Ukrainian Roma Singing in the Street

Beyond a robust minority of Russians, who compose approximately 20% of the population, Ukraine boasts a diversity of people, cultures and music that may be surprising to those who equate the nation with its rapidly modernizing, increasingly European capital of Kiev. For example Ukraine is home to a variety of mountain-dwelling ethnic groups, such as the Boikians, Lemkians and Hutsuls (who we’ll meet later this week). There is also a small but active population of Romani, such as the members of the band in this video.