Ukrainian singer on stage in Israel with star Evry Leader

Ukrainian singer Viktoria Kournikova has never visited Israel, but she has yet to see more than her hotel or Hayarkon Park amphitheater where she sang Thursday night with her band, Lilika, along with singer Evry Leader to celebrate Europe Day.

« Je veux me faire une idée de ce qu’est Tel Aviv », a déclaré Korniykova, qui a ajouté qu’elle prévoyait de passer la journée de vendridi à se balader dans la ville avant de renterer à Berlin, vit où years.

The Ukrainian-born artist was invited to sing at the Euro Party concert organized by the European Union delegation to the State of Israel with Lider, as part of the proceeds to support the efforts of Magen David Adom’s emergency services in Ukraine.

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Kournikova said the show was special, and was a sign of solidarity with Ukraine.

“I felt a real responsibility knowing that this audience not only wanted to have fun, but also wanted to support Ukraine,” she said.

Korniykova’s band, Leléka, is a collaboration of musicians from Poland and Germany, playing an unusual blend of European jazz and Ukrainian folk, creating an experimental sound full of improvisation.

Lilika, a collaboration of Ukrainian singer Viktoria Kournikova with musicians from Poland and Germany, performed at the Euro Concert with Israeli pop star Evry Leader on May 12, 2022, sponsored by the European Union delegation to the State of Israel. (Credit: Courtesy: EU Delegation)

Their albums include traditional Ukrainian music, such as “Karchata”; The old Ukrainian folk song is the first single from their new album “Sonce u Serci” (Sun in the Heart).

Korniykova also tends to sing “Plyve Kacha” at many concerts, an anti-war song that appears on Leléka’s 2017 album.

The song is a conversation between a mother and her son, the last of which is before he goes to war.

“He knows he’s going to die,” Kournikova said. “It’s his mother’s cry.”

Kournikova explained that singing this song, a sad and sincere song, is like therapy for her.

“There is always a minute of silence from the audience that I don’t ask for; it is a moment when I can express something that the Ukrainian people feel, and that all mothers who have lost their children feel,” said Kournikova. “A mother is universal. Mothers have no nationality and I only wish, deep down, that we all live in peace and never have mothers who lose their children again. »

Although Kournikova lived in Germany for seven years, her family was still living in Ukraine at the beginning of the war.

She spent the first weeks of the war evacuating her sister and three children who lived in Kyiv, her physically disabled mother and grandmother who had not traveled for many years, and her father who still lived in the eastern Donbass, where Kournikova is. grow.

She brought them all to Germany, and established each family unit in different villages across the country.

Viktoria Kournikova, Ukrainian singer Lilika, her band performing at the Euro Concert sponsored by the European Union delegation to the State of Israel in Tel Aviv, May 12, 2022. (Credit: Courtesy of the European Union)

Korniykova remains in close contact with her friends in Ukraine, and spends a lot of time on her phone to help out wherever she can.

Kournikova said the Euro Party concert in Tel Aviv offered a different perspective on her reality.

“I think every act, every concert helps,” she said. “Sometimes I feel overwhelmed, because there are so many refugees and so many problems; it is easy to lose hope. Then we see people in another country come together to celebrate Ukrainian culture; it gives the impression that you are not alone, that people care about us. There may be no solution, But it helps to talk about it.”

Lilika’s lead singer, Viktoria Kournikova, performed at the Euro Concert with Israeli pop star Evry Leader on May 12, 2022, sponsored by the European Union delegation in the State of Israel. (Photo source: Courtesy of the European Union Mission to the State of Israel)

Kournikova also weighed her performance in Israel, a country where I only read headlines, seeing people in uniform on the streets.

“If your problem isn’t your country or your problem, it’s really hard to understand,” she said. “I often think that I am very far from Ukraine, and I wish I could be more useful, but my friends tell me to continue singing around the world, to show how beautiful Ukrainian culture is.”

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