Chornobyl Songs Project: Living Culture from a Lost World

Ensemble Hilka SFW50420

Under the musical direction of Yevhen Yefremov, an ethnomusicologist and singer whose field expeditions into Kyivan Polissia (“the Chornobyl Zone”) began in the 1970s and have continued to the present day, Ensemble Hilka presents the sketch of a ritual year as a song cycle that may have been performed in a typical Polissian village for centuries leading up to the Chornobyl nuclear disaster in 1986.

Please enjoy a free download of the song “Strila/Spring ritual song”

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Year Released 2015
Record Label Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2015 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Genre(s) World
Country(s) Ukraine; USSR (former)
Culture Group(s) Ukrainian
Instrument(s) Fiddle; Vocals
Language(s) Ukrainian

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101 Oi pan khaziaïn, chy ie ty vdoma? – Winter song for the master of the house Ensemble Hilka 3:04
102 Oi na richtsi, na Iordani – Church carol Ensemble Hilka 1:43
103 Oi dai Bozhe vesnu pochat’ – Spring calling song Ensemble Hilka 0:47
104 Strila – Spring ritual song Ensemble Hilka 2:58
105 Vasyl’, Vasyl’ – Spring song Ensemble Hilka 3:04
106 Kalyna-malyna nad iarom stoiala – Lyrical song Ensemble Hilka 4:34
107 Oi po horke, po krutoi – Soldier’s song Ensemble Hilka 2:48
108 Provedu ia rusalochky – Early summer song Ensemble Hilka 1:15
109 Nasha khata na pomosti – Lyrical song Ensemble Hilka 3:12
110 Ne kuî, ne kuî, da zezul’ko rebaia – Solo song Ensemble Hilka 2:22
111 Kalyna-malyna luhovaia – Solo song Ensemble Hilka 2:25
112 D’oi ty bereza tonkaia, kudravaia – Summer field song Ensemble Hilka 2:29
113 A v chuzhoho sokola – Harvest song Ensemble Hilka 0:52
114 Oi z-za dnoï horki... – Lyrical song Ensemble Hilka 3:18
115 Da kosyv kosar – Salt trader’s song Ensemble Hilka 4:30
116 Rozpletala mene diadina – Wedding song Ensemble Hilka 0:45
117 Oi shcho my skhotily – Wedding song Ensemble Hilka 0:44
118 Kotu, kotu, kotochku – Lullaby Ensemble Hilka 1:00
119 Oi pan khaziaïn… – Winter song (reprise) Ensemble Hilka 0:48
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