Go_A SHUM

Ever since they won Vidbir 2020, Ukraine’s Go_A have honoured their country’s folklore with their Eurovision entries. “Shum” is their 2021 song, and it went through a heavy revamp in order to make it elegible for the contest. Here’s what the track is about.

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Ukraine in Eurovision 2021: Go_A “Shum”

Go_A is made of Kateryna Pavlenko, Taras Shevchenko, Ihor Didenchuk and Ivan Hryhoriak. They won the right to represent Ukraine at Eurovision 2020 with “Solovey”. They were also one of the first acts to be confirmed for 2021, shortly after last year’s contest was cancelled. Folklore is a key part of Go_A’s artistry: lead singer Kateryna has studied the matter and is able to sing using the “white voice” technique. Taras and Ihor work with traditional instruments, while Ivan experiments with different music styles.

Released as a single in late January, “Shum” was immediately touted as a potential song for Rotterdam. However, the Ukrainian delegation was quick to say that it was “not for Eurovision”. Soon after they announced that Go_A would present a number of entries to a professional jury. Just one day before today’s confirmation, it transpired that “Shum” was one of three songs in the running.

However, the song borrowed heavily from existing Ukrainian folklore. In fact, the first version was a re-arrangement of different versions of the traditional Ukrainian folk song “A v nashoho shuma”. Eurovision.tv reported that the song needed reworking to fit the contest’s requirements. Besides the extensive borrowing of folklore, the song was one minute too long in its original form. The current Eurovision rules do not state anything explicitly about the use of pre-existing folklore. They do state, however, that broadcasters must inform the Reference Group if the melody or lyrics were published before 1 September. And so, on 9 March, we got the revamped “SHUM” which will be performed in Rotterdam.

What do the “Shum” lyrics mean?

“Shum” honours a “vesnyanka”, a traditional Ukrainian type of song attached to the spring ritual. This season is the protagonist of the song: “Oh vesnyanka, vesnyanka, where have you spent your winter?”. Nature is another theme: “Sowing, sowing, sowing, sowing hemp plants, Sowing, sowing, sowing, sowing green ones”. Yes, that’s what the catchy “Siyu, siyu, siyu” means.

Go_A frontwoman Kateryna Pavlenko, who penned the lyrics, has said that the vesnyanka which initially inspired “SHUM” was something she knew from her childhood. Kate grew up in Polyssia, a region in north Ukraine. For some time, she has been interested in the folklore of her native region, which is usually only known internationally for the existence of the former Chernobyl Nuclear Plant and the surrounding Exclusion Zone.

About the creation of the new “SHUM”, nicknamed “the sequel”, Kate explained to Suspilne Studiya:

“In the first part of “SHUM”, we are standing in protective gear and hoping for the best. We call the “SHUM”. In the sequel, spring has woken up with us and not make noise that spring heard to wake up. And now, we have a much better life.”

It is not difficult to see a reference to the overcoming of the pandemic in the lyrics: “Come spring, come, don’t wait around, we’ll go outside to love each other”. “Come on, come on, we’ve made some noise. Made some noise and awoke the spring”.

Shum lyrics – Go_A (Ukraine ESC 2021)

Lyrics: Kateryna Pavlenko
Music: Kateryna Pavlenko and Taras Shevchenko

Ukrainian text

English translation

Весняночка, весняночка,
Де ти зимувала?
У садочку на кленочку
Сорочечку пряла
Там у лісі на юзлісі
Сова в воду дує
Заспіваю співаночку
Нехай вона чує.
Заплетися, шуме, барвіночком
Я тобі співаю весняночку
Сію, сію, сію, сію конопелечки
Сію, сію, сію, сію зеленесенькі
Прийди, прийди, весняночко
Та й не забарися
А ми вийдем на юлицю
Будем любитися
Весняночко, паняночко,
Заглянь у віконце
Заспівали співаночку
Засвітило сонце
Нумо, нумо заплетемо шума
Заплетемо гуляти підемо
Сію,сію, сію, сію конопелечки
Сію, сію, сію, сію зеленесенькі
Заплетися, шуме, заплетися
Барвіночком, шуме, застелися
Сію, сію, сію, сію конопелечки
Сію, сію, сію, сію зеленесенькі
Весняночка, весняночка
Де ти зимувала?
У садочку на кленочку
Сорочечку пряла
Ой у лісі на юзлісі
Сова в воду дує
Заспіваю співаночку
Нехай вона чує
Заплетися шуме барвіночком
Я тобі співаю весняночку
Сію, сію, сію, сію конопелечки
Сію, сію, сію, сію зеленесенькі
Нумо, нумо наробили шума
Наробили весну розбудили
Сію, сію, сію, сію конопелечки
Сію, сію, сію, сію зеленесенькі
Oh Spring song, Spring song
Where have you spent your Winter?
In the garden, sitting on a maple tree
You’ve been spinning a shirt.
There on the edge of a forest
An owl is blowing into the water.
I’ll sing a song –
Let her hear it.
Shum, get twined with periwinkle
I’m singing the vesnyanka to you.
Sowing, sowing, sowing, sowing hemp plants,
Sowing, sowing, sowing, sowing green ones.
Come Spring, come
Don’t wait around
We’ll go outside
to love each other.
Oh Spring, our Miss,
Look in our window.
We had sang our song
And the Sun shined on.
Come on, come on, let’s twine the Shum,
Twine the Shum, dance it around.
Sowing, sowing, sowing, sowing hemp plants,
Sowing, sowing, sowing, sowing green ones.
Shum, get twined, get twined!
Shum, get spread with periwinkle.
Sowing, sowing, sowing, sowing hemp plants,
Sowing, sowing, sowing, sowing green ones.
Oh vesnyanka, vesnyanka
Where have you spent your Winter?
In the garden, sitting on a maple tree
You’ve been spinning a shirt.
There on the edge of a forest
An owl is blowing into the water.
I’ll sing a song –
Let her hear it.
Shum, get twined with periwinkle
I’m singing the spring song to you.
Sowing, sowing, sowing, sowing hemp plants,
Sowing, sowing, sowing, sowing green ones.
Come on, come on, we’ve made some noise.
Made some noise and awoke the Spring.
Sowing, sowing, sowing, sowing hemp plants,
Sowing, sowing, sowing, sowing green ones.

What do you think of “Shum”? Will Go_A make it to the final? Tell us in the comment section below.

Additional reporting by Renske.

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Sven
Sven
1 month ago

the younger guy of band Ihor is very cute and Kate is a goddes !
they deserve to qualify and reach top 15 in the final

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago

Maple.trees.in.Ukraine? Or just A maple tree?

Olena
Olena
1 month ago
Reply to  Whisker

Why you are surprised? Ukraine has a lot of different types of trees including maple tree. The capital of Ukraine -Kyiv- has its nickname “the city of Maple trees”)))

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago
Reply to  Olena

It’s a nice surprise!

Berta
Berta
1 month ago
Reply to  Olena

well, here is in my lovlely hometown Kyiv we have hundreds of maple trees,
but Kyiv called ‘the city of chestnut trees’
not maple 🙂
Blooming Chestnut tree is official symbol of Kyiv

Roodi
Roodi
1 month ago

Why are you hating on Destiny?I hate to ruin it for you but Destiny is not a Netta-wannabe if she was a Netta-wannabe why is she signed by Sony.

Roodi
Roodi
1 month ago
Reply to  Roodi

Give a argument and do not say because her song is about female-empowerment then is Tamara North macedonia 2019 also a Netta-replica also there were female empowerment songs in ESC before Netta.Also she did not write and produce the song

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago

I am loving everything about Go_A. They have the feeling of a subversive outsider. This song has many themes and interpretation. It is the best electronic track of the season by a million miles.

Nick
Nick
1 month ago

Love them! so cool band with leader woman queen Kate, in my top 10 this year 🙂

Grft
Grft
1 month ago

Where are the wiwi jury scores for each song 🙁

Renske ten Veen
Editor
1 month ago
Reply to  Grft

Coming soon!

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 month ago

Great act, including the hottest guy of Eurovision 2021, on the left in this picture. They really thought of everything.

Last edited 1 month ago by Mr Vanilla Bean
Una
Una
1 month ago

OMG. He lools like the guy in your picture or av*t(ar.

Safiya
Safiya
1 month ago

This is in my top three this year, I love it <3