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“We are on the artistic front”: the Ukrainian group “Dakh Daughters” resists from Paris

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The “Dakh Daughters” are seven musicians who fled kyiv together two weeks ago. Survivors in France, they want to resist differently. Report at the Théâtre de l’Odéon, where a special charity evening was held on Monday to raise funds for Ukraine.

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Music soothes the soul. Monday evening, at the Odeon theater in Paris, a special Ukrainian charity evening was organized to raise funds. A play, a few poems, and a concert by the group Dakh Daughters, seven musicians who fled together from kyiv two weeks ago. Survivors in France, they want to resist differently. Standing, instruments in hand, the musicians have their backs to a giant screen. Kharkiv, Kherson, Mariupol… Images of destroyed Ukrainian cities parade in the background.

“We are at the artistic front”

With the group, Ganna, the guitarist, fled her country to stay on stage. “The walls of our buildings in kyiv were shaking because of the bombs, we had to leave”, she tells the microphone of Europe 1. “We are going to fight here and show that Ukraine always has a free spirit” , she continues. Their faces made up with white powder, the Dakh Daughters sing their sadness, their anger against the Russian invasion.

This is how Solomiia, one of the performers wants to act. “We are women, so we couldn’t go fight in Ukraine,” she explains. “Our own weapon is art, music. We are on the artistic front.”

A tour in France

In the room, many spectators are Ukrainians, like Alexandra, who dries her tears. “It has to take action too. We can’t just watch how our cities are being massacred,” she says. The French present are also very moved. “It’s more than upsetting, we can’t do anything,” laments one of them. “We are also confronted with this feeling of helplessness. It is terrible.”

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After this date in Paris, the Dakh Daughters go on tour in France in April and May to continue to play and be heard.

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