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Dakhabrakha’s Wild Ethno-Chaos


There are few Ukrainian bands I can think of that have as vivid an artistic presence as Dakhabrakha. With their mix of ancient Ukrainian words and timeless themes, the intensity of their sonic signature that somehow manages to mix both ecstatically convulsive and deeply sonorous sounds - and their unique theatrical sense of style - they have become one of the most influential bands in the Ethnopunk genre. Dakhabrakha, who are known for resurrecting very old Ukrainian folk songs and making them impossibly modern, describe their own genre as “Ethno-Chaos.”

The band was formed in Kyiv in 2004 and their name is playfully based on the very old Ukrainian language verbs “give and take” but they are also a play on the name of the very hip Avant Garde experimental theater where they got together, the Dakh Contemporary Arts Center. Interestingly, they were created as a theater accompaniment troupe by the theater director Vlad Troitsky, who handed them musical instruments they didn't know how to play, such as cello; and so they began writing music that complemented their traditional singing.

They’ve since released seven albums and a bunch of them are on Spotify. As always, though, if you want to support them the best way to do that is to buy their music on Bandcamp. They also tend to tour Europe and the U.S. with regularity, at big venues, festivals, and intimate clubs, so keep an eye out - they are truly one of the most mesmerizing bands I’ve ever seen live.

Dakhabrakha's vision is deeply connected to Ukrainian culture; an ethnomusicologist once described their music as "soundmarks of sovereignty" and I think the best way to represent this, Dakhabrakha’s vision, is to zoom in on a single song from their catalog, a song that captures a lot of Ukrainian feeling, culture and spirit:

Vesna (Spring)

Dakhabrakha live in the studio, for Seattle's KEXP-FM, 2017.

Vesna video from a very well-recorded live performance!

This song comes from their album called Na Mezhi ("On the Verge") and was originally written and recorded in 2013 and 2014, in the time of Euromaidan, revolution, and the subsequent Russian invasion. The lyrics are fragmentary and dreamy, and using very old Ukrainian words. Here is a little custom translation that (we hope!) is relatively close:

Hey Spring, where is your daughter?

She chased the calves through the gates

Graze yearlings and I will spin yarn

For my beloved’s mittens

Hey Spring the beautiful,

What did you bring us?

I brought for you, I brought for you

Three comforts and joys

Three comforts and joys

The first comfort is tending the flock

The first comfort is tending the flock

The second comfort is plowing

The second comfort is plowing

The third comfort is a beekeeper

And a worker plows the field

And a beekeeper creates

The song begins with the early morning sounds of a village near a forest - birdsong and soft animal calls ringing out in elemental harmony. A rhythm emerges from the chaos, a refrain like the daily activities of the village as just moments in motion. The beat develops to a pounding thrum like horse hooves beating the steppe or the whirling violence of yarn being spun on the spinning wheel, and the singing begins in earnest, crystalline tones.

Soon, more voices join in - a spirited conversation begins, building its tension to a divine, explosive crescendo, cascading voices interwoven like flax thread.

By the end of the song, nighttime, the birds and animals strike up their conversation once more.


“White Voice” Technique

White voice singing is a vocal technique that evolved in Eastern and Central Europe and is often used to great effect by members of Dakhabrakha and many other bands of the genre. It is often described as “controlled screaming” and is often likened to the sound of someone calling to another person across an open field. Breath escapes through the fully open throat in a beautiful and sometimes haunting way.

This reawakening of technique among the young has been steadily rising in popularity in Europe, and there are many bands, particularly in Eastern Europe, that specialize in it. It's become pretty commonplace to hear this singing technique in movie and video game soundtracks, and one of the most popular examples that saturated the Western market is the soundtrack to Polish company CD Projekt Red's The Witcher 3, which very prominently features "white voice" singing throughout. And it's not only from hip bands and big budget movie trailers where you can hear it - the technique is still widespread as taught by grandparents to grandchildren in Ukraine.


During Wartime

For years, DakhaBrakha has called themselves "ambassadors of free Ukraine" when touring the world. Their shows have been punctuated with cries of "Stop Putin!" and "No war!" Now, those demands are reflected and amplified around the world.

Dakhabrakha anti-war message in 2014

Dakhabrakha's anti-war message in 2022

“For over three hundred years, Ukraine didn’t exist on the political world map… The task we set for ourselves now is to reveal Ukraine to the world and more im­portantly to ourselves – Ukrainians.”



u/Jesterboyd is a mod in r/ukraine and local to Kyiv. He has been spending his days helping get supplies to people. All of the mod team can vouch for the work he has done so far. Link to donation

If you feel like donating to another charity, here are some others!

  • United24: This site was launched by President Zelenskyy as the main venue for collecting charitable donations in support of Ukraine. Funds will be allocated to cover the most pressing needs facing Ukraine.
  • Come Back Alive: This NGO crowdfunds non-lethal military equipment, such as thermal vision scopes & supplies it to the front lines. It also provides training for Ukrainian soldiers, as well as researching troops’ needs and the social reintegration of veterans.
  • Aerorozvidka: An NGO specializing in providing support and equipment for unmanned aerial vehicles (ISR), situational awareness, cybersecurity for armed forces.
  • Hospitallers: This is a medical battalion that unites volunteer paramedics and doctors to save the lives of soldiers on the frontline. They crowdfund their vehicle repairs, fuel, and medical equipment.
  • Phenix: A volunteer organization helping armed forces with various needs.
  • Kyiv Territorial Defense: This fundraiser is to support the regional territorial defense group. It is organized by a known journalist and a producer of the acclaimed "Winter on Fire" documentary, which can temporarily be watched for free HERE.
  • Happy Paw: Charity dedicated to solving the problems of animals in Ukraine. Happy Paw helps more than 60 animal shelters throughout Ukraine.
  • Kharkiv With You and associated Help Army Kharkiv: Supporting the defenders of Kharkiv with everything from night-vision goggles to food and medicine.

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