I heard U2's Pride (In the Name of Love) the other day, coming from someone's car radio near Maidan. It was quite a change after five days of Ukrainian bands, very good and not so, playing day and night - and I wished Bono had come over here - man, wouldn't that be cool... Of the Russians, I'd love to see Zemfira and B-2... Anyone would do, actually... And if not, our bands are cool, too - VV, Okean Elzy, Tanok na Maidani Congo, etc. Oh, and I wish Gogol Bordello
, a NYC band, came here to play on Maidan - they are currently my favorite - Through the roof! And underground!
- and their lead singer is Ukrainian!
Neeka, what about ????? ???? (druha rika)? Do you like this band?ReplyDelete
Has all of the music onstage at the demonstrations been pop/rock? Has there been any authentic traditional music played from the stage?
Any truth to the statements made here?ReplyDelete
to the previous commentator.ReplyDelete
Yes, there is some small truth to cover a big lie. This Laughland guy is known as a big liar for a long time, being most probably on a putin's payroll (or desperately trying to). Follow a few links on this blog to see what other think. Btw, the guy is being watching closely for getting british helsinki group involved in his lies.
Funny, my experience tonight also touched on music. With half a mind focused on the protests, it wasn't surprising that even a Prokofiev opera at the Bolshoi would take on political color (pun intended): only, instead of Linette, Nicolette and Ninette, Our Love for Three Oranges took the form of Moroz, Tymoshenko and, of course, Yushchenko.;-)ReplyDelete
Hopefully soon you will be celebrating to song and dance. We are with you. An American and a Lithuanian. :)ReplyDelete
The pictures are magnificent!!!
Neeka -- I just want to thank you for putting a human face on these events. My mother left Ukraine in 1940 when she was eight, she never talked much about life there, and we've lost all contact with any family members who might have managed to survive the war and the hardships prior to that. I grew up in Tennessee, hundreds of miles from any sizable Ukrainian population, so other than a few icons in the house, and my mother's not very successful attempts at making piroshki and teaching me the little Ukrainian she still knows, the country was nothing more than a dim abstraction to me.ReplyDelete
So it's meant a lot to me to be able to read and see about the daily lives of ordinary people, and how they are reacting to this crisis, beyond what is reported in the papers and on TV. I feel like a little bit of the veil over the country (and my mother's life) has been lifted for me, and I'm sincerely grateful for that.
I like Druha Rika (also I see spelled like Druga Rika) and Ruslana. Inward Path is another one of my fave Ukrainian bands, but I don't know what they are doing now, though I want to buy some of their CDs.ReplyDelete