Friday, February 6, 2015

Russian Reggae

I first heard this song on the Russian Voice.  I loved the beat and the melody and was intrigued by the lyrics.  I listened to it several times before I was able to piece together the meaning it tries to convey.  The anti-war sentiment it carries is embedded in every line though it doesn't appear obvious at first.  This song was written several years before the Ukrainian conflict broke out with Russia and is sung in Russian by a Ukrainian group.  Of course, the meaning of the lyrics is universal.  

Speaking of the meaning, the majority of the audience in this clip are teenagers--looking at their faces, it's hard not to conclude that they are pretty distant from understanding what the song is about but are clearly excited to be this close to the artists.