Over the past two years its lead singer Nata Zhyzhchenko has served as the face of blue chip companies including Pepsi and Samsung.
And on Tuesday producers behind Eurovision 2017 revealed that experimental electro band ONUKA will add another shining bullet to its CV by serving as the interval act during the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.
The group’s thoroughly contemporary sound — along with their progressive and avant-garde look — will help to showcase Ukraine as a modern nation with an open mind.
The group’s growing profile is reflected in their busy tour schedule, which will see them performing all across Ukraine in the coming months, along with appearances in Romania, Poland and Austria.
Their self-titled debut album was among the most important releases on the Ukrainian music scene in 2014, topping the iTunes album charts and receiving rave reviews from music journalists.
The group consists of frontwoman Nata Zhyzhchenko and sound producer Evgene Filatov (also known as The Maneken).
Individually they had achieved success composing across deep house, disco house and electro-funk. But, as they explain on their web site, they decided to do more when they came together, creating unique sounds described as “folktronica”. As their press kit explains:
Their territory is the crossroads of many genres. The beautiful scenery of the dreamy electronica, cold Nordic melodies and sophisticated digital disco. And, of course, the chemistry…the junction of all things innovative, futuristic, deep and rooted. It is in the blend of trendy arrangements and elements of Ukrainian folk music for which Nata has been impregnated since childhood.
The duo released their five-track EP “Vidlik” last year.
Their single “Other” represents “the symbiosis of electronica and live folk instruments” and help expose the sensuality depth of Nata’s voice.
Another stand out is ‘1986’ — an intimate ballad with a trip-hop beat which poignantly recounts the tragedy of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. The track includes archived recordings of the operators who worked during the explosion.
Nata’s own father was among the men who worked to combat the after-effects of the disaster.
The group consider the title track their most “unexpected, bold and experimental track of the EP.”
Melding a bouncy house beat with a “bass hook and animal energy”, the song even includes an exotic folk instrument known as the “bugay.”