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Event Archive - Dakhabrakha: Dakhabrakha, Zeellia

Sun. August 31st 2014 Rio Theatre (No Minors)
8:00 doors at 7:30
Tickets at:, Highlife Records, Banyen Books
Direct from Kiev, UKRAINE
With Special Guests

Sunday August 31, 8pm
The Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway)
Tickets $22 Advance / $25 Door.
Available online at, or order by phone at 1-800-838-3006
Or visit Highlife Records or Banyen Books

DakhaBrakha is a quartet from Kiev whose sound is at once mesmerizing and mystical, melding soulful Ukrainian folk with the jazz and trance sounds that typify World Music. Aptly named, “DakhaBrakha” means “give/take” in the Ukrainian. Mixing the fundamental structure of folk music with free-form improvisation, the Kiev, Ukrainian “ethno-chaos” band DakhaBrakha creates a mesmerizing world of unexpected and engaging new music. On stage, Indian, Arabic, African, Russian and Australian traditional instrumentation melds with the quartet’s astonishingly powerful and uncompromising vocal range to create a trans-national sound rooted in Ukrainian culture

Opening for Dakhabrakha is Vancouver’s own musical ZEELLIA, a six member ensemble of three female vocalists and three instrumentalists established in 1991. Led by Beverly Dobrinsky, they weave a mystical spell singing and playing Slavic folksongs and dances from Ukraine, the Balkan and Baltic States, and the Canadian prairies. The blessings and the curses, the water, the wood, the fire, the fields, and of course, the herbs all combine to give voice to a unique Slavic Canadian sentiment which respects its Ukrainian roots and celebrates its Canadian context. They sing in the traditional style of ‘bilij holos/pure voice’, both acapella and with the accompaniment of bass, violin, and accordion.


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Zeellia (Slavic Soul)

Founded in 1991, Zeellia is a world class sextet of three female vocalists and three instrumentalists who specialize in Eastern European folk music with a contemporary edge. They weave a mystical spell, performing Slavic folksongs and dances from Ukraine, the Balkan and Baltic States, and the Canadian prairies, both a cappella and with accord... more info
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