Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Ukrainobit: Andriy 'Kuzma' Kuzmenko

Andriy Kuzmenko, leader of Ukranian band Skryabin, has died following a car accident.

Starting his first band at the age of 15, Kuzma brought Skryabin together in Novoyavorivsk in 1989. They were the pioneers of Ukranian electronic pop (although across their career they would dabble with darkwave).

It's impossible for anyone with a profile in Ukraine to avoid being political. Kuzma was firmly on the side first of the Green Party, then of the Winter Generation Team. He would later explain away his support of Viktor Yanukovych in 2004 as having happened under duress.

More recently, Kuzmenko played in support of the EuroMaidan movement - although he attempted an awkward position supporting "the people but not the opposition".

Andriy Kuzmenko was 46; he died Frebruary 2nd.