Jah Wobble and The Ukrainians • Ukrainian National Anthem In Dub (feat. Jon Klein)
4 Mai 2022
From CANADA •
Music iconJah Wobbleand legendary British folk-punk outfitThe Ukrainianshave teamed up to release the'Ukrainian National Anthem In Dub', a truly unique and inspired version of the war-torn country's hymn, flavoured with Wobble's trademark dub sound. This project grew out of the desire to raise funds, as well as support and awareness for refugees fleeing the continuing conflict in Ukraine.
Produced, recorded, arranged and mixed by originalPublic Image Ltd. bassistJah Wobbleand formerSiouxsie and The Banshees’ guitaristJon Klein, the idea for the song emerged when Wobble's bass tech suggested he do a collaboration with The Ukrainians, long-time purveyors of traditional Ukrainian music, heavily influenced by western post-punk.
The Ukrainians formed in 1990 following the success of the Wedding Present's 1989 Ukrainian John Peel Sessions (Ukrayinski Vystupy v Johna Peela), in which 3 of its members (Peter Solowka, Len Liggins and Roman Remeynes) took part. The first Western band to produce a video entirely in Eastern Europe in 1991, they've since released five studio albums, in addition to various live albums and EPs,
The band's current line-up isLen Liggins(lead vocal / violin),Peter Solowka(acoustic guitar / backing vocal), Paul Weatherhead(backing vocal / mandolin) andStephen Tymruk(accordion).
Jah Wobbleexplains, “I was introduced to Len from the Ukrainians by Mark my bass tech. I was very keen to help in any way that I could. So I enlisted the help of Jon Klein and Anthony Hopkins, who I run ‘Tuned in’ with. It’s a community music project based in the London Borough of Merton. We have built a recording studio there. Indeed, at the moment, Anthony is involved in the process of the settlement of Ukrainian refugees coming in to the borough. It was a lot of fun putting the track together. And well done to Len and the rest of the band for initiating this."
"We'd like to say a big thank you to Jah Wobble and Jon Klein for creating this fabulous track with us in order to raise much needed funds for Ukrainian refugees. Monies collected will buy provisions, medical aid and clothing for traumatised individuals and families whose situation is desperate beyond our understanding here in western Europe," saysThe Ukrainians' Len Liggins.
"It's important for us all to keep in mind too, that as reports of the invasion's progress slip down the priority list on the national news, a great deal of support will still be needed by these refugees on an ongoing basis. Please don't forget them just because you see less of them on your screens. Please continue to support them. The mass murders, cruel rapes and wanton destruction of Ukraine will continue while the TV cameras are pointing somewhere else."
‘Ukrainian National Anthem in Dub’ is out now, available directly from the artists viaBandcamp(the quickest way to ensure timely support to Ukraine) and can also be found on other platforms athttps://ffm.to/jahwobbleukrainians.
Jah Wobble and The Ukrainians
Ukrainian National Anthem In Dub (feat. Jon Klein)
Release: 3 May 2022
LYRICS Ukraine's glory has not perished, nor her freedom gone Our strong people, once again, fate will smile upon All our enemies will soon disappear like dew in the sun Then, once more will we be free, in the land we call our own Body and soul we will lay down for our freedom And the world will know that we are people of the Kozak nation
CREDITS Produced by Jah Wobble and Jon Klein Mixed and arranged by Jon Klein Jah Wobble - bass Jon Klein - guitar, keys and programming ‘The Legendary’ Len Liggins - lead vocal, backing vocal, violin Peter Solowka - acoustic guitar, backing vocal Paul Weatherhead - backing vocal, mandolin Stephen ‘Mr Steff’ Tymruk - accordion Jah Wobble cover photo by Paul Cliff Video by Jon Klein and Rebecca Walkley; editing by Jon Klein
PHOTOS Jah Wobble roof photo by Ali Catterall and The Ukrainians photo by Jon Klein