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1980-ndate Lätis kasutusele tulnud väljend “cement” tähistas toona kokkuleppe sündi – hetke, mil lüüakse käed. Sellist vinget nime kandev kollektiiv alustas esialgu vaid underground skenele tuttavate kontsertide andmist aastal 1984. Laiemal pildil püsivad nad tänaseni. Nende muusika puhul on tegemist kompromissitu ja raadioeetrisse mittemahtuva muusikaga, mis on segu blatnoilaulust, rock’n’rollist ja bluusist. Nad on käredad ja isikupärased. Nende muusikal on tugev sõnum, mis kommenteerib halastamatu teravusega elu.

Andrei „Yahim” Yahimovich on olnud bändi liider selle loomisest. Riia rokiklubi asutajana aastal 1983, ja selle presidendina, on ta seisnud Riias selle muusikasuuna laiema leviku ja hea käekäigu eest.
Cement’i võib pidada farm-bändiks. Sellest koosseisust on ajaloo jooksul käinud läbi üle 50 Läti muusiku ja muusikaelu edendaja. Praegusel kujul on nad esinenud mitmetel festivalidel ja kontsertidel nii kodus kui kaugemal.

Andrei „Yahim” Yahimovich             laul, kitarr, suupill
Andrei Smirnov                                  soolokitarr
Nikolai Tikhonov                                bass
Raitis Kalninsh                                    löökriistad

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An expression “cement” was widely used in the 1980-s Latvia. It was already then a symbol of something badass. A band with an awesome name as this started giving concerts in the underground scene in 1984. They are still active, playing music with no compromises – music that just doesn’t fit into a radio. It is a mixture of blatnoy-singing, rock’n’roll and blues. They are raw and with a lot of character. Their music has a strong message commenting sharply on our lives.

Andrei „Yahim” Yahimovich has been a leader of this band from the start. Having been a founder of the Riga rock club in 1983 and also it’s president he has stood for a progress of this music genre.

“Cement” can be called a farm-band. There are over 50 important musicians in Latvia who they have shared a stage with. They have performed in this formation in many festivals and given concerts at home as well as abroad.

Andrei „Yahim” Yahimovich             vocals, guitar, harmonica
Andrei Smirnov                                  solo guitar
Nikolai Tikhonov                                bass
Raitis Kalninsh                                    drums