July 3, 2022


Members of the Ukrainian band “Kalash Orchestra” celebrate their qualification during the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 at the Palalpitour venue in Turin on Tuesday. The second semi-final is on Thursday, with the grand final set on Saturday.

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Members of the Ukrainian band “Kalash Orchestra” celebrate their qualification during the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 at the Palalpitour venue in Turin on Tuesday. The second semi-final is on Thursday, with the grand final set on Saturday.

Marco Bertorello / AFP via Getty Images

ten countries advanced last night From the first round of the Eurovision semi-finals to the final round of the songwriting competition, which will take place on Saturday in Turin, Italy.

Among them was Ukraine, which was represented by the rap-folk band Kalush Orchestra. three-member group – with them iconic pink bucket hatEnergetic breakdancer and colorful traditional clothing β€” Bookmaker Parimatch favors winning the contest with Ukraine put down your barriers at 73% on Wednesday. ,votes are cast by professional jury and audiences from the participating countries.)


they receive standing ovation After last night’s performance, during which Ukraine’s Eurovision commentator could be seen Broadcasting from a bomb shelter. And it wasn’t just Ukrainian fans in his favor: acts from other countries, including Lithuania And Icelandshowed its support for Ukraine with statements and symbols.

main group membersWhich was founded as Kalash in 2019, is Ole Psyuk, multi-instrumentalist Ihor Didenchuk and dancer Vlad Kurochka, also known as MC Kilimmen.

He launched the Kalyush Orchestra, which combines hip-hop with elements of traditional Ukrainian folk music, in 2021, with additional musicians, including Tymofi Muzychuk, Vitaly Duzik, and Zhonny Divny.

The band’s Eurovision entry, “Stefania,” is a unique earworm that combines old Ukrainian melodies and traditional flute with contemporary beats and rap. Performances included both folk dance and break dance, and the musicians wore a mix of embroidered Cossack shirts and modern streetwear.


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Psiuk wrote “Stefania” about his mother before Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Since then, many Ukrainians have come to link the song – with translated lyrics like “I will always walk to you through broken roads” and “The field is blooming, but it is turning gray” – with my homeland.

“After it all started with war and hostilities, it took on additional meaning, and many people began to see it in the sense of country as its mother, Ukraine,” Psych reported. The Associated Press Last week. “It has become really close to the hearts of so many people in Ukraine.”

The song has wide popularity in the countries of Northern Europe, Where it’s Climbing Multiple Spotify Charts,

While Eurovision calls himself A non-political event, Russia’s war in Ukraine has grown into international competition. organizers banned russian acts Back in February, and the Kalush Orchestra replaced Ukraine’s original competitor, Alina Pash, after the country’s national broadcaster suspended her while investigating a 2015 trip to Crimea.

The all-male group required special permission from the Ukrainian authorities to travel to Italy for the competition, as the country has banned men of fighting age from leaving the country. One original band member left behind to fight, the AP reports, and all plan to return to Ukraine after Eurovision ends.

While they are hoping to boost Ukrainians’ morale with the victory, they have said in interviews that shining a global spotlight on the country’s culture and identity is a form of victory in itself.

“We understand that we must be completely focused and focused, because we are here to show that Ukrainian culture and Ukrainian music exist,” Psiuk said in the press conference, according to an English translation. “They are alive and they have a very beautiful and special signature. So we are totally focused on that purpose.”

This story was originally published in morning edition live blog,


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