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Status: 07/03/2022 7:39 p.m.

The Russian group Little Big does not want to remain silent about the war against Ukraine – that’s why its members left the country. And the group is far from alone. But the war also remains his subject abroad.

By Annette Kammerer, Studio Moscow, currently Berlin

On February 24, the day Russia invaded Ukraine, Russian rave group Little Big posted a black tile on Instagram. As with many other Russians at the time, only two words can be read. Once in Russian, once in English: No War – No to war.

The group immediately receives a call with a clear message: the tile must disappear. When they refuse, they realize that they are the ones who must leave now.

“Die or Go”

“We believe our decision will help us say what has long been banned in Russia,” the band’s vocalist Ilya Prussikin said in an interview with the ARD Studio Moscow. They all packed just two suitcases and then flew to Los Angeles via Dubai, where they immediately started working on a new song.

It’s called “Generation Cancellation” and was released last week. It’s an anti-war song that could hardly be more punchy and direct. The English lyrics are as catchy as they are simple: “I have no choice / Die or go / My generation is a new civilisation”.

In the music video, the children are given rocket-shaped hot dogs. Two men in suits play chess with soldiers. A news anchor sits on the toilet. Its sewage is pumped from the television directly into the householders.

“New Civilization”

“We don’t agree at all,” Prussikin repeated over and over in the interview, exhaling loudly and with disappointment when it came to his home country. As a child, he often heard the saying: “The main thing is not war. Hunger – okay. Poverty – okay. The main thing is, no war.”

This is something that most people would have accepted recently, but now many are saying, “It’s not all black and white,” and thanks to propaganda, they themselves are suddenly in favor of war.

On the Internet, the members of the group are now listed as “traitors of the people”. Nevertheless, they mainly made music for Russians, according to lead singer Ilija. It works best abroad, where he can still say whatever he wants. The band is planning a US tour this summer. and Europa. But they would prefer to perform in Russia itself.

politically correct gigs

Meanwhile, concerts there have been repeatedly canceled because Russian musicians refused to sing on stage in front of the Russian pro-war symbol, the “Z”. For example, in Tyumen in April it was the “DDT” group. In the Siberian city of Omsk, rock band BI-2 refused to play in front of a banner reading “For the President”.

It is quite obvious, music critic Artemiy Troitskiy recently said on the Russian YouTube channel Breakfast Show, that in the near future there will be no more performances in Russia of artists “who have somehow another criticized Putin or the so-called special operation”.

The list is long

In addition to the “Little Big” group, other famous artists have long since left Russia. The departure of rapper Oxxxymiron, who on February 24 published a video in which he condemned the war and then organized the series of benefit concerts “Russians against war” in Istanbul and later also in Berlin, was particularly well known.

According to his Instagram account, the Russian artist Monetochka now lives in Riga, while the group IC3PEAK, which has always criticized the regime, has canceled all concerts in Russia.

Even world stars like singer Alla Pugachova are said to stay abroad. His possible return to Russia from Israel, meanwhile, is the subject of much debate in the country.

Abroad better than at home

Oxxxymiron recently filled a huge hall in Berlin, thousands of people watched the stream. According to music critic Troitsky, the artists who left found large audiences abroad – that’s why the Russian rock scene outside Russia is now even better: “Russia itself is full of rock from shit that goes under the letter ‘Z’ also happens regularly on all sorts of stages.”

Troizkij has respect for everyone who stayed in Russia anyway: “But if we are talking about development prospects, then of course there are a lot more abroad.”

Meanwhile, Little Big is already working on “a lot of new songs”, says singer Prussikin. There would be enough material to process. “It’s the only thing we can do. That’s why we have only one plan for life: to make music, to shoot music videos and perform, to get energy from viewers and give them Energy.”

The Russian group “Little Big” leaves its homeland

Annette Kammerer, ARD Moscow, July 1, 2022 2:36 p.m.

Source www.tagesschau.de

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