British rock legends Pink Floyd have reunited to write their first new track in almost three decades, a version of Ukraine protest song Hey Hey Rise Up.
The track is the band’s first new music in 28 years and features vocals by Ukrainian singer and BoomBox frontman Andriy Khlyvnyuk.
Following the release, Pink Floyd fans are curious to know more about Andriy Khlyvnyuk. We take a look at the singer’s career.
Andriy Khlyvnyuk features on new Pink Floyd track
Almost three decades after the release of 1994 album The Division Bell, Pink Floyd reunited this week for the release of Hey Hey Rise Up, a song that will raise money for people affected by the war in Ukraine.
The track sees Pink Floyd members David Gilmour and Nick Mason, the group’s long-time bassist Guy Pratt, and musician and composer Nitin Sawhney (keyboards) perform to the vocals of Ukrainian singer Andriy Khlyvnyuk.
Khlyvnyuk’s vocals are sampled from an Instagram post by the singer in which he performs 1914 patriotic song Oh, The Red Viburnum In The Meadow. Khlyvnyuk, who has joined Ukraine’s military, is seen in uniform standing outside St Sofia Cathedral in Kyiv.
As explained in the Hey Hey Rise Up music video, Khlyvnyuk quit his US tour to return to Ukraine to defend his country. The track was released on Thursday (7 April) and, a day later, had already racked up almost three million views.
Who is Andriy Khlyvnyuk?
Andriy Khlyvnyuk is a 42-year-old singer and musician who hails from central Ukraine city Cherkasy but now calls the country’s capital Kyiv home. Khlyvnyuk has been dubbed one of his nation’s biggest rock stars and fronts band BoomBox.
Fans love Andriy Khlyvnyuk’s powerful vocals
Following the release of Hey Hey Rise Up, Pink Floyd fans have been sharing their thoughts on Twitter: