no final date, I do have a location… The gig is supposed to take place at the Architect’s…