The story of Serhiy Taftay’s guitar

Many years before Braty bluzu was formed Serhiy Taftay played with many different groups. In the early 1980s while playing with one group in Western Ukraine he simply wanted to have the best possible instrument, so he somehow managed to scrape together 6,000 Rubles to by himself a Gibson Les Paul guitar and he did.…

15th Anniversary Reunion Gig

Well it’s now final, well at least according lead man and composer of Braty bluzu. The 15th Anniversary reunion concert of Braty bluzu will be taking place on Tuesday July 24, 2007. The last time these guys played together, if I am not mistaken, was a gig in New York City in about 2003. While…

Zdob şi Zdub

Well I can’t catch every concert in town, Zdob şi Zdub were playing at Baboon Kvartira on Podil last night promoting their new CD Ethnomechanica. Clearly the Moldovan band found enough of a following when they were here in Kyiv for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005. While it is clearly not Ukrainian music, it…

When will the posters disappear – Cry Fire

Well, last night one of Russia’s musical oligarch’s, Yosef Kobzon had his anniversary concert in Kyiv. Unfortunately the posters promoting it will be around to remind everyone just how great he is. I hope they come down soon I am getting sick of looking at his ugly mug. In the entry on Wikipedia above there…

The Sir Elton John Show – or What Ukrainian Billionaires do for fun

Like almost two hundred thousand other people in Kyiv I headed down towards Maydan Nezalezhnosti on Saturday June 16 in order to see a living legend. Yes, at 60 years old one can consider Sir Elton John can be considered a living legend. I had earlier predicted that I would probably watch the concert on…

Elton John – AIDS awareness

A number of months back a good friend of mine told me that Elton John would be coming to Kyiv for a concert, though he wasn’t sure of who was bringing Sir Elton in. First there was speculation that it was the mobile operator Life, and Ukraine’s richest man Renat Akhmetov, after all last summer…

The Pillaging of Ukraine

I wonder when the pillaging of Ukraine will stop. Recently while walking along Kyiv’s streets I have seen posters for Yosef Kobzon‘s anniversary concert in Kyiv. I am seeing this guy’s ugly mug everywhere, and I can’t believe that in Donetsk they even put up a statue to the guy, who heads one of the…