Привіт! Це Іванна Войцехович. Hello! Ivanna Voitsekhovich here. Do you have any Ukrainian bands in your music player playlist?
It’s no secret that listening to songs is one of the most enjoyable ways to learn another language. It works on so many different levels! First, he gives you some new words learn. Second, you can see grammar rules in action. Third, singing together improves yours pronunciation! And last but not least, it’s nice and easy 🙂 The only tricky part might be finding iting a band you will love. Here are my favorites!
This may be one of the most popular Ukrainian bands. Being founded in 1989, it is also one of the oldest bands. His only permanent member was the frontman Andrii “Kuzma” Kuzmenko with several musicians around him. It’s hard to describe something as changeable as Скрябін. Unfortunately, Кузьма died in 2015.
It seems that at first they aimed at the Ukrainian Depeche Mode. In fact, they were the first Ukrainian electronic band. As time went by, they started playing more rock and pop, so every music lover can find something to love.
I can’t name a favorite song. Instead, you can listen to their most famous songs Люди як кораблі is Спи собі сама on our website (with English translation, Yay!)
Тартак (Tartak, “sawmill”)
I fell in love with these five guys when I was a teenager. They are a great example of Ukrainian alternative rock, rap, is hip hop. They started in the 90’s when Ukrainian music was just starting to find its own sound. Although the frontman Oleksandr Polozhynskyi now he’s 48, fans still call him Sashko (which is a nickname, usually only used for boys) and is still capable of setting the stage on fire, believe me.
Originally Тартак comes from Lutsk, so their language is what you can hear in northwestern Ukraine (or wherever you listen to your playlists with this band). I recommend starting with their hit song Наше літо.
Танок на майдані Конго (aka ТНМК) (Tanok na Maidani Kongo, “a dance in a square in the Congo”)
These musicians don’t tell the story of their long and intriguing name. It is said to be so TNMK because they wanted to sing in English and become part of a foreign hip-hop scene. Unfortunately (or not? 😉), it didn’t happen, and TNMK became the leader hip-hop group in Ukraine.
They originated in Kharkiv, so their language is an example of what you will hear in eastern Ukraine. Their albums have little comic interludes between songs which are a defining feature of this band. The first album included a small dictionary with their dialect and made up words. If you are not afraid of a lot of texts, you are ready for a surprise! My favourite is Та Ти Шо!, which can be translated as ‘Go out! There is no way! ‘
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Один в каное (Odyn v kanoe, “alone in a canoe”)
In contrast to the previous bands, this one really sounds soft is serene, like something you would listen to while watching the rain and sipping a cup of tea. Despite being fairly new (their first and only album was released in 2016), they are quite famous.
The band plays relaxing indie rock. Their independence is real – they have no managers or producers – and they take care of all business matters on their own. These musicians write beautiful inspiring lyrics.
Their greatest success could be Човен – a song that incorporates a poem by Ivan Franko – a great Ukrainian poet of the 19th century. On our website, you may also find their other song, Небо, with translation.
This band is quite similar to Один в каное. They play indie rock with mesmerizing female voices. Their music makes me want to hug a friend and say I love them.
The vast majority of their songs are about love (like most songs in the world, I guess). However, this isn’t just romantic love. They promote pacifism is vegetarianism, even with simple slogans like “If you don’t have to kill, don’t kill“(“Якщо можна не вбивати – не вбивай”) is “Let all the living live” (“Все живе – хай живе“) In their track Риба.
Hope you have found at least one band that you will now add to your playlists. Truly, the Ukrainian music stage has a lot to offer!
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