Hadiukyny’s lead man passes

Photo from Sumno.com While I have been silent for some time, this I cannot be silent about, as it touches anyone who followed Ukrainian contemporary music back in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Today through various sources – but primarily by word of mouth from a friend of mine from Ternopil, that the lead…

A funny thing happened to me at the Top…

Well once again I have found the energy and reason to write something related to music. Even though the Eurovision Song Contest is just around the corner, I’ve become fatigued by all of that hoopla. In fact I lived through it for the period it was here in Ukraine as the the English language Web…

The will of the people

While Tantsi Zirkamy is a show which has helped 1+1 go to the top in the TV ratings, I consider it little more than kitsch which does little contribute to contemporary Ukrainian culture, the last episode over the weekend proved that no matter what the judges think Oleh Skrypka is going to the finals. Many…

The vote that changed Ukraine

Fifteeen years ago today, Ukrainians voted to approved their country’s independence, and voted for its first President, Leonid Kravchuk. During those years there was a renaissance on the Ukrainian music scene, groups like Mertviy Piven [Dead Rooster], Plach Yeremii [Jermiah’s Cry], Braty Hadiukyny, and others were breaking on to the scene, just to mention a…