The "Kuban Cossacks" performing ensemble was formed in 1956 in Melbourne by 3 Australians of Ukrainian descent: the brothers Sashko (Alexander) and Mykola Koumpan and Wasyl Kowalenko. Singing and dancing to Ukrainian folk tunes in colorful traditional costumes the Kuban Cossacks soon brought the group popularity and international recognition. By 1989, the ensemble gave 13,000 performances in 30 countries and had participated in 160 television shows. The ensemble members were not only talented dancers but also accomplished musicians. Leter Viktor Swird joined the group as well as three singers Marien, Magie and Peta, who also participated in the recording of songs for the first album "Kuban Cossacks".