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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Okean Elzy sings for changes

Activists do what they can to make the world a better place ... and as this Kyiv Post article illustrates, one of Ukraine's most popular music groups, Okean Elzy, is no exception:

Okean Elzy frontman Svyatoslav Vakarchuk proved once again that he’s one of the most politically-aware musicians, by releasing a video for his serious topical song called “Jolly Times Have Come, Brother” written by him and performed by Okean Elzy.

The matter was considered so serious that the video premiered not at the musical channel as it usually happens but on air of an analytical TV-program ...

According to Vakarchuk, the lyrics he has written describe modern-day realities and address the whole generation, calling for change. This notion is not especially original, as any Ukrainian knows by heart another song urging for change, “Want Changes,” released by Soviet rock-band Kino in 1989. This song was truly relevant at the time, and most importantly striking changes did come two years later.

It’s hard to say when and what exactly will change in Ukraine, and if it will be influenced at all by Okean Elzy songs, though why not? After all, Ukrainian politicians now often appear very much like show-biz figures.

Okean Elzy can be heard on Vancouver radio programs Nash Holos and Chetverta Khvylia ...

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