In the years since they came together in 2004, DakhaBrakha has toured the world many times over, with political activism, including calls to “Stop Putin!,” part of their longtime messaging. The group has turned up the volume on their activism in the months leading up to the Russian-Ukrainian war, and a month into the conflict, were able to escape from their home city of Kyiv to start touring once again. They are now performing  throughout the world to support Ukraine and raise money and awareness as cultural and humanitarian ambassadors. Their music has stood to unite Ukranians while gaining support and solidarity for their homeland.

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From the band:

“It is important to understand that we can’t play our usual program now and it will be rather special without fast funny tracks, no party… and video will be about war in Ukraine now.

What is happening in Ukraine now – this war of Russia to destroy Ukraine – is a catastrophe for the whole democratic world, all humanity, not only ours, Ukrainian.

However, Ukraine is now fighting this monster itself. Therefore, we need help to win this fight, to protect refugees, to get weapons, and medical care.

Our performance is a testament to the crime of Russian troops, the humanitarian catastrophe they caused, the horrific deaths of civilians in Kharkiv, Mariupol, Chernihiv, Sumy, Bucha, Gostomel and many other parts of the country.

At the same time, our performance is a hymn to our defenders and to the Ukrainian people, who stand courageously and restrain this evil.

We are here today because we are musicians and artists. It is very important for us to feel support and solidarity with Ukraine. The Ukrainian people became victims of Russian aggression and heroes of resistance at the same time. Because slaves cannot defeat free people.”

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