Dakha Brakha is an exciting Ukrainian ethnic music band that consists of three girls Nina Garenetska, Irina Kovalenko, Olena Tsybulska and frontman Marko Halanevych. They ground their musical experimentation in the ritualistic songs of Ukraine and other Slavic neighbours and venture into a whirlwind of explosive rhythms and sounds from Asia and Africa. Their sound is at once wildly exciting and then mesmerising and mystical, melding soulful Ukrainian folk with the jazz and trance sounds that typify world music. 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.