Towards the end of November 2008, the famous German live-show producer Kader Kesek, known throughout Europe for his work, made a special trip to Ukraine to work with HAYDAMAKY.  With summer rehearsals at Europa Park on the Ukrainian Week stage, 6 days of meetings while touring Poland and Estonia, and 5 days of full day rehearsals in Kyiv, HAYDAMAKY and Kader Kesek created a world scale concert show.  The band’s sound became more powerful, more dynamic, more colourful, while clearly arranged accents brought the group to a new level of quality.  These changes created an accurate determination of the new “Kozak-Rock” music.  The night after their last rehearsal, the musicians flew to Holland for a performance.
That same winter, the show was performed at the Kustendorf Film & Music Festival (2009, Kustendorf, Serbia) – a festival put on by cult producer Emir Kusturica, EuroSonic Noorderslag (2009, Groningen, Holland) – one of the world’s largest pop music expos, the 59th international film festival Berlinale (2009, Berlin, Germany), and in clubs across Austria, Germany and Holland.  These were the first performances with the band for young trombonist Oleksandr Charkin.  In Spring 2009, HAYDAMAKY recorded a joint song with Polish trash-metal band Rootwater, adding a particular slavic madness to the complex heavy riffs.  The band played a string of concerts across Europe and released a new video devoted to the anniversary of the Chornobyl disaster.  On April 26th, the video for the song Meni Zdayetsia from the Kobzar album, filmed by Serhiy Volkoviy in Chornobyl and the uninhabited town of Prypyat, combined with the use of startling archive footage, was shown by dozens of TV channels.