Pink Floyd thanks the supporters of the song that benefits Ukraine by raising £500,000

Pink Floyd thanked everyone who supported the charity single in Ukraine Hey, Hey, Rise Up as they announced it had raised £500,000.

His rock band released the song in April of this year to help “relieve the pain” of people in the war-torn country.

It marked the first original piece recorded by the group as a collective since The Division Bell in 1994 and featured David Gilmour and Nick Mason as well as longtime collaborator and bass player Guy Pratt, with musician Nitin Sawhney on the keyboard.

The song also features Ukrainian singer Andriy Khlyvnyuk, from the rock and pop band Boombox, from a clip he posted on Instagram where he sang in Kyiv’s Sofiyskaya Square.

The band said in a statement on Friday: “Pink Floyd would like to thank everyone who has supported Hey, Hey, Rise Up.

“The single, recorded on 30 March with Andriy Khlyvnyuk of Ukrainian band Boombox, has so far raised more than £450,000 to help ease the pain of the Ukrainian people.

“David Gilmour and Nick Mason have added £50,000 to bring this up to £500,000 which will be distributed to humanitarian charities.”

The charities to which this money will be donated are: Hospitallers, a Ukrainian voluntary medical organization; Kharpp, helping refugees in Ukraine and when they arrive in Poland; Livyj Bereh, which supplies and rebuilds homes and schools; Kyiv volunteers, which provide aid and feed civilians; and Vostok SOS helping victims of the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

The band also encouraged people to donate directly to the groups, adding: “Salute to all of you and Slava Ukraini.”

Guitarist and singer Gilmour, who has a Ukrainian daughter-in-law and granddaughter, previously said the group had “felt anger and disappointment at this despicable act of a peaceful, democratic nation, its independence was invaded attack and kill people. of the great powers of the world”.

The musician, 76, explained when the charity song was released that he approached Khlyvnyuk after seeing a video he shared on Instagram in which he was heard singing a Ukrainian patriotic protest song, The Red Viburnum In The Meadow, as he thought it was a “powerful moment” that he wanted to put into the music.

The name of the song Pink Floyd is taken from the last line of the song.

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The video for the new song was shot by director and screenwriter Mat Whitecross and the cover art for the single features a painting of sunflowers, Ukraine’s national flower, by Cuban artist Yosan Leon.

The flower is said to be a reference to the woman who confronted Russian soldiers asking them to take her seeds and carry them in her pocket so that when they died, sunflowers would grow. Pink Floyd thanks the supporters of the song that benefits Ukraine by raising £500,000

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