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by Iskra

Danceable Ukrainian folk and pop music, as well as several original songs, featuring rich vocal harmonies and energetic, multifaceted instrumental accompaniment.
Genre: World: Eastern European
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Volynianochka / Kolo Tvoho Dvoru
2:12 $0.99
2. Oy Harna Ya Harna
3:38 $0.99
3. Hey-Ha / Lety Tuzhlyva Pisne
4:36 $0.99
4. Ty Moya
2:52 $0.99
5. Persha Lyubov
3:58 $0.99
6. Spomyny Lita
3:09 $0.99
7. Sumerk
3:36 $0.99
8. Kuban Prelude / Hey Tam Na Kubani
4:02 $0.99
9. Ty Rvala Ozhynu / V Albom
3:00 $0.99
10. Trembita Prelude / Try Trembity
3:58 $0.99
11. Otchi Syni
3:01 $0.99
12. Liubliu Prostory
2:31 $0.99
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Album Notes
During the course of their nine year run from 1977-1986, New York based “Iskra” was one of the most popular and influential Ukrainian dance bands in North America. Traveling coast to coast across the United States and Canada, “Iskra” consistently filled dance halls and festival venues everywhere between New York and Los Angeles in the U.S., and Montreal and Edmonton north of the border. Their extensive and eclectic repertoire drew from the deep well of Ukrainian folklore, pop hits and standards by Ukrainian songwriters, as well as original compositions by the band members.

Released in 1979, “Iskra’s” self-titled debut album served as a calling card for the music one might hear at an “Iskra” dance (zabava), wedding or stage show appearance. Ranging from sentimental post World War II standards such as “Hey Ha”, by Ukrainian tango king Bohdan Wesolowsky, to 60’s pop hit “Try Trembity”, by legendary Ukrainian composer Myroslav Skoryk, the album showcases “Iskra’s” signature three part harmony vocals and distinctive interpretations of Ukrainian folk songs, as well as three original compositions by band members Oles Kuzyszyn (“Ty Moya” and “Sumerk”) and Jaroslaw Palylyk (“Spomyny Lita”).

“Iskra” was Oles Bundziak (bass guitar, guitar), Bohdan Kuzyszyn (drums, percussion, vocals), Oles Kuzyszyn (keyboards, guitar, vocals) and Jaroslaw Palylyk (keyboards, accordion, vocals). The album was originally engineered and mixed by Mark Sydorak at ElectroNova Productions. This digital re-issue was remastered by Slau Halatyn at BeSharp Studios, and is dedicated to the memory of our bandmate Oles Bundziak (1959-2010).



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