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Ukrainian bandura instruments and chorus (part 1)

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Uploaded on Apr 26, 2009

The bandura is a Ukrainian national instrument. It can be compared to a mandolin. This chorale plays and sings. The Shevchenko Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus was formed in 1918, has been thru several phases, and is centered in Detroit USA. These recordings were made in the 1950s-1970s period. It is art of the highest level.

1) Oy Divchino, shumit hiy - Hey girl, the wind is rustling thru the grove. Forget your other lovers...will you marry me?
This melody became popular in Europe as "Listen".
2) Chervona Kalina - The Red Rose is hanging low because Ukraine is sad. Let's lift it up. (guelder rose)
3) Vstavay Narode - Arise, Nation.

The group has a website at www.bandura.org.
For more on the subject you can see the 1962 kozak movie "Taras Bulba".
No, don't call it Russian or a balalaika. (

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