On Friday, legendary British rock band Pink Floyd released a new song to raise money for humanitarian aid in Ukraine, featuring the vocals of a Ukrainian singer who left an international tour to fight for his country and was injured.
The single “Hey Hey, Rise Up” – Pink Floyd’s first new original music in nearly 30 years – was recorded last week and features vocals by Ukrainian band Boombox’s Andriy Khlyvnyuk, which was taken from a social media post.
Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour said he learned that Khlyvnyuk – who he had previously performed with – left a US tour with Boombox and returned to Ukraine to join the Territorial Defense Forces.
“Then I saw this amazing video on Instagram, where he stands in a square in Kyiv with this beautiful golden-domed church and sings in the silence of a city with no traffic or background noise because of the war,” said Gilmour on Pink Floyd. website.
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“It was a strong moment that made me want to put it to music.”
Gilmour said he spoke with Khlyvnyuk while he was in a kyiv hospital recovering from a mortar shrapnel wound.
“I passed him some of the song over the phone and he gave me his blessing. We both hope to do something together in person in the future,” he said.
Gilmour said he has a Ukrainian daughter-in-law and grandchildren and feels “fury and frustration” at Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Moscow said it was engaged in a special operation aimed at degrading Ukraine’s military capabilities and rooting out nationalists.
The track, which samples Khlyvnyuk singing a World War I protest song, also features Nick Mason, a founding member of Pink Floyd, as well as Gilmour and other musicians.