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Eurovision: Kalush for the struggle for freedom, the banning of Russia and the creation of the anthem of Ukraine | Ents & Arts News

Ukrainian folk rap group Kalush, which represents its country at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, says their song has become the “anthem of Ukraine” as it fights the Russian invasion.

The band’s vocalist Oleh Psyuk told Sky News: “This song we created [Stefania], this is the anthem of Ukraine and everyone sings it. The song was originally dedicated to my mother, but now it’s a song for all mothers. “

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) confirmed this late last week Russia will no longer participate in this year’s competition due to the “unprecedented crisis in Ukraine”. It says Russia’s participation in this year’s competition will “bring the competition into disrepute”.

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Oleh Psyuk is a vocalist and founder of Kalush

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) confirmed this late last week Russia will no longer participate in this year’s competition due to the “unprecedented crisis in Ukraine”. It says Russia’s participation in this year’s competition will “bring the competition into disrepute”.

Psyuk – who will perform tonight as part of an extended shoot of a band called the Kalush Orchestra – says this is obviously the right thing to do, as well as the sports condemnation he saw. Russia deprived of Champions League final and is Formula 1 Grand Prix and national and club football countries removed from international competitions.

However, the singer believes that the international response should go even further.

“I think the aggressor country [Russia] they must be banned everywhere, in all possible parts of the economy and politics, because the people on their side do not realize that their country is aggressive and an aggressor for the whole world, not just for Ukraine. “

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Speaking from his hometown of Kalush in the western part of the country – the place that gave the group its name – Psyuk said the situation was very bad.

Asked about messages that were called civilians take the protection into their own handshe confirms that this is true.

“My friend was making Molotov cocktails today and she was doing something like this for the first time. It’s very scary for all of us.”

He has also taken action to defend his country and has dedicated his life as a musician to doing what he can to help.

“My daily life has changed. I am now working with a volunteer team. We help people get away from Ukraineto find food for those who need it. “

He says the group of about 12 people help provide food and shelter and connect people with safe places to stay.

Read more: Invasion of Ukraine: “Dozens killed in mass shelling” as two countries negotiate peace

The musician, who is adamant that he will not leave his country, but will stay and do everything in his power, says that what people did in their lives before the war is no longer important – now all Ukrainians they must come together to help each other.

In addition to setting up his own group of Kalush volunteers, Psyuk says he has raised more than a million Ukrainian hryvnias (approximately £ 25,000) for his country’s army.

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Ukrainian civilians prepare Molotov cocktails

He says this is something he feels compelled to do.

“It doesn’t matter that I wasn’t educated about it in my daily life, but it’s my turn to help people and be proud of what I do.”

As for the leader of his country’s president Vladimir ZelenskiWho was it comedian and actor before engaging in politics, Psyuk says he has the will of his country behind him.

“The war has put everything in place and now our president is accepted as a serious leader and the whole country supports him.”

Read more: Who is President Vladimir Zelensky – Russia’s “number one target”?

It was a quick rise to fame for the band, which signed with the record label Def Jam as part of the Universal Music Group after its formation in 2019 and has released two albums so far.

This year's Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Turin after Italian Maneskin performers were crowned winners in 2021.
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This year’s Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Turin after Italian Maneskin performers were crowned winners in 2021.

And their journey to Eurovision it was not smooth.

After initially finishing second in the competition’s national selection stage, they found themselves in a winning position after singer Alina Pash withdrew from the competition following allegations of illegal visits to Crimea.

Kalush are already favorites to win the competition, according to Eurovisionworld.com.

Although Psiuk will not care whether his group wins the race or not, he says they will be ready to perform and only good can come out of the race.

“I can’t say what the future will hold, but I think Eurovision is a good way to get the whole world to sing Ukrainian songs and know Ukrainian rap. And I will do whatever it takes to help.”

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With their betting odds and Eurovision history (Ukraine won the competition twice – in 2004 and 2016 – and qualified for the finals each year since its first appearance in 2003), Kalush will look like a sure bet to lead the the ranking at night.

Meanwhile, the country continues to wage a very different European battle on the world stage as Ukrainians fight for their country’s freedom.

The final of the 66th Eurovision final will be held in Turin on Saturday, May 14.

Eurovision: Kalush for the struggle for freedom, the banning of Russia and the creation of the anthem of Ukraine | Ents & Arts News

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