DakhaBrakha is a quartet from Kyiv, Ukraine. Reflecting fundamental elements of sound and soul, Ukrainian “ethno-chaos” band DakhaBrakha creates a world of unexpected new music.
DakhaBrakha was created in 2004 at the Kyiv Center of Contemporary Art “DAKH” by the avant-garde theatre director, Vladyslav Troitskyi, and given the name that means “give/take” in the old Ukrainian language. Theatre work has left its mark on the band performances, staging shows with a strong visual element.
After experimenting with Ukrainian folk music, the band has added rhythms of the surrounding world into their music, thus creating the bright, unique and unforgettable sound of DakhaBrakha. They strive to help open up the potential of Ukrainian melodies and to bring it to the hearts and consciousness of the younger generation in Ukraine and the rest of the world as well.
Accompanied by Indian, Arabic, African and Ukranian traditional instrumentation, the quartet’s astonishingly powerful and uncompromising vocal range creates a transnational sound rooted in Ukrainian culture. At the crossroads of Ukrainian folklore and theatre, their musical spectrum is at first intimate then riotous, plumbing the depths of contemporary roots and rhythms, inspiring “cultural and artistic liberation."
"Drawing on a broad palette that begins with Ukrainian folk melodies but extends to include hints of Bedouin, Mongolian, and other music traditions, the group plays a percussive brand of mood music, ranging from slow, eerie blues to energetic collisions of voice and instrumentation that amount to a kind of muffled heavy metal."—Boston Globe
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