Shchedryk (Carol Of The Bells) (7")

The Ukrainians

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Folk, World Music
Zirka Records
December 14, 2018

Format: Vinyl (7")



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The Ukrainians' new 'Shchedryk' single is their unique, frantic Cossack folk-punk take on the most famous Ukrainian song in the world!

Written as a winter well-wishing song in 1916 by Ukrainian composer Mykola Leontovich, the lyrics describe a swallow calling out to a farmer and telling him about the wealth that he will possess ? healthy livestock, money and a beautiful wife. The swallow is a herald of spring coming, referring to its possible pre-Christian origins.

The song's title is derived from the Ukrainian word "shchedryj," which means "bountiful."

The song has a haunting four-note motif, and was composed and performed at a time when there was intense political struggle and social upheaval in Ukraine.

For a Christmas concert, a choir director by the name of Oleksander Koshyts commissioned the song, which was performed by the Ukrainian National Chorus, mandated by a fledgling Ukrainian government in 1919 to promote Ukrainian music in major cultural centres in the West. Like The Ukrainians themselves in more recent turbulent times, they toured across Europe and North America with a mission, performing over 1,000 concerts.

The B-side of the single, 'Kolyadka', is a seasonal song written by The Ukrainians. It featured on their first ever release, the NME Single of the Week 'Oi, Divchino' 12-inch vinyl EP from 1991. This is the first time that the track has been available since then.

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Key Value
Catalogue number ZRKS11
Barcode 0702669860451
Number of items 1
Packaging type Slip Sleeve
Imported No
Weight 50g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 180mm x 3mm x 180mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Shchedryk 01:23
2. Kolyadka 01:26