Group "Hattie" - this is a unique musical and instrumental group that preserves and conveys the ancient culture of the Adyghe people through compositions that penetrate the hearts of the listeners.

Creativity "Hattie" - air, soulful and incredibly heartfelt. It allows listeners to be transported to the mountains of the Caucasus, to hear the silence of untouched nature, to feel the true peace and tranquility enveloped in the wisdom of their ancestors ...

The history and composition of the group "Hattie"

A group from the city of Nalchik, the Kabardino-Balkarian Republic. The team was founded in 2005 year, on the initiative of the music publishing house "Sound-M". At that time, the creator of the group Kazbek Balkarov assembled a dance ensemble, which included professional dancers and musicians. Now the group has switched to another format - music and is engaged only in writing and performing ethnic compositions.

Group Hatti: “Our goal is to create interesting, time consonant music!”
Group "Hatti": "Our goal is to create interesting, in line with their time music!"

During this time, the composition of the team has changed several times. Currently the group includes:

1. Arsen Indarokov - guitar, lepapshyne, vocals
2. Anzor Uvizhev - wind instruments, lepapshyne, vocals
3. Kazbek Balkarov - percussion
4. Aslanbek Kumykov - bass guitar
5. Aslan Dudar - accordion, accordion, lepapshine
6. Dima Baklanov - keyboard instruments
7. Roma Fakov - sound engineer
8. Zaur Nashapigov - Director

A few days ago the ethnic album of the musical group “Hattie” - “Jagu” was released, which included compositions created by the group during the dance period. We decided to meet with the participants of "Hattie" and talk in more detail not only about the collection, but also about the life of the collective, its past and future ...

- Please tell us more about the history of the formation and development of the group.

- At first, “Hatti” was a dance group performing traditional Adyg dance. Gradually, work on the repertoire resulted in experiments with music and instruments, and the next step for Hatti was the creation of an independent musical program consisting of folk music and original compositions. Today the group "Hatti" is positioning itself as a musical group.

- Why was the band called Hattie?

- Because Freddie Mercury said that the name should be short and sonorous. But seriously, we wanted it to be really bright, original and contain something native to the Adyghe heart. The Hutts are an ancient nationality, the ancestors of the modern Circassians.

The founder of the group Hatti Kazbek Balkarov
The founder of the group "Hattie" Kazbek Balkarov

- List all the musical instruments that the group uses in their work.

- In addition to the traditional Adyghe - shikapshina, apapshina, Kamyl, pkhatsych, Adyghe accordion, we also included an acoustic guitar, bass guitar, Peruvian kahon, Irish Wisl, African kalimba, synthesizer and various percussion instruments.

- What composition did your work start with and who wrote it?

- We started with the song “Chipako's Song” (Gathathagugu), which was composed by our guitarist Arsen Indarokov.

- At what point did the group gain popularity? What was the reason?

- It can be said that “Hattie” had already gone through popularity once - in our dance years. We were quite “fashionable” at one time, collaborated with many entertainers (the project of Robert Saralp “Circassian Circle” was created on the basis of our ensemble), experimented with dancing and music, and, probably, many of our ideas came to taste young people.

Now it is difficult to talk about how popular we are. But the fact that we have our own audience, undoubtedly. After the release of our album, new clips, I think it will be possible to speak more specifically. Although popularity is not an end in itself for Hattie.

Video clip of the group "Hatti" "Gathe Jagu"

Creativity group "Hatti" today

Creativity group Hatti today
Creativity group "Hatti" today

- What can you call the “main idea” of your group's creativity?

- Our goal is to create interesting, time-consuming music, modern and understandable to any generations and peoples. That she had deep traditional roots, but, at the same time, was directed to the future.

- What is the main, fundamentally important in your work?

- It is important for us to develop, the ability to hear everything that happens in modern music, and to be heard everywhere, no matter where we speak.

- Is it difficult to work in a team?

- Probably, in the format in which Hattie works, the team is the most optimal form. We have practically no disputes - rather, constructive discussions. The good news is that those who play in our ensemble do not have personal ambitions - everything is aimed at the success of Hatti. We have mutual understanding, similar tastes - we grew up on the same music, so we feel each other well.

- What do you think, whose national music, not counting representatives of the Greater Caucasus, is more like Adyghe?

- I want to say at once that many European travelers of the 18th-19th centuries noted the consonance of Celtic music with Circassian, that is, Adyghe music. Today, of course, we are interested in the music of any nations of the world, but with surprise for ourselves, we recently discovered some similarity between the Scandinavian and Adyghean tunes.

- Tell us about the day when you realized that you need to play together. How did this happen, when and what was the main motive?

- Even during the time of the dance "Hattie" we worked with different musicians. And the current composition was formed gradually. There is no particular day when we suddenly once gathered together. But I can say that three people stood at the origins of the current Hatti format - Arsen Indarokov, AnzorUvizhev and I Kazbek Balkarov.

- Who is your listener?

- It is difficult to answer unequivocally. Many young people come to our concerts, and it is pleasant to note that the older generation and the professional community accepted us. And if we return to the issue of popularity, I can say that today we have already gained a certain fame in the Adyghe diaspora abroad, which is very important for us.

- What inspires you?

- In addition to traditional music, folklore of the peoples of the world, inspired by the musicians on whose work we grew up: Queen, Beatles, LedZeppelin and many others.

- Describe your music in one word.

- Hattie!

Jagu Album

- January 18 was released “Jagu” - an ethnic album with traditional Adyghe-Abkhaz compositions. Tell us a little about the tracklist and how the album was created.

- Here we collected the melodies of our dance period, with which we directly worked, for which we performed. These are folk tunes in our processing.

- What does the name of the album “Jagu”?

- Jagu is a traditional Adyghe dance game. In the deep old days it wore, first of all, a ritual character. Gradually it became more and more akin to carnival action, but it always enjoyed great respect. During all the time of the jagu (and it could stretch for several days), there was a special order and etiquette reigned inside it.

- Can you roughly indicate the age of these songs? How old are they?

- If we talk about the historical age, now it is difficult to name specific numbers, but they are at least 200 years old - many of them are archaic in nature. We have been performing them since our foundation, that is, from the 2005 year.

Plans for the group "Hattie"

Hattie: "We see ourselves in the future as a successful group, ready to go on another world tour"
"Hattie": "We see ourselves in the future as a successful group, ready to go on another world tour"

- What are you working on now?

- We have collected a lot of musical material that we want to release in the form of several albums. Now it is the main vector of our work.

- What are your creative plans? Where does the Hattie group see themselves through 5 years?

- Concerts, tours, shooting clips. We see ourselves in 2024, a successful group that has released several albums and is preparing to go on another world tour.

- Do you plan touring tours? If so, what is their geography?

- No matter how romantic this may sound, I want to go barefoot on Abbeyroad and record an album at the studio of the same name!

- Thank you for the interview! We wish you success and we hope that all these plans will be realized!