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Chaif (?)
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Concert in Toronto (Nov 2017)
Background information
OriginSverdlovsk (Yekaterinburg), USSR (Russia)
Genresrock, blues rock, reggae, rock and roll, punk rock(early)
1985 (1985)-present
MembersVladimir Shakhrin,
Vladimir Begunov,
Valery Severin,
Vyacheslav Dvinin
Vadim Kukushkin,
Silas Warren,
Vladimir Nazimov,
Igor Zlobin,
Alina Nifanteva,
Anton Nifantev,
Vladimir Privalov,
Vladimir Zheltovskih,
Pavel Ustyugov

Chaif (?) is a Russian rock band formed in 1984 in Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg), Russia, by Vladimir Shakhrin and Vladimir Begunov.[1] Their name is derived from the word chai, meaning tea, and kaif (slang word), meaning pleasure.[1] The band reached national fame in 1992 with songs such as Ne Speshi (Don't Hurry) and 17.[1] By 1997, the popularity of rock music had declined and they were playing smaller venues than at the height of their fame.[2] They have released several albums and are very popular in Russia and former Soviet states, but they are virtually unknown to the rest of the world. Their musical styles range from rock and roll to Blues and even some songs which feature a strong reggae influence. The band is still touring and releasing albums occasionally.[3]

After the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, Chaif took part in cultural meeting between delegations from Crimea and Sverdlovsk Oblast.[4] The lead singer of the band, Vladimir Shakhrin, was critical of Andrei Makarevich for supporting Ukraine's position in the conflict.[5]



Year Original title Translated title
1985 ? ? ? Life in a pink smoke
1986 ? ? Saturday evening in Sverdlovsk
1988 The best city in Europe

Studio albums

Year Original title Translated title
1987 ? Leathercrap
1987 ? ? Nuts to you
1989 ? It doesn't matter
1990 Let's return
1991 ? The Fourth chair
1993 ? Children of mountains
1995 , Let everything be as you want
1996 Real world
1999 Shekogali
2000 Sympathies
2001 ? Time doesn't wait
2003 48 48
2004 ? ? (? "?") Emerald hits (collaboration with Izumrud ensemble)
2006 ? From myself
2009 ?/ Friend/Foe
2013 ?, ? ? Cinema, wine and dominoes

The Oranzhevoye Nastroenie series

Year Original title Translated title
1994 ? Orange mood
1996 ? -- II Orange mood -- II
2002 ? -- IV Orange mood -- IV
2008 ? -- V Orange mood -- V

Live albums

Year Original title Translated title
1995 ? Concert
2000 ? 15 Chaif 15 years
2005 ? 20 Chaif 20 years
2010 ?. 25 Chaif. 25 years old
2011 . ? Winter acoustic. Snow dreams


Year Original title Translated title
1997 Acoustic versions
1998 Best of ? Best of Chaif
1998 ? ?. ? Legends of Russian rock. Chaif
1998 Selected
2009 25 25 years old
2009 (2CD) Best songs


  1. ^ a b c Beumers, Birgit (2005). Pop culture Russia!: media, arts, and lifestyle. Santa Barbara, Calif: ABC-CLIO. p. 222. ISBN 978-1-85109-459-2.
  2. ^ Filipov, David (June 19, 1997). "The Soviet Union disintegrated to a rock beat but pop now rules Russia". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Archived from the original on November 2, 2012. Retrieved 2010.
  3. ^ Gordon, Irina (1 August 2008). ? ? ? " " (in Russian). RIA Novosti. Retrieved 2010. Rock Band Chaif go on tour in cities of Russia and the CIS in support of their latest album, "Orange Mood" in the autumn of 2008, group leader Vladimir Shakhrin said in an interview with RIA Novosti.
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