The Kalush Orchestra, on tour in Europe before Eurovision, campaigns to end the conflict

From our special correspondent in Amsterdam (Netherlands),

“It is very important for us to seize the opportunity to represent our country and benefit from it as much as possible. It is necessary not to forget Ukraine,” he said. 20 minutes who met him in Amsterdam (Netherlands). Looking serious, barely sparkling because of the never-separating pink that covers part of his eyes, Oleh Psiuk continues this Saturday with interviews with international media that, via his translator, is more or less repeating the same things.

The rapper and members of his group, the Kalush Orchestra, last week received a special permit from the Ukrainian state to leave the territory and participate in the promotional concerts organized before Eurovision where within a month they will defend Ukrainian opportunities.

QR Code for Fundraising

This is an opportunity for them to speak on behalf of their country at war. We want to encourage everyone to help us end the war as soon as possible. Ole Bisuk pleads, from microphone to microphone, the more people speak, the more they will motivate decision-makers to act.

On Monday, Tel Aviv’s Kalush Orchestra arrived at Israel’s invitationan event that spanned several days and culminated on Thursday with a big concert that brought together twenty-four of the forty artists for Eurovision 2022. Meanwhile, they went to the Jewish Agency headquarters in Jerusalem, where they performed two songs in front of an audience of young Ukrainian refugees.

On Friday, the Ukrainian group was invited on Dutch TV. The next day, he appeared at Eurovision In Concert, on AFAS Live in Amsterdam. In front of the global crowd, with spectators from, among others, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Ireland or France, the Ukrainians sang their nickname for the competition while, in the background, a QR code denoting the site set up to raise funds for Ukraine.

“Ukrainian musicians are very united and very active”

Since the beginning of the war, on February 24, the members of the Kalush Orchestra have mobilized in their own way. Thus, Ole Pesiuk established an organization to collect and distribute food, medicine, and clothing to the needy.

Social networks, which until now have been intended for promotion, have become characteristic channels for alerting about the situation in Ukraine, for disseminating information, for consolidating solidarity. “Ukrainian musicians are very united and very active”, confirms the rapper accompanied by 20 minutes. “Some write committed and relevant songs,” he adds, explaining that the Russian invasion did not stop artistic creativity.

StefaniaEurovision’s Kalosh Orchestra has taken on an iconic dimension over the weeks. The words are the words of a child who understands that his mother is getting older and praises her for her strength, courage and all that you have given her. The text says, for example: “You shook me, and gave me rhythm and will-force no doubt. She took nothing, but gave everything” or “I will always walk towards you through bumpy roads.” “Initially, I wrote it and dedicated it to my mother, whose name is Stefania, explains Oleh Psiuk. Since the war, it has taken on another meaning for Ukrainians. Some think of the motherland, others miss their mother. It is a song that speaks closely to the hearts of my compatriots.”

“A good victory for Ukraine”

An emotion that, at Eurovision, can transcend the boundaries of land and language, Stefania Sung entirely in Ukrainian. Its musical qualities, which combine rap and folk sounds, along with the potential to vote as a sign of solidarity, make the Kalush Orchestra the top favorite to win in Turin on May 14, according to the bookmakers.

The group does not take the competition lightly. “We think that any victory is good for Ukraine, that’s what Oleh Psyuk confirms 20 minutes. We want to show the world how good, authentic and original Ukrainian music can be and we want to hear this music. »

Literally, as well as figuratively, Eurovision for Ukraine is a way to take part in the great concert of European countries, to present itself as a country moving towards the West. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Friday granted Ukrainian Head of State Volodymyr Zelensky the documents to apply for EU membership. Information that Oleh Psiuk sees with good eyes. “We Ukrainians have for years dreamed of joining the European Union,” he said. 20 minutes. We can also bring it up because we are really united and open, and we are good people. »

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