Kukushka [Cuckoo] was originally recorded by Kino [Cinema] on their 1990 album, officially called Kino, but known as Chornyy Al’bom [the Black Album]. The first verse questions a cuckoo about the singer’s future, the 2nd verse tells of warriors who have fallen and the few who are remembered, the last verse asks about free will, and the chorus talks about being ready to fight. This is an incredibly moving version of the song where Dasha handles the quieter sections with great intimacy, the louder sections with great power and wild intensity, and all the dynamics in between with great skill. She expresses the emotions of the song expertly so you don’t need to understand the words to know how you should feel. The video has been made in support of the fighting club Slava [Glory], and starts with text on the screen saying that Ecole don’t usually make 2 videos of the same song but Kukushka most clearly expresses the atmosphere and spirit that they want to convey and then tells the story of Dima Popov, a Sambo fighter from the club who was given the opportunity, with his brother, to be adopted by an Italian family but chose to stay in Kerch, in Crimea, while his brother went to Italy. As this text takes about a minute and is written in Cyrillic Cursive script I have cued the video on this page to start with the music. I have also included Dasha‘s original amazing clip, so that you can see how much she has improved over the past 3 years and how incredible she was to begin with.
And here is the original video that Production Centre Ecole made with Dasha in 2015, when she was only 12 years old, that went viral, and has the best variation on waving lights you’ve ever seen.
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