Haydamaky

Haydamaky

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HAYDAMAKY is a Kozak-Rock band! A well known Ukrainian band through whose artwork you can hear and feel a great mixture of traditional motifs and modern musical trends. As one critic said: "Haydamaky’s music is the Europe we do not yet know".

Biography

KOZAK ROCK!!!

"Our objective is to make contemporary Ukrainian culture "cool", trendy, fashionable, and something to be adopted into other world cultures. What we want to achieve for our young Ukraine is the widest possible recognition throughout the world." - O. Yarmola, HAYDAMAKY.

The band has been performing under the name HAYDAMAKY since 2001, but it began touring Europe in the early 1990s and continues to do so today. Very different from other popular Ukrainian musicians who mostly work under the cliche of soviet style music, or those who just copy and paste Western European and American stars, HAYDAMAKY demonstrate elements of traditional Ukrainian music through a mixture influenced and also made up of different cultures coupled with modern musical styles. The band has its own alternative identity – a genuine base stemming from Kozak roots and a distinct social message. The band’s cultural impact and social position has drawn strong attention and camaraderie from Eastern and Central European intellectual elite artists such as Emir Kusturica, Hubert Von Goisern and Jurij Andruchovic. HAYDAMAKY have set the new Ukrainian trend of "KOZAK ROCK" on the European music scene.

HAYDAMAKY’s music is strongly rooted in Ukrainian Kozak culture and inspired by the ethnic sounds from different regions of Ukraine such as Polissya, Bukovyna and the Carpathian mountains, with slight compliments from the vibes of Jamaican reggae, Irish ethno-punk-rock and hot sounds from the Balkans and Moldova. A blend of traditional sounds with the heavy groove of a punky rhythm section presents HAYDAMAKY’s cultural message to the highest potential degree.

The band was formed in a time of world-changing events and the emergence of a Ukrainian national consciousness. HAYDAMAKY's audience grew from random passers-by in the streets of Berlin to crowds counted in the thousands at some of the world's largest music and film festivals such as Lowlands, Eurosonic, Mundial, Berlinale, Kustendorf, the Sziget Festival and Przystanek Woodstock.

HAYDAMAKY are well known across Europe. Their concert landscape spreads from the Black Sea to the Norwegian Sea covering Baltic and Roman-Germanic countries, bringing together the minds and ideas of people from all over the world. And HAYDAMAKY’s geography continues to grow.

We can freely and openly state that HAYDAMAKY are the only Ukrainian band touring Europe and not only performing where Ukrainian communities are found, but also playing for progressive European youth, especially those who are lovers of the LIVE! sound.

During the last couple of years HAYDAMAKY have performed at many famous European festivals. Their songs have been on various well known music charts and have been accordingly awarded. During their first month of sales HAYDAMAKY’s albums “Ukraine Calling” and “Kobzar” became one of the best albums on the World Music Chart Europe. The song Za Nashov Stodolov (from the “Ukraine Calling” album) made it onto Charlie Gillett's “The Sound of the World" on the BBC Radio playlist. One of the most honourable accomplishments for HAYDAMAKY was the award presented to the EastBlock Music label at WOMEX 2006 for the nomination of Top Label Award Winner 2006 for HAYDAMAKY's album “Ukraine Calling”.

HAYDAMAKY is a group of individuals whose talent and creativity are bringing a part of Ukraine to Europe and part of Europe to Ukraine.

HAYDAMAKY are now working on their fifth album and a brand new Kozak Rock live show, touring non-stop from Kyiv to Lisbon, from Amsterdam to Ljubljana, performing more and more...

Lyrics

Stara Rumunia

Written By: Oleksandr Yarmola

STARA RUMUNIA (ANCIENT ROMANIA)

I don't know whether I'm of good cheer.
I am chasing will-o'-the-wisp at midnight.

Do not ask about her.
Do not lament over me.

I was happy nor enough neither scantly.
It turned out that no one can help me.

Do not ask about her.
Do not lament over me.

It turned out that no one can help me.
Nobody could utter me that I'm happy.

Do not ask about her.
Do not lament over me.

I had no power to feel affection
For my heart is seared to any passion.

Do not ask about her.
Do not lament over me.

Heart is full of melodies. Hell with ballads!
He that has unfair name is half hanged.

Do not ask about her.
Do not lament over me.

Moon is walking on the sea like on ground.
Orb of day, don't draw me to black mount.

Do not ask about her.
Do not lament over me.

Boguslav

Written By: Oleksandr Yarmola

Time had stopped on a sudden
Under the thatch.
We were caught in the house
Near Bohuslav.

World around us
Took draught of enticement.
Cossack got home
From the Don river.

Refrain:
The cossack came home from the Don.
Love had extremely affected him.
The girl had made a mark on the horse
And then let him graze on poppy lea.
The green milk had effect on the cossack and lassie.
Lassie kissed the cossack, kissed his body.
Affection, affection was given and spent.
Cossack put his soul to the throne of love.
Bohuslav! Bohuslav!

God sees that people suffer from distress.
Impious world's rolling to the Gehenna.
There's only love could excite the emotions
But in the end fortune'll pass by the souls.

Refrain.

* Town in the Kyiv region. "Bohuslav" means "That glorifies the Lord".

Bozhestvenna Trompita

Written By: Oleksandr Yarmola

BOZHESTVENNA TROMPITA (HEAVENLY TREMBITA)

... the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light;
The stars of heaven will fall,
and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds ...

I look out of the window. Night is leading outdoors.
I'm alone in my bedstead. Nobody is lying close ...
Nobody will grow fond of ... No thing will come about ...
Only Heavenly Trembita cries an' hampers me to drowse.

Cuckoo's started crying "cuckoo". Seat of life is cut asunder
An' is rolling on the ground. All of this's beyond my power!
Nobody will take an interest ... Nobody is sorry for me.
Cry, O Heavenly Trembita! Do not let me be alone!

Nothing is happening, nobody's going.
Night. Silence fell. Therefore I can hear that
People are loving an' crying an' scolding,
People are turning in their mausoleums.
I've lost my patience, persistence, endurance.
I don't know whether I'm living or perishing.
Neither remains, there is nothing for it
Howbeit to fall into trance.

Lord, have mercy on us!

Malanka

Written By: Lenio/Sherstyuk

Our Malanka
Walked on the bare feet
Our Malanka
Carried the water

Carried the water
Shook off the night dew
Our Malanka
Flew like a fowl

Flew like a fowl
Wandered in heaven
Our Malanka
Sought the Creator

Vysyt' Jabko, Vysyt'

Written By: Trad. Song

VYSYT’ JABKO, VYSYT’ (APPLE HANGS UP)

Apple hangs up though
Must fall down later.
Pretty maiden must be
Pretty maiden must be
Married some time later.

Oh, highlander girl, what
Are you carrying in jug.
If you let me slake my
If you let me slake my
Thirst then I will love you.

Wedding guests are sitting
At the wedding table.
I would like to know when
I would like to know when
Does my wedding happen.

Everywhere the bell rang on the all church-towers.
Liturgies were served everywhere in cloisters.
Ever-Virgin heard this and dispatched the angel.
The saint Peter gave him holy name before long.

Apple hangs up though
Must fall down later.
Pretty maiden must be
Pretty maiden must be
Married some time later.

Cholovikovi 30 Lit

Written By: Oleksandr Yarmola

MAN IS THIRTY YEARS OLD

Man is thirty years old
Just that very case to ponder
Loving all around the world
Stop his work and burn the incense

If the incense disarranges him
Then the Father will relieve him
When a silent minute happens
He will sense majestic high-day
Man is thirty years old

Man has tilled the clearing then he has bowed to Jesus
Let the godly kernel fall down into the man's land

Man has fully burned the incense
And are walking through the gully
Plainly to the rotten morass
Where the Princesse Frog resided

Man is lost to shame and naked
He will fall in love with Princess
Oh my dear holy Father
What we have to do with bully

If the incense disarranges him
Then the Father will relieve him
When a silent minute happens
He will sense majestic high-day
Man is thirty years old

Man has tilled the clearing then he has bowed to Jesus
Let the godly kernel fall down into the man's land

Za Nashov Stodolov

Written By: Trad. Song

OVER OUR BARN

There's another village
In sight over our barn.
There's another village
In sight over our barn.
Looking here and there, looking here and there
I feel good everywhere.
Looking here and there, looking here and there
I feel good everywhere.
Oh, my dear mammy,
Do not marry me off.
Oh, my dear mammy,
Do not marry me off.
He would beat me, mammy, would not love me, mammy.
Why do you do like that.
He would beat me, mammy, would not love me, mammy.
Why do you do like that.
Oh, my mammy, let me
marry whom I desire.
Oh, my mammy, let me
marry whom I desire.
If he beat me, mammy, did not love me, mammy,
I'd not tell nobody.
If he beat me, mammy, did not love me, mammy,
I'd not tell nobody.

Zhnyva

Written By: Oleksandr Yarmola

THE HARVEST

Grace of heavens has come down to the land of God.
August morning has inclined right to the ground.
Men are coming to cut corn to the wheaten clearing.
Women are following them to bind the sheaves.

Refrain:
Hey-ho! Hesperus was rolling to the meadow!
Hey-ho! Angels were singing in the heavens!
Hey-ho! Hail 'n' good luck to our land Siloam.

Swallow in the clear sky is hailing harvest time.
Let us, brothers, work in the glory of Father.
And in the eve we'll drink of this fruit of the vine
And we will glorify our Master.

Refrain.

Let our country be blessed by will of the Lord
And have abundant crops to the ages of ages.
Out of this charity let us, brothers, bow
To the Father, 'n' to the Son, 'n' to the Holy Spirit.

Nemae Hliba - Spivaj!

Written By: Oleksandr Yarmola

SING IF YOU HAVE NO BREAD

Sing if you have no bread,
Walk if 've nowhere to lay your head.
Hungry an' bare but free as air,
You'll enter paradise after death.

Be silent if you are deaf.
Have lost your honour - abuse yourself.
Woe is you! Don't feel tender passion - sleep!
Your dreams will be unconcerned.

Admire life - flee away.
Time is elapsing day after day.
Unlucky beggar, thank the Creator
For you'D SELECTED OTHER way.

For you're unlike other men,
Unlike your neighbour who masturbates.
Do not fear candid speech, are not wandering asleep,
Don't tolerate hypocrites.

You can't accept any rule.
Your country's like a jail for you.
Do not steal an' kill howbeit know path to run away -
Just do it an' all your dreams'll come true.

Sing if you have no bread,
Walk if 've nowhere to lay your head.
Hungry an' bare but free as air,
You'll enter paradise after death.

Discography

1. Haydamaky - 2002, COMP Music/EMI, Ukraine
2. Boguslav - 2004, COMP Music/EMI, Ukraine
3. Perverziya - 2005, COMP Music/EMI, Ukraine
4. Ukraine Calling - 2006, EastBlock Music/Indigo, Germany
5. KOBZAR - 2008, EastBlok Music/Indigo, Germany
6. VooVoo i Haydamaky - 2009, Agora, Poland

Set List

Every one of HAYDAMAKY’s concerts is a powerful Kozak-Rock show. It is a brilliant presentation of Ukraine’s heroic heritage, an exquisite synthesis of Ukrainian and Balkan music treasures, a mix of rock, dub, punk and ska, an energy of words, and an explosion of power from every instrument played by seven highly professional musicians. A HAYDAMAKY concert is an instantaneous dialogue with the audience featuring riotous dancing, breathtaking solos and an unparalleled stage performance by the modern Warriors of Light. Creative VJ-ing by world class professionals and excellent lighting work make the show even more impressive. A concert by HAYDAMAKY is a truly large-scale event with no limits.

Typical Set length - 1h 45m
Our Own Material

Trompita
Nemae Hliba, Spivaj
Ja Vorota Zapyrayu
Bila-Bila
Muzyka
Malanka
Kavalok
Stodola
Efir
Jidu tramvaem
Ace of Spades
Smells Like Teen Spirit
Jihav Kozak Mistom
Kohannia
Boguslav
Sumnyj Sviatyj Vechir
Haydamacka
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