Belarusian folk singing is known to be the oldest, unaltered singing style in Europe.
Song types and themes include: spring and summer cycle songs, wedding and natal songs,
love songs, laments, battle songs, and ancient mythology. Most if not all of these songs
are out of everyday use.
VOLYA is a Belarusian folk group based in Seattle, Washington (USA). It was created in 2009
with the mission of introducing the people of the Pacific Northwest to the beauty and
richness of Belarusian folklore. The group’s repertoire consists of traditional songs from
different regions of Belarus, with a particular emphasis on ancient Belarusian songs,
many with roots in pre-Christian and Medieval times, which it performs in authentic style.
The group is proud to wear original hand-made traditional folk costumes created in the late
XIX century and donated to VOLYA by villagers from Palesse region.
The group has four members, most of them with deep connections to Belarus and its culture: Volya Dzemka, Olga Sukhover, Darinka Shapovalova, Raisa Asriyants.