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Songs from our trench: What soldiers on both sides of the front sing

Date: March 1, 2024 Time: 06:45:44

The combat contact line was permeable to music.

My frontline musicologist and guide into the world of music was Akim Apachev, a singer whose hits are on almost every flash drive in the war zone. And the quotes from his old song “Summer Crossbows” are known not only on the front lines.

The combat contact line was permeable to music. Hits walk back and forth. The legendary Motorola, who fought in the Second Chechen War, liked to play the whole song about the “heavenly hundred” performed by a Belarusian singer banned in the Russian Federation. Akim Apachev, by the way, was not afraid to cover the hit of the Ichkerian bard “They Are Gone” – also Motor’s favorite song. Very moving, about fallen comrades-in-arms. There has been no Ichkeria for a long time, no one sits in a green forest under a green flag, but the song has stood, it has outlived its time. At the same time, the same Ichkerian flag with a wolf sometimes flickers from that side of the front, but the vast majority of Chechens are fighting on our side.

Akim, not immediately, but nevertheless agrees that it was through the “Donbass theme” that he entered the “big stage”.

Photo: Dmitri STESHIN

We have yet to resolve these paradoxes. Meanwhile, Akim Apachev called the military correspondent “KP” to record the new video of him. We were driving to a suburban training ground, and on the way, Akim pulled out a phone and I gave him a cable to connect to the radio. He wanted to evaluate the material that the actors will work with.

Yes, a very sweet song. Amazing arrangement, the text is true poetry about how we will build a bright future and what it will look like. And the hallucinating chorus: “but first, we are going to kill everyone.” This meant a detachment of enemies found on such a bright path. And the conclusion was implicit: without defeating the enemy, you will have no future. In general, it is difficult to argue with this, and I, who have been living in Donetsk with short breaks for 9 years, understood everything perfectly. As well as Akim Apachev from Mariupol. I realize we don’t need to explain anything else, but there will be a lot of howling and screaming after the release of this potential hit.

Akim commented:

– There is no feeling of hatred in me, it ended five years ago. When I wrote this song, perhaps for the first time I thought about the future of my children, what world will they live in?

I also thought about it and completed Akim’s thought:

– It all depends on what kind of world we leave them, what will they inherit?

– Obviously, there will be the next round of history, not everything will end there and our children must be prepared.

For several hours we were transported to a suburban training ground. The fighters, friends of Akim Apachev, got there.

Photo: Dmitri STESHIN

Down, feathers and lead

For several hours we were transported to a suburban training ground. The fighters, friends of Akim Apachev, got there. Six machine guns were brought in for filming. I asked, jokingly, in the voice of Nikulin from “Diamond Hand”:

Are the cartridges empty? Give it a fight!

They showed me open zinc and a mountain of empty shops, they say, if you want to throw away, fill them yourself. But blank cartridges are in short supply in the Donbass. The clip was shot by one of the best clip makers in Donetsk. The girl and the boy kissed very touchingly and fired from machine guns. And to help them, from the armored “Niva” nicknamed “Brunhilda”, stern guys with barrels and grenade launchers came out. In the fall, I drove this Brunnhilda 1,200 kilometers through the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions and the land corridor to the Crimea and back, so she no longer even wanted to look in her direction …

The clip was shot by one of the best clip makers in Donetsk. The girl and the boy kissed very touchingly and fired from machine guns.

Photo: Dmitri STESHIN

From behind the parapet of the training ground, from other places, automatic grenade launchers answered us and some kind of heavy-caliber sniper rifle whipped us. The fighters of the commander of the reconnaissance detachment with the call sign “Haram” trained at this training ground (more on this in my report on the KP website). The Haram have a tough approach to combat. Reconnaissance outing, rest day, then bug fixes at the training ground. Such a correct approach is gradually becoming the mainstream of the exotic.

At the end of this part of the shoot, we tore two pillows, we threw feathers into the wind so that it would snow in the frame. Everything fell into fluff. From the outside, this whole move looked comical, but I figured the final product would be worth it. We’ll see in a couple of weeks.

Stern guys with pistols and grenade launchers got out of the armored Niva, nicknamed Brunhilda.

Photo: Dmitri STESHIN

Old rock and new rap

Only late in the evening, at dusk, Akim and I sat down on a bench near the bank of the Kalmius River. The phones turned off by themselves – electronic warfare started working, as always suddenly, blocking any signal. But we speak calmly.

– So, what do you hear in the trenches of the NWO?

Akim started listing genres and finally surprised me:

– I hear Sacred, I hear Rich. Many Vasya Basta, despite the inconsistency of a person, still listen to his “Dark Night”. “Samsara” listen. “25/17” – and on both sides of the front. this is rap

– And rock?

– Old school rock, of course. They listen to Chicherina, Olga Kormukhina and Vadim Samoilov. Somewhere, they say, they hear “Shaman”, but I did not find myself.

From behind the parapet of the training ground, from other places, automatic grenade launchers answered us and some kind of heavy-caliber sniper rifle whipped us. The fighters of the commander of the reconnaissance detachment with the call sign “Haram” trained at this training ground.

Photo: Dmitri STESHIN

– But all Shamans support and share his opinion.

Akim smiled.

– You will not believe it, all the songs of The Three Musketeers are very relevant now.

– They listen to absolutely frenzied pop music, from which you blush. Because he did not expect that the respectable commander of the commander’s company would suddenly hear a song, in the mother tongue, about the famous “six” full. What are you listening?

– Old songs, 2014.

Akim sings with precision and cleanliness: “There’s a DPR patch on my puffer jacket! Novorossiya! LPR!

– Can we say that the uprising in Novorossia formed a whole cultural layer?

Akim disagreed with me, he says that the process is at the beginning:

– Our recent history has not yet been mythologized. Aware of the enormity of what happened ahead. But the local Donbass myth is suddenly spreading to all of Russia.

– In business it is called “scaling”.

Yes, the process is not over. 14 heroes and NWO heroes are now on the same rows. We are only now realizing what started 9 years ago.

From the outside, this whole move looked comical, but I figured the final product would be worth it. We’ll see in a couple of weeks.

Photo: Dmitri STESHIN

Our cultural haven

Akim, not immediately, but nevertheless agrees that it was through the “Donbass theme” that he entered the “big stage”. I know Akim’s first record was like that… “gangsta rap” style, ie girls, granny, drugs and fighting. Akim, laughing, told me about this experiment, he hopes his children never know about this album. Our reality turned out to be steeper, and the position of the musician harder. Akim says that today, an artist without a civil office should not exist at all:

– If the artist did not leave and at the same time not with his country, he must understand that there are people who will publicly reject him. This is what is happening. And the empty environment is filled with others.

Is there any chance they will change? Will we find some compromise?

– I think they should be able to atone for sins.

– As?

– Bathe in the crystal clear waters of the Azov Sea. If a person wants to change his choice, he should not be prevented, many have gone this way. Let them come to Donbass, volunteer, help, as there are many people here who need help.

– I have long noticed that the Donbass is a purgatory on earth. You can remember Joseph Kobzon, who left our world as a righteous man. Through his native Donbass (the people’s artist was born in Chasov Yar near Artemovsk-Bakhmut.-Ed.).

– There are hopeless cases. The same “Okean Elzy”. Everyone knows that Vakarchuk sponsors the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and at the same time, for some reason, continues to receive royalties from our social networks and search services. We have another “cultural trench” on the other side of the front.

INSTEAD OF EPILOGUE

To hear, you have to move 10 miles back.

This is a big guess: find out what kind of music they listen to on the same nip. Right in the trenches. There they do not hear anything, a good commander instantly breaks the speakers with his butt and drives a nail into the phones. Too many “music lovers” suffered sabotage from enemy groups or sudden artillery attacks that were not heard, distracted by the music. They don’t listen in cars either. Especially with the advent of kamikaze drones. They drive with the windows rolled down, listening to the sounds of the sky.

The place of music is a little further, 10-20 kilometers from the front, where the fighters go to rest after the rotation, that’s where music is needed as air is needed for the lungs and peace of mind.

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