At this year's Taranaki WOMAD, audiences were thrilled by Ukraine's avant-garde folk quartet DakhaBrakha, with their trademark headgear - towering, Astrakhan hats made of coarse black lamb's wool. The three-women-one-man ensemble began in the world of theatre exploring Ukrainian folk culture. More than a decade later, they've become a worldwide hit on the festival circuit - just ask RollingStone Magazine who named them "Best Breakout" at Manchester's Boonaroo Music & Arts Festival 2014.
This Saturday at 2pm Global Sounds has highlights from two of their five albums: Na Mezhi (Guta Records Studio, Centre of Contemporary Art "Dakh," 2009) and Light (Shugar Studio, Centre of Contemporary Art "Dakh," 2010).
Hear them below with RNZ's Trevor Reekie:
Marko Halanevych - vocals, darbuka (goblet drum), tabla, didgeridoo, accordion, trombone
Iryna Kovalenko - vocals, djembe, bass drums, accordion, percussion, bugay (Cossack drum), zhaleika (folk clarinet), piano
Olena Tsibulska - vocals, bass drums, percussion, garmoshka (Russian squeeze box)
Nina Garenetska - vocals, cello, bass drum
All traditional Ukrainian melodies arranged by DakhaBrakha
Vesna (Na Mezhi)
Vals (Na Mezhi)
Zainka (Na Mezhi)
Divka Marusechka (Na Mezhi)
Buvayte Zdorovi (Light)
Check them out here and join us for more at 2pm this Saturday on RNZ Concert: