Berlin, Berlin, DEU

The best of contemporary world music from Ukraine. Minimal ethno, psychofolk, hip-hop, trance, acoustic trip-hop, folk music of the future


DakhaBrakha is a new name in contemporary world music. They originate from Kiev, Ukraine.

DakhaBrakha already received fame of one of the best Ukrainian world music acts, and recently by influential Russian magazine Afisha named them the best team in the sphere of world music through the former Soviet Union.

Last year they presented Ukraine at EXPO2010 in Shanghai, China and had showcase at CINARS in Canada, and this year they performed at WOMADelaide in Australia.

Confirmed this year:
2-3.07 TFF Rudolstadt festival, Germany.
4.08 Festival Aux heures dt Nantes France

"This is a phenomenal Ukrainian outfit, mixing genuine, ethnically specific material with minimalist jazz and the precision of techno-beats, too... They're making the natural folk music of the future."

Leisurely crawl with a bow on the cello, tapping rhythms of nomadic tribes, blowing fur accordion, singing in a stentorian rural votes, they are creating one large, loud etnodzhaz absolutely hypnotic persuasion, and the transition to the English Language Society and forth, alternating between quiet lamentations with dancing ditties, knit Ukrainian marriage with African funeral, folk traditions with quicksand minimalism DakhaBrakha - this is perhaps an example of what can be sought and found in the ancient traditions, and in them is important, not so much Authentic as present in the soil strength of the music.. Aleksandr Gorbachev, Afisha Moscow 10.11.2009

The name is original, outstanding and authentic at the same time. DakhaBrakha means give/take in the old Ukrainian language.

DakhaBrakha was created in 2004 at the Kyiv Center of Contemporary Art DAKH by the avant-garde theatre director Vladyslav Troitskiy. Theatre work has left its mark on the band performances their shows have never been staged without the scenic effects.
We decided to create a new style of music that consists mainly of our native Ukrainian folk motifs, with some African-styles added in. We also combine Arab, Bulgarian and Hungarian ideas. Dakha Brakha collects the components of its repertoire during our expeditions. We go out to villages, pitch our tents and visit local babushkas and ask them to sing their folk songs. We record them and use them in our compositions, - says the band.
Dakha Brakha is still somewhat of a cult phenomenon in Ukraine, appealing to a discerning audience of knowledgable fans who like their aggressive sound, which involves a lot of ritualistic tribal rhythms and frenzied, sometimes caterwauling, vocals.
They perform in native Ukrainian dress, as befitting their faith in Ukrainian culture, which they believe has enormous potential that should be explored and retained.
As well as performing gigs as a band in their own right they are also the 'house' band for the Dakh Theatre company . Dakh Theatre is known throughout Europe as one of the leading production houses of avant-garde theatre combining live music from DakhaBrakha with theatre and dance to create some intense productions. Their series of Shakespeare interpretations has brought them to many of Europe's leading venues including London's Barbican in January 2007.

DakhaBrakha are unique in their versatility they could play both at small clubs, little theatres and in front of one hundred-thousand-strong audience.

The music of DakhaBrakha is used in more than 10 films and is in the new film of famous Iranian director Mohsen Makmalbaf.

DakhaBrakha performed more than 300 concerts and performances and has taken part in numerous international festivals in Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, Hungary, Poland, France, Great Britain, Austria, Slovenia, The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, Finland, Slovakia, Italy, Chine.


"Na dobranich", "Guta Records" studio, 2005
"Yahudky", "Guta Records", 2007
"Na mezhi""Guta Records", 2008
"Light", Guta Records 2010

Set List

1,5 h set