What can you do when your country is destroyed? “Nothing” was not an option for Sashko Brama. So he put together a theatric metal performance to bring his message across. With great succes.
As some of you might have read I was skeptical about this kind of engagement. For me, engagement in music too often feels as just another way of self promotion, even when the self proclaimed prophets are sincere in their core. And I have to admit that five minutes after Sashko Brama started, I feared the worst. But he turned it all around.
First those five minutes. Honestly, musically it’s not something that you’d want to know too much about. If you love metal, you’re not going to enjoy this bad impression of it. If you don’t like it, well…
But here’s the thing, and I know I’m going to sound like an old retarded guy now: Pop music used to be about something. Even if it wasn’t literally proclaimed in the music, it would stand for something rebellious, something provocative, something that supported different movements in different generations. And I miss that. But tonight it was present in every note, in every word. This was not a band that pretended to be mad, mean, aggressive and doomed. This is a band that knows how it feels to be doomed. Because the country it comes from is being destroyed by nothing less than war. And Sashko Brama shows us just how devastating this is for all concerned.
The performance was brave in so many ways. Because Brama is not accepting the hopelessness. He’s putting out a message he thinks the world should know about. And he does it in a form that is brave too: not just a book, not just music with a message, but with a touching ‘musical’ story about two people who love each other but are on opposite sides of a seemingly uncrossable bridge. And it was brave because it’s not just a ‘fuck the devil Putin message’ but a ‘stop destroying the future of so many of us, both Ukrainian and Russian.
So now what? Will this encounter add to a change of the situation? Will I become ‘active’? I doubt it. But at least Sashko Brama refused to accept the hopelessness. He reminded 100 people in Germany about the awful situation in the Ukraine. Whatever comes out of it, it’s better than doing nothing. And on top of that he made the doom in music sound like something very natural. That alone is enough to earn anyones respect.