DakhaBrakha is a four-piece Ukrainian music group that’s easy to love, but hard to categorize. Their sound is rooted in the traditional motifs and instrumentation of their homeland. But they’ve synthesized their folk roots with music of the western world in a unique and powerful new way.
The name DakhaBrakha means give/take in the old Ukrainian language.
DakhaBrakha was created in 2004 at the Kyiv Center of Contemporary Art DAKH by avant-garde theatre director, Vladyslav Troitskyi. Theatre work has left its mark on the band performances, their shows have never been staged without the scenic effects. Having experimented with Ukrainian folk music, the band has added rhythms of the surrounding world into their music to open up the potential of Ukrainian melodies and to bring it to the hearts and consciousness of the younger generation.
Accompanied by Indian, Arabic, African, Russian and Australian traditional instrumentation, the quartet’s astonishingly powerful and uncompromising vocal range creates a trans-national sound rooted in Ukrainian culture. In March 2010 DakhaBrakha won one of the most prestigious Grand Prix prize named after S.Kuriokhin in the sphere of contemporary art.