Ukrainian Punk Folk Circus Rock
DakhaBrakha is a world music quartet from Kiev, Ukraine. Their music is equal parts elemental sound and soul and Ukranian “ethnic chaos,” creating a new world sound that is unexpected and fresh.
Taking their name from the old Ukrainian language (the literal translation is “give/take”), DakhaBrakha was created at the Kiev Center of Contemporary Art by theatre director Vladislav Troitskyi. The theater figures prominently in their show, from their costumes to their staging.
While their basis is in Ukrainian folk music, the band has added rhythms of the surrounding world into their music. Dakhabrakha illuminate traditional Ukrainian melodies with their updated arrangements, keeping the music alive for new generations.
Accompanied by Indian, Arabic, African, Russian and Australian traditional instrumentation, the quartet’s astonishingly powerful and uncompromising vocal range creates a trans-national sound.
At the crossroads of Ukrainian folklore and theater their musical spectrum is intimate then riotous, plumbing the depths of contemporary roots and rhythms, inspiring “cultural and artistic liberation.”
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“this four-piece punk-folk-circus-rock band makes Gogol Bordello look like slow, lazy slugs by comparison… searing, otherworldly four-part harmonies and lots of percussion” – New York Music Daily
“DakhaBrakha’s sirens, oceans, and universal forgetfulness is something that everyone wants to experience from time to time… truly a special and borderline groundbreaking listening experience.” -Muzik Dizcovery
“visually striking and sonically mesmerizing” – Broadway World