The first reason to go and see DakhaBrakhaon 26th July is that, of all the many UK gigs I went to in 2018, their show was by far the most memorable, and my personal favourite. Their concert at Southbank Centre in October last year swung between vivid peaks and bittersweet lows, and had such a theatricality to it. Often described as “ethno-chaos”, DakhaBrakha continue to be on the rise, as more and more people discover and fall in love with this Ukrainian quartet.
A second reason is that from their trademark outfits – a wonderfully bizarre twist on a traditional Ukrainian costume – to the variety of influences in their music, there is nothing “usual” about DakhaBrakha. Even just referring to voice alone… one song will feature an almost cartoonish male falsetto, another has the female members alternating an epically melancholy dirge, another a tremulous and heavy male bass, and the next may feature what can only be described as animal sounds!
And, of course, the instrumentation is second to none. Olena Tsybulska drums and plays keyboards, Iryna Kovalenko performs percussion, Nina Garenetska plays cello, and Marko Halanevych plays everything from accordion to mouth harp! And everyone sings, of course, in wonderfully thunderous harmony.
If you love world music, and want to see something surprising that you literally cannot take your eyes away from, you should definitely see this band. They play Hackney venue EartH on 26th July, and tickets are on sale now.
Ice-cold breezes and dark evenings are commonplace for Londoners in the last few weeks of November. On the evening of the 29th, a long queue gathered outside the Oval Space doors, all wearing a respectable range of woolly coats and shaggy caps, warm voices resonating in disparate languages. First come…