“Ukrainian folk drone Björkpunk quartet DakhaBrakha went into Bonnaroo as unknowns but ended up with one of the most receptive crowds of the weekend.”— Rolling Stone
A quartet from Kiev, Ukraine, that reflects fundamental elements of sound and soul, DakhaBrakha creates a world of unexpected new music. This Ukrainian “ethno chaos” band was created in 2004 at the Kiiv Center of Contemporary Art “DAKH” by the avant-garde theatre director Vladyslav Troitskyi.
DakhaBrakha means “give/take” in the old Ukrainian language. Theatre work has left its mark on the band performances as their shows are always staged with a strong visual element.
After experimenting with Ukrainian folk music, the band has added rhythms of the surrounding world into their music, thus creating the bright, unique and unforgettable sound of DakhaBrakha. Accompanied by Indian, Arabic, African and Russian traditional instrumentation, the quartet’s astonishingly powerful and uncompromising vocal range creates a trans-national sound rooted in Ukrainian culture. At the crossroads of Ukrainian folklore and theatre, their musical spectrum is at first intimate then riotous, plumbing the depths of contemporary roots and rhythms, inspiring “cultural and artistic liberation.”