In rural Ukraine, an American rekindles a lost music tradition
25 August, 2018, 7:38 am
KRYACHKIVKA, Ukraine (Reuters) – Deep in rural Ukraine, a man from North Carolina has returned to his roots, moving to a village with a population of 500 in a bid to rekindle an almost lost tradition of Ukrainian folk music.
Yuriy Fedynsky, 43, born into the Ukrainian diaspora in the United States, moved to the country of his ancestors and set about resurrecting an almost lost tradition of lyrical ballads known as “dumas”.
Fedynsky lives in Kryachkivka, a village in Poltava region 145 km (90 miles) east of Kiev believed to have once been the home of a group of blind musicians who traveled the country barefoot.
They sang to the accompaniment of the bandura, a string instrument reminiscent of the harp, and the kobza, an instrument similar to a modern day lute.
“So to revive a tradition, it’s a lot of work, it’s a lot of research. You have to go to the museums, you have to make blueprints, you have to learn how to make instruments.
“You have to learn how to make good instruments and then you can start playing or at least learning to play,” he said.