Voices from Russia

Friday, 1 May 2015

1 May 2015. Some of My favourite Things… Russian Folk Singing from the Orenburg State Academic Folk Choir

00j Kamyanitsa Folk Festival. Belarus. 17.09.12

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This isn’t “Folk Music” per se… it’s an “urban” recasting of folk themes, from the late tsarist and Soviet periods. Nevertheless, all Russian people love this kind of thing. Yes, the state supports such ensembles, for that is one of the legitimate tasks of the state, to support and foster healthy cultural developments… that’s why godly Russia is ahead of godless Republican America… the Republicans slash everything in their disordered mad lust for more wealth. That’s why all “conservatism” is evil and without redemption. Compare this to Kim Kardashian and Duck Dynasty… there’s no comparison, is there? This is the state in action… it’s why the Church BLESSES the state… it CONDEMNS anarchy… let’s not be coy, Libertarianism is nothing but “moneyed anarchy”… think on that.

BMD

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

14 April 2015. Some of Favourite Things… Latest Uploads from Bayan Miks

00 Bayan Miks 04. 10.08.14

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Bayan Miks and the Buranovskie Babushki… slow starter… takes 40 seconds for the music to start…

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Friday, 10 April 2015

10 April 2015. Lyube… “Hymn to the Motherland”

00 rock group Lyube. Russia. 10.04.15

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Lyube is one of my fave bands. They’re from Lyubertsy, a working-class outlier of Moscow in Moscow Oblast. It stands to Moscow in the same relation that Jersey City and Hoboken stand to New York. It’s a sweaty blue-collar “shot n’ a beer” kind of town. Their frontman, N V Rastorguyev is a People’s Artist of Russia (he looks like somebody who lives down the street). They look like a buncha guys from Jersey, and that’s what they are… ordinary guys from Nowhereville who haven’t forgotten where they came from. Here’s one of their patriotic songs. In February 2015, Lyube’s new album Tvoyu Mat (Your Mother) included new anti-Banderovtsy songs.

BMD

10 April 2015. S I Umkhanov… “Miserere”… “Have Mercy on Me”

00 Sharip Umkhanov. Chechen. Russia. 10.04.15

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S I Umkhanov is a rising youngish star in the Russian music world. He’s an ethnic Chechen, who went to Moscow to work in construction. He entered a singing contest, and the rest is history.

BMD

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