This is pretty cool. An ordinary Ukrainian soldier just entertaining his fellow soldiers on a bandura, a traditional folk instrument many consider to be Ukraine’s national instrument. According to Wikipedia, it’s a “Ukrainian plucked-string folk instrument” that “combines elements of the zither and lute” and dates back to the 1400s. To my eyes, it looks like a lute crossed with a harp. This modern iteration comes with 68 strings and looks quite daunting to play.
The choice of Metallica makes sense as they’re still wildly popular in that area of the world as they were one of the first bands to play after the collapse of the Soviet Union in a famous 1991 concert in Moscow that was attended by an estimated 1.6 million. As such, for many, they’ve since become synonymous with freedom from Soviet (Russian) imperialism and tyranny.
A Ukrainian soldier’s acoustic rendition of a Metallica song using a traditional instrument has gone viral.
In the video posted across social media, the soldier is surrounded by others in a room as he plays “Nothing Else Matters.” The hit song was released in 1992 and is one of the heavy metal band’s best-known tracks.