SONG OF THE DAY Kobza – Zajczyk

I came across this curious piece of Ukrainian folk earlier today and couldn’t resist a little delve into what this was about. Some of what I’ve heard is a bit weird, but this one is rather wonderful!

According to some sources this track is called Bunny and features on Ukrainian band, Kobza’s “Best of Vol.2” album, which was released, or at least licensed to (I believe), a Danish music group called Danmark Music Group Studio. According to another source the track is called Zajczyk, but I’m not too sure what the translation of that is? Which year this song was originally released in is something I’m not too sure about either.

Kobza was established by several students of Kyiv School of Music as an instrumental folk music band in late 60s. Having been unable to win much fame, the band started experimenting with new music formats and eventually moved closer to more popular rock sound, while still retaining its focus on traditional music and the respective repertoire.

The debut album by Kobza, recorded in 1970, is one of the earliest documented examples of Ukrainian folk-rock. Interestingly enough, it is is said to be the very first long-play record to have been produced in Ukraine. Despite being deeply rooted into the ‘folk art’ soil, the music on the Kobza’s maiden album has a distinct psych feeling which probably reflects the musicians’ keen interest in the modern Western rock scene. Half of the tracks are folk songs carefully arranged for electric organ, bass, drums, woodwinds, and three banduras (traditional Ukrainian string instruments). The other half are pop/folk songs composed by contemporary local authors, and stylized to fit into the same traditional vs modern compositional and sonic framework…Check it out above.

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