Music

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INLOVE WITH ONUKA

“ONUKA,” a fairly new band, only appeared on Ukraine’s music scene in 2013, but has already firmly planted itself into the world of show business. On stage, the band’s soloist, Natalia Zhyzhchenko, grabs one’s attention immediately with her fashionable and extravagant costumes. Yet, after one hears the first few chords of the unique combination of […]

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LIVING UNDAUNTEDLY – SHAGGY

We sat down with six-time Platinum album singer Shaggy for a philosophical heart-to-heart about how he sees things now after 25 years in the music biz. The Shaggy we all know and love is best known for his Platinum album Hot Shot, which won a Grammy in 1996. This album featured the well-known singles “It […]

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HAPPY VIBES

Things can get really tough prior to the winter holidays: you have too many presents to buy and too many cards to sign, and the days seem way too short to accomplish everything you’ve got planned. If you know the feeling, you are probably also familiar with the tips all the productivity experts share for […]

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CHRISTMAS CAROL

Carol of the Bells or Shchedryk (Mykola Leontovych 1877-1921) We continue to publish articles from the book “Ukraine. Pages from the Family Album” which is about to be published soon. This book has been put together by Valentyna Kyrylova. Mykola Leontovych, was a Ukrainian genius with a bright and pure soul. However, his life was […]

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DZIDZIO – SECRET TO HAPPINESS

During the Soyuzivka festival we met a very popular Ukrainian band, called: DZIDZIO. These musicians were welcomed with warm cheers by the audience and caused a lot of excitement, even though it wasn’t their first visit to the USA. We are happy to see you back in America. Please, share with our readers your impressions […]

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THE ROAD TO FREEDOM – MANDRY

“Our task is to bring the truth about the events in Ukraine through arts and culture, and the Ukrainian diaspora helps a great deal with it.” Serhiy Fomenko. The 9th annual Ukrainian “Soyuzivka” festival took place in the United States on July 10-12, 2015. A well-known American audience and other prominent Ukrainian and American guests attended the festival. Sergiy (Foma) […]

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SOUNDS OF JAZZ – ALFA JAZZ FEST – LVIV

Each city has its own special and unique character, unique set of sounds, that are typical only for a certain place and can be defined as part of this particular character and expression of the city’s original temperament. This character is highlighted by the unique series of ultrathin vibrations and oscillations, and original music, which […]

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MUSIC AGAINST THE WAR

The music scene has its own laws which are at the same time connected with invisible verges of the feeling when everything is permitted and of creative excitement. It’s enough to close your eyes and feel the special atmosphere during each performance of the young virtuosos from Ukraine. Then you realize at once that it […]

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DOWN TO EARTH WITH JORDIN SPARKS

Jordin Sparks is a singer/actress who won American Idol in 2007 when she was 17. Now she’s 25, and I wanted to see how her life has changed from then to now. Ms. Sparks has always been in the spotlight, even before she started her singing career. Her father, Phillippi Sparks, was a pro-football player […]

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UNFORGETTABLE KVITKA

New York, 2006 – the sons of prominent aircraft manufacturer, Igor Sikorsky – Nikolai and Igor, they gave me a book about their father, which begins with these words: “Evidently, there is a law of nature: bright, talented individuals who leave behind an imprint, usually have a brilliant and short or an incongruously hard life […]