Two Russian artists are the first in a string of artists worldwide to create their own version of “Toast To Freedom”. Many more will be joining in over the course of the next few months to make their personal contribution in support of Amnesty International. It wasn’t difficult for Boris Barabanov, music writer for Russian newspaper “Kommersant”, to convince Russian rapper Basta (Vasily Vakulenko) to create an all-new lyrics version of “Toast to Freedom”, called “Svoboda”. Within days, the song reached more than 300.000 views on YouTube and will soon be available on iTunes.
For our visitors from Germany who can’t watch the video because of GEMA – here’s the track on SoundCloud:
The second Russian contribution is performed by Pavel Artemiev, Jenia Lubich and the Jukebox Trio, the most popular Russian acapella-beatbox group. It was performed live on May 3rd at the late night show “Evening Urgant” on Channel One in Russia: