Syarhei Mikhalok, the former leader of the Belarusian music band Lyapis Trubetskoy and now frontman of Brutto, has addressed the country’s Culture Minister.
Lyapis Trubetskoy supported the revolution of dignity in Ukraine from the very start. Their song “Light Warriors” became one of the unofficial anthems of Maidan.
“For many years, officials and executives in charge of the development of culture in the territory of the Republic of Belarus have reiterated that there are no unofficial bans and so-called black lists. I suggest a social experiment be conducted. Give us the opportunity to hold a concert in the Arena leisure centre, fix the most awkward time, e.g. on Wednesday at 10:00, Thursday at 15:00, or Monday at 00:00. Do not bother us but provide us with the opportunity to meet with our fans who are tired of chasing us all over Europe whereas in the center of Minsk there is a wonderful concert venue built on the taxpayers dime. Not to be accused of greed and self-interest, I promise you that all the money from the concert bo-office will go to the Minsk Charity House and homes for the disabled. Why? Because [their nurses] looked after and care about my father who never had the opportunity to come to my in Minsk,” Mikhalok said in his appeal to the minister.
The iconic rock performer also posted the music video ‘Native Land’ under his appeal: