The famous Polish music band TGD in collaboration with the popular vocalist Mateusz Zulk recorded a song in support of Ukrainians affected by the war. The video for the single Ocaleni (Survivors) is promoted by the Polish-Ukrainian program project Family to Family, which Caritas Polska implements in partnership with Caritas-Spes Ukraine.
The song along with the CD announces the release of the album Carols of the World 3 and the TGD band concert program of the TGD band. The authors of the work dedicated it to the 40th anniversary of the group and this is the only non-carol addition to the festive album. The lyrics and video sequence refer to the tragic events in Ukraine related to the Russian aggression. And they show the Poles' attitude responding to the misfortune of Ukrainians forced to leave their homes in the war-torn areas.
"First a few years ago the music was created. The melody is one of the most valuable of those that I managed to create. At that time I did not know what this song would be about, but I felt that it should be about something important", the leader and conductor of the band Petro Nazaruk says. "Then I had a plan - on the occasion of our band anniversary- to play with the idea of a forty-year journey to the Promised Land. The text was almost ready, but I... hid it in a drawer. The war broke out in Ukraine. My allegorical phrases at such a time seemed to me too pathetic and sublime. And I wanted to somehow react to what is happening here and now, to the drama that moved me and millions of people so much. By chance (or not by chance), several of my friends with whom I talked about our attempts to help refugees, quoted the Bible saying "Whoever saves one life saves the world entire". And I realized that those were the words that my melody was waiting for. I was even more touched by our closest neighbors' tragedy, hosting at my home two Ukrainians who fled from the shelling in their native Kharkiv."
The premiere of TGD's album Carols of the World 3 will take place on November 18, 2022. In support of the new release in December this year and in January next year, the band will visit 15 Polish cities with concerts.
Within the framework of the charity project Family to Family, more than 500 Ukrainian families from Chernihiv, Kyiv, Zhytomyr and Cherkasy regions affected by the disaster of war will receive assistance. The project covers first of all large families, internally displaced persons, families directly affected by the war. The funds come from Polish families and parishes of the Roman Catholic Church in Poland. The project Family to Family is implemented in cooperation and with the support of Caritas Poland. Such support will become a reliable step for Ukrainian families to return to normal life.