Mordovian ethno band Oyme presented their new video clip for the song Vaya and featured Deep Forest (France).
t was, possibly, the most flashy presentation of a folk band of the last decade. The Emporio Cafe club of the founder of A-Studio Baygali Serkebaev was flourished with sponsor drinks and delicacies, Deep Forest (the Grammy award winning founders of world-music as a style) and Oyme were performing on a finely equipped stage, all the screens were showing the making process of the music video, and then then video itself.
To sum up, everything was top-class, Filipp Kirkorov would have envied a presentation like this. The paradox is that Oyme and Deep Forest are truly first-class musicians, but while in the case of Deep Forest no proof is needed anymore, Oyme are desperately seeking acknowledgement on the television and especially on radio. The day before Eric Moquet was giving a concert in Ukraine, and the day after in the Moscow YotaSpace club. In this time frame he was able to visit to the presentation of Ezhevika Spirkina.
The song Vaya is Oyme’s the main hit song. Despite the fact that it appeared in 2012 (as an edition of an Erzya song) there was no video clip made for it. The song appeared occasionally on the radio, also in a compilation of Artemy Troitsky, was performed on all significant festivals in Russia, from Sotvorenie Mira to Peter Gabriel’s Womad, however its media fate did not work out too well.
The music video was created by Maxim Bykanov, a young graduate director of the Clipmaker school. It’s filmed in a quite atmosperic mode. There’s the waving hair of the soloist, drums giving rise to colums of dust, rings of fire, immersions into the water. Quite standard, but ethical. Mario Forelli, the former soloist of Cirque du Soleil, dances with much expression. The work is valuable, but the journalist are drawn back by Ezhevika: “Wait, it is not released yet!”. That looked absurd. It turned out that the “school” took the rights for the video clip, and didn’t stream it online after the release according to all written and unwritten laws of showbiz. They also decided to release it someplace else in the province some other time later. So the clip was there, but also wasn’t quite there yet. A noticeable reminder of the 90-s …
The concert, however, was a success. They started off with lively calls of «Pezchangotj!» and then shared the stage with the guru Eric Mouquet and his band. After performing together with Oyme in a couple of festivals Mouquet was inspired with the idea of making a few collaborative tracks with the wonderful Oyme. He drastically resampled what he was sent, thus making Oyme’s song (Yes, dedicated to Oyme!) and Simply Done on his new album «Evo Devo». It’s the first time that Deep Forest had a collaboration with Russian artists. So, of course, how could have he not have dropped by? Expectedly, Mouquet played Sweet Lullaby, his main hit song and the girls sang along. But the concert’s special was the collaborative live premiere of Vaya. And what should be admitted is that with Deep Forest the song became immensely deep, with a psychedelic solo, and sub-earth digging of the bass and wondrous melismas. Little chance that the general public in Russia will appreciate these delicacies, but the joint performance was for sure a big event and this should well be published somewhere, at least as a bootleg.
Then they started giving gifts. Sponsors were giving rarity bottles of Bulgarian wine Villa Vinifera from the Bolshoy Theatre collection: «Carmen-Suite», «Zhizel» and «Rozum» to all musicians including Oyme’s producer, Vladimir Osinsky. Oyme presented Mordovian house slippers, a girdle(!) and even self-prepared Erzyan dishes panzhakay (a potato pie) and starch pasta. It was sweet.
The concert was then continued by a duet with a Kazakh singer Dina Jo and the performance of the song Karelia, after which the lively show continued with the performance of Oyme themselves. Baygali Serkebaev was given a massive lulama, and he was dumbfoundedly stomping with it on the floor. Everything worked out right. But we will not be able to show the video clip that was stolen by the clipmakers.
Translated by Sviatoslav Avilov
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