While I was looking for more videos by the Gardiner Brothers (yesterday’s Song of the Day artists), YouTube suggested a video by Ukranian singer and yodeler Sofia Shkidchenko, which was this morning’s Song of the Day. I was so impressed with her that I found a few more videos of her (she has quite a few; she’s been on YouTube since at least 2017), many of which showcase her yodeling, but a few that show that she sings quite well, too. Here are six of them; the last two deal with the current situation in Ukraine and may contain disturbing images.
- Her first appearance on Ukraine’s Got Talent in April 2017, when she was 11.
- She sings "Ku Ku Yodel" on German TV’s Oesch’s die Dritten a year later, when she was 12.
- A Christmas video, "Santa’s Yodeling Song." She was 13 here.
- From around the same time as the last video, an appearance on the BBC’s "Zoe Ball’s Breakfast Show," with the group Basement Jaxx.
- A cover of "Not Your War," by (I believe) an artist named Ocean Elsie or Elsie Ocean. This was made less than two weeks ago.
- Sofia sings the Ukranian National Anthem after an explanation of the lyrics. Her patriotism is admirable.
Sofia Shkidchenko, your Five for Friday, March 18, 2022.