Speaking about the legendary “Kraianye” group the great and bright story of it immediately comes to a mind.
“Kraianye” has been always popular since 1984 – the year of the group’s foundation – though it has had to survive the epoch of different general secretaries of the government as well as some presidents of the state. The most important is the fact that the group has always worked for people and not for a governmental system. Melodious motifs and sincere verses have never left the audience half-hearted.
Even nowadays when Ukraine is wading through the hardships of political and economic situation, “Kraianye” group is going ahead with its activity contributing in culture, making happy its fans and attracting the new ones.
During the whole period of its activity the stuff of the group’s musicians has been changed on different reasons. Some people worked only for a short time, but such talented musician as Sergei Batsman has been working in “Kraianye” group since 1989. He started his activity in the group as a drummer and a singer and as time passed he became the recognized leader and the solo singer of “Kraianye”. The pure and bright voice of Sergei Batsman has been the peculiar feature of the group for many years. After some difficult times Sergei changes the group’s musicians and creates the new fresh and full-fledged team of like-minded professionals. The very first concerts proved his correct decision right of the bat –lots of new friends have appeared among the fans of “Kraianye”.
Sergei Batsman – solo, the leader of the group, a poet and a composer
Viacheslav Tretiak – bas-guitar, solo
Pavel Kolodiy – guitar, solo
Oleg Yaroshevskiy – keyboards, solo
Sergei Malinovskiy – drums, solo