The Kalush Orchestra celebrates its victory at Eurovision 2022

To celebrate the victory and underscore its plea for Ukraine’s help, the band yesterday released a very touching music video filmed in the war-torn cities near Kyiv.

On Sunday, the Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision Song Contest final in Turin, scoring 631 points from 24 other competing countries. The team led by striker Oli Psiuk kept their nerves in check, made their way to the finals as the favorites and showed the world just how vibrant and amazing Ukrainian culture is – they received a standing ovation from the 13,000 spectators of the Pala Alpitour Arena and undoubtedly won their hearts. Millions of viewers at home.

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They ended their appeal by appealing: “I ask you all, help Ukraine, help Mariupol, help Azovstal”.

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Their winning song “Stefania”, which combines rap, hip-hop and traditional Ukrainian folk music, is dedicated to Oleh’s mother. During the competition, and also since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, it acquired an additional meaning – love for Ukraine. The song was used on hundreds of thousands of TikToks by Ukrainians to document the war.

text “I will always find my way home, even if all the roads break down.” It emphatically affirms the strength of a nation in the midst of adversity.

The official video of “Stefania” was filmed in Bokza, Irpin, Borodianka and Hostomil – cities near Kyiv that survived the horrors of the Russian occupation.

The video clip shows several Ukrainian soldiers rescuing children and driving them through the rubble, between squad shots in and in front of bombed buildings and other symbols of the horrific extermination of the war. These are real photos from four ruined cities brutally struck by the Russian occupation. The clip ends with a shot of a young girl holding a burning Molotov cocktail. It is a reminder of the devastating consequences of war felt today by every Ukrainian and every Ukrainian.

The video also ends with a message from the band: This video was filmed in Bokza, Irpin, Borodianka and Hostomil – cities near Kyiv that survived the horrors of the Russian occupation. It is dedicated to brave Ukrainians, mothers who protect their children, all those who gave their lives for our freedom. Every man, every woman, every innocent child. The war in Ukraine has many faces, but it is the faces of our mothers that keep our hearts alive in our darkest moments. Stand with Ukraine! “.

It was not only the symbolism associated with the Ukrainian war effort that ensured the Kalush Orchestra’s lead in competition. Stefania, with her melody playing on the traditional Ukrainian woodwind instrument, Telence, was a bookmaker’s favorite even before the outbreak of the war, placing her in fifth place with the highest probability of winning.

It was not only the symbolism associated with the Ukrainian war effort that ensured the Kalush Orchestra’s lead in competition. Stefania, with her melody playing on the traditional Ukrainian woodwind instrument, Telence, was a bookmaker’s favorite even before the outbreak of the war, placing her in fifth place with the highest probability of winning.

The team learned that they would represent their country in this year’s competition a few days before they invaded Russia. After obtaining special permission from the Ukrainian government to leave the country for competition purposes, the Kalush Orchestra must now return to their homeland as men of fighting age. Oleh Psiuk will return to the volunteer organization founded by the 35 active members of “De ty?” (Where are you?), which helps Ukrainian refugees across the country find safe housing, transportation and medicine. In the end, they will also meet one of the squad members, Slavik Hanatinka, who joined the Kyiv Regional Defense Forces by resigning from the Eurovision squad.

Kallush, whose name was inspired by the small industrial town of lead and band leader Oleh Psiuka, also known as The Psiuchyi Son, was founded in 2019 when Ihor Didenczuk and MC CarpetMan (KylymMen) replied to his Facebook post that the team members were searching through. This is how the group was born, creating a unique blend of rap with Ukrainian folk themes and authenticity – or as the artists like to call them: folk and groove. Now Kalush is turning into the Kalush orchestra, because Timofej Muzyczuk and Wittalej Ducek are joined by multi-instrumentalists.

Through the unimaginable suffering of their country, the Kalush Orchestra has delivered a message of resilience, fortitude and hope. As winners of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, they return to Ukraine as national champions.

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