So this is happening - Ukrainian professionals, including these musicians flee to Russia to get at least something instead of fully nothing they can get now in Donetsk, Ukraine and other Eastern parts of the country. Those told to be pretty professional musicians (I hope you can tell by watching them play) now play in underground subway
stations for a heap of change they hopefully can get from the passers by. Some of them were getting their master degree in Donetsk, some already graduated and having master in music. Now this. But main reason for this being posted here is not where they are from, just look how nicely this sounds in metro:
As the photographer says: "In Soviet times authorities paid greater attention to the leisure time of Soviet citizens. In the 70's and 80's a lot of Dom Kulturi (or House of Culture in Russian or Cultural Centers) were built. Movies were shown there, and dance and music classes were held both for adults and for kids. They were named as a rule after the factory or college which they belonged to." Then the author says that in the city where she was growing up, there
were a few Dom Kultury. One of them was (unofficially) called "Steklyashka" (piece of glass) and another was called "Neutrino" - that's because her city was connected with nuclear power for the Soviet Union. "So this Dom Kultury I visited also belongs to some factory ... this is probably the most beautiful house of culture I ever visited." So we can check if it really is as beautiful as the author finds it, right inside this post.
After 70 years of the iron curtain and a ban on any music that could sound "Western" to a Russian ear, gradually the first bands appeared trying to sound as Western as they could. Among lots of examples that really
are not worthy of being listed here, this one is pretty positive in two ways: it sounds pretty decent even now, and at the same time the band members look dramatic. The audience is worth a look as well.
They've got gangnam style, but we've got something else. Keep looking to see who is doing what. It's a pretty mind-breaking thing to see, or is it the doppler effect in action. They really should patent this kind of dance and sell the
rights to entertainers all over the world. However, they say this is not a new idea, and it was invented by German/Polish cabaret dancers some time ago, however it has never before been performed by a team of Russian students.
In today's show you are going to see some stupidity, some talent and some alien languages. Russian soldiers performing African rap songs when bored - who would have thought of this some thirty years ago. The rest is mostly
plain stupidity though it is often captivating and should have its place too. But it all starts with the sheep. Real, real sheep. And no road cams today, no crashes, no cops. And you should smile at least twice.