• country:Ukraine
  • style(s):World, Contemporary
  • label:not signed
  • type:Band
  • gender:male, female
  • instrumentation:a cappella, percussion
  • artist posted by:Run Productions

Formed at an avant-garde theater in Kiev, DakhaBrakha brought measured drama and dynamics to each of its mournful songs. It’s a four-member group that plays cello, percussion and assorted accordions: small and large, with buttons or keyboards. Its three women wore white dresses, tall woolen hats and, like Britney Spears, headset microphones. The songs are steeped in Ukrainian folk tradition but not bounded by it; they deploy the piercing vocal harmonies of Balkan music, the drones and systematic unfolding of Minimalism and the drive of African and dance music. The songs built from lament to catharsis — and sometimes, just as meticulously, returned to lament. New York Times

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