Monday, August 3, 2009
Hadiukyny's lead man passes
While I have been silent for some time, this I cannot be silent about, as it touches anyone who followed Ukrainian contemporary music back in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Today through various sources - but primarily by word of mouth from a friend of mine from Ternopil, that the lead man of Braty Hadiukyny Serhiy Kuzmynsky passed away today. He was 46 years young.
According to the Hadiukyny website and other sources the cause of death was a malignant tumor of the larynx. Regardless, of what the cause of death was, a loss of life is still a lost of life and particularly at such a young age.
I recall so many of the songs that the Hady gave the Ukrainian music industry, and I was first introduced to them from cassettes from the first Chervona Ruta Festival back in 1989. Yes, that was twenty years ago! How time flies...
When I arrived in Ukraine for the first time in 1990, well albeit it was still part the USSR, I was here on invitation from Studentske bratstvo of L'viv. There wasn't a place that we did not go that we would hear our fellow student's singing Hadiukyny songs. To us it was something new, but it stuck! And it sticks to this day!
Unfortunately, many musicians who acquire a certain level of fame fall into the ills of the industry. In 1994, Kuzyu, as he was know by many of his fans and friends alike, left the group to Belgium to go through rehab for drug addiction.
May he Rest in Peace!