Ukraiina is synonymous with music.
Music for when you are happy.
Music for when you are sad.
Music all the time.
As a kid, I was dragged from choral concert to poetry concert. Poetry and music were always around. I was even put on stage to recite poetry.
As a kid, I sang in the PLAST (Scouts) choir. And more importantly, around the campfire, in the pubs and cafes of whatever spot we ended up in.
Church, school, folk clubs, blues bars, choirs, engineering, rugby and playing soldiers, extended the repertoire, and languages. I even had a guitar, upon which I could manage the three-chord-trek. Everyone had a guitar. Most a piano too.
Singing continues to this day. Though usually on the motorcycle.
Singing is part of the Ukrainian psyche.
So here is a “must have” selection……
This from time immemorial, is sung at funerals – ‘Forever remembered’ – “Vich-na-ya Pam-yat” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuwVQPkdOQU
That was music that every generation will know.
A more recent (1968), and HUGELY popular tune in the whole of the old Soviet Union, and much later, was this Ukrainian song, Chervona Ruta. Can be sung acappella, with a guitar, a band, or an orchestra.
– the original in black&white https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iV_4XvldJw0
– here is Ruslana, in Manchester, with a modern take, and lots of audience participation, at what sounds like a party https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ef_dDfJ5-Tk
And from 2014, and in complete contrast……..
a much louder tune, from the band Тінь Сонця, their album, Грім в ковальні Бога, is this tune, Збої……