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…

It’s that time again, the Eurovision Song Contest

Well, it’s once again time to play: Name That Tune! No in all seriousness, or silliness, when it comes to true hardcore music fans and musicians, the time has come around for the 2009 version of the Eurovision Song Contest, now in its 54th year. Now let’s go down to ringside here at the WMSC…

The Right Sound

Last week it would have been great if I had managed to attend the Bryan Adams concert at Palats Sportu in Kyiv, but just to many things going on. I have heard nothing about how the show was or what the attendance was like, but at the same time it’s not like there is ever…

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…

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…

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…

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…