Pink Floyd is due to release a new song on Friday to raise money for humanitarian aid in Ukraine, according to Reuters.
The British band’s song features the voice of a Ukrainian singer who left an international tour to fight for his country and was injured, the news agency reported.
The single “Hey Hey, Rise Up”, the first new original music from Pink Floyd in almost 30 years, was recorded last week and features the singing of Andriy Khlyvnyuk of the Ukrainian band Boombox, which was taken from a social media post. social.
Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour said he learned that Khlyvnyuk, with whom he had previously performed, left a US tour with Boombox and returned to Ukraine to join the Territorial Defense Forces.
“Then I saw this amazing video on Instagram, where he stands in a square in kyiv with this beautiful gold-domed church and sings in the silence of a city with no traffic and no background noise due to war,” Gilmour said on Pink Floyd. website.
“It was a powerful moment that made me want to put music to it.”
Gilmour said he spoke with Khlyvnyuk while he was in a hospital in kyiv recovering from a mortar shrapnel wound.
“I played him some of the song over the phone and he gave me his blessing. We both hope to do something together in person in the future,” he said.
Gilmour said he had a Ukrainian daughter-in-law and grandchildren and was feeling “the anger and frustration” of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Moscow has said that he is involved in a special operation to degrade Ukraine’s military capabilities and root out nationalists.
The track, which features Khlyvnyuk singing a World War I protest song, also features Nick Mason, founding member of Pink Floyd, as well as Gilmour and other musicians.