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Vasily Zinkevich: a person who is not subject to time

Unfortunately, today a new generation of Ukrainian listeners at the mention of the name Vasily Zinkevich is unlikely to clearly answer the question of what kind of performer is, and what contribution he contributed to the development of music. Let's pay tribute to him and see what exactly the singer introduced into the national color of Ukraine.

Vasily Zinkevich: biography, family and the success of a simple guy

The future public favorite was born May 1, 1945 on Khmelnytsky in the village Vaskovtsy of Izyaslovsky district (at that time it was still the Ukrainian SSR).

As expected, in the countryside at that time, it was not without feasts and chants. Ukrainian folk motifs were present everywhere. It was from them that the young star began to advance professionally. I must say that Vasily Zinkevich (photo of which is given in the article) already at that time was distinguished by unique vocal data.

His family, although it was, as they say, the most usual, nevertheless, managed to discern in the boy a real talent, which in the end will lead him to success at the state level of the Soviet Union.

What was Vasily Zinkevich at that time? The family says that the guy grew up like an ordinary schoolboy, especially not standing out among peers. But here the Ukrainian folk folklore, to which he had a weakness, nevertheless did his job, and this man made a choice in favor of the song.

Vasily Zinkevich: the first steps on the stage

The future singer got a pretty good education in Vyzhnytsky College of arts and crafts. As it turned out, this was enough for Vasily Zinkevich to choose a career as a singer.

Of course, at that time on the scene did not earn so much. Fees were calculated in the form of salaries from philharmonic societies. But in 1968 Vasily Zinkevich ventured on an extraordinary step: he became the leader-vocalist of the group "Smerichka", which was then promoted by Lev Dutkovsky.

Smerichka Group

It was "Smerichka" that became the starting point to the peak of popularity. A year later, Nazar Yaremchuk, equally respected now, albeit deceased, joined the team.

Vasily Zinkevich together with him performed "Chervona Ruta", which later became almost a symbol of Ukraine.

What can I say, even such a respected and beloved singer as Sofia Mikhailovna Rotaru passed through this school. She, of course, against the background of Zinkevich and Yaremchuk became more popular due to the awarding of titles of the People's Artist of the Ukrainian and Moldavian SSR. In addition, at the peak of popularity, she changed the language of the text, which Vasily Zinkevich never did.

The main milestones of creativity

As for popularity, singer Vasily Zinkevich is now undeservedly forgotten. After Smerichka, he worked in tandem with Nazar Yaremchuk, but for some reason they were always opposed to each other, despite the fact that in life they did not compete at all.

Already now it became clear that they were vocalized by various Soviet leaders. But against the background of rival men the flower of popularity of Sofia Rotaru has blossomed. By the way, not only is it due to its ascent of "Smerichka".

If anyone does not know, Sophia Mikhailovna has two more sisters. Once in the Soviet Union, they tried to create a trio Rotaru, sang a couple of songs, but that's all ended.

Vasily Zinkevich on the verge of collapse of the USSR did not change himself. As he sang in Ukrainian, he sings. And, most interestingly, he is not interested in all sorts of political bindings peculiar to the current Ukrainian state.

Perhaps, his songs are not as popular as Western hits, however, one can give credit to the fact that Vasily Zinkevich is still recording in the studio albums, by sound, in general, not particularly different from the Soviet times. This is understandable, because the old listeners want to hear the classics of the genre, and certainly not the new-found synthesizers or distorted vocals.


For his career Zinkevich received not so many awards, as one would expect. Among the most prestigious is the national deserved and people's artist of the Ukrainian SSR (1980, 1985), the Taras Shevchenko Prize of Ukraine (1994), the recognition as an honorary citizen of Lutsk (2001) and the award of the Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise.

What remains to be added?

Vasily Zinkevich, the Ukrainian singer, may not be as frenzied as modern day-old one-day groups, but he in his songs with the use of national Ukrainian traditions is so positive for people that many of the citizens of the country itself today are threatened with total collapse and destruction , Can only rejoice that such emotions are present at all.

But this is not the most important thing. Vasily Zinkevich stood on the verge of promoting Ukrainian songs at the all-Union level. Rotaru was later. But Zinchevich and Yaremchuk became just those pioneers who raised national folklore on this scale. Remember, well, who has not heard such well-known words as "Chervonu Rutu do not joke around the streets"? At the subconscious level, even the melody is known to everyone.

Now, it seems, it is already clear that the Ukrainian singer has made a significant contribution to the development of culture in general. Some perceive this on a musical level, some associate it with political aspects, the point is not that. If there is talent and understanding, it, as they say, you will not spend on drink. Well, in this case, and argue is meaningless.

As Vasily Zinkevich was his "own" national treasure, he remained with them. A huge spiritual wound in the understanding of his admirers consists only in the loss of a close friend and comrade Nazariy Yaremchuk.

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