DakhaBrakha performing live in the KEXP studio. Recorded April 23, 2017.

DakhaBrakha is a Ukrainian folk quartet which combines the musical styles of several ethnic groups. It was a winner of the Sergey Kuryokhin Prize in 2009.

The group’s name derives from Ukrainian verbs Давати and Брати, meaning “give” and “take”, respectively – while also playing on the Art Centre’s name “Dakh” (literally ‘roof’ in Ukrainian).

DakhaBrakha is a project of the DAKh Center for Contemporary Art, led by Vladyslav Troitskyi and born as a live theater music crew. V. Troiskyi continues to be the band’s producer. Members of DakhaBrakha participate in the Centre’s other projects, notably in the all-female cabaret project Dakh Daughters, as well as in the annual Gogolfest festival.

Marko Halanevych – vocal, goblet drum, tabla, didgeridoo, harmonica, accordion, cajón
Olena Tsybulska – vocal, percussion
Iryna Kovalenko – vocal, djembe, flute, buhay, piano, ukulele
Nina Harenetska – vocal, cello

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