Go_A Eurovision 2021 Shum Ukraine

Go_A will represent Ukraine at Eurovision 2021 with their song “SHUM”.

The group were originally due to sing “Solovey” at Eurovision 2020. However, the contest was cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. But, just like several other countries, Ukraine rested its usual national final for one year and internally selected Go_A instead. “SHUM” was one of three entries presented to an internal panel. It won out and subsequently underwent a significant revamp.

Let’s take a look at 10 facts you need to know about Go_A. Let’s do this!

Ukraine at Eurovision 2021: Facts about Go_A

1. They formed in 2012

Multi-instrumentalist Taras Shevchenko wanted to create a group that would combine folk elements with modern EDM music. In 2011, he spent a year looking for likeminded people and eventually found them in the other group members.

2. They are a producer, a voice, a sopilka player and a guitarist

Next to Taras Shevchenko, the group’s most notable member is red-haired lead singer Kateryna Pavlenko. Kateryna uses the white voice singing technique. It’s a common singing practice in many Eastern European nations and sees the singer sing in her natural monotone voice. The remaining two members are sopilka player Ihor Didenchuk and guitarist Ivan Hrihoriak.

3. Their name has a cryptic meaning

Go_A have perhaps the most creative group name of Eurovision 2021. Pronounced as “Go A” in English, the group name means “Go back to your roots”. “A” symbolises the roots as it is the first letter of the alphabet. The group gets back to their roots through the use of traditional Ukrainian folk music elements.

4. They come from all over Ukraine

While Taras Shevchenko is from the capital Kyiv, the rest of Go_A hail from other parts of Ukraine. Lead singer Kateryna is from the city of Nizhyn in the north of the country. Ihor is from Lutsk in the west and Ivan was born in the Bukovina region.

5. They have performed at many festivals throughout Eastern Europe

In Go_A’s early years, the band regularly played at music festivals. As a result, they have plenty of stage experience. And they didn’t just appear at events in their home country. They’ve also performed in neighbouring Poland and Belarus and even in Israel.

6. Their breakout hit was “Vesnianka”

Released in 2016, “Vesnianka” was the single that first put Go_A on the radar of many Ukrainians. It received significant recognition and airplay from several major radio channels. The track also led to the band receiving a nomination for “Discovery of the Year” from Kiss FM. The song spent four months inside the same station’s 10Dance chart, including six weeks at number one.

7. Their debut album came in 2016

On the back of their hit single, Go_A dropped their debut album in the same year. It was released through Moon Records, one of the country’s biggest labels. #Idinazvuk contained ten song. This remains their only LP to date.

8. Kateryna used to work as a model

Trying to sustain yourself in Ukraine’s music industry is no easy feat. To make ends meet, Go_A’s frontwoman Kateryna also worked as a part-time model, as well as at a fast-food chain.

 

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9. They have a Christmas single

In 2017, Go_A teamed up with Katya Chilly to release the festive single “Shchedryi vechir”, which translates as “Generous Evening”. Katya would also go on to compete in the 2020 Ukrainian national final, although she was eliminated in the semi-finals.

10. They tried for Eurovision because their fans wanted them to

The group members acknowledged in an interview that: “We decided to take part in the national selection for Eurovision 2020, because many of our listeners wrote us that we should be the representatives of Ukraine in that contest. After all, our music has a pronounced signature of unique authenthic Ukrainian culture.” Go_A have gone on to embrace Eurovision since winning Vidbir in 2020. One of their most memorable Eurovision-related performances to date has been a bonkers cover of Verka Serduchka’s “Dancing Lasha Tumbai”.

Will “SHUM” make much noise in Rotterdam? Can Go_A bring Ukraine more Eurovision success? Let us know in the comments.

Read more Eurovision 2021 artist facts here.

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Blackcat
Blackcat
4 months ago

They’re different and that’s why they’re so good.

Rae
Rae
4 months ago

The sopilka breakdown from their mad cover of Dancing Lasha Tumbai is my ringtone. It’s truly a delight when anyone calls me.

Sven
Sven
4 months ago

Folks who has a link of Go-A and Gjons livestream they did today together on Instagram , people saying it was absolutely adorable how Kateryna was gushing over Gjons aww 😛
I can’t find it

Last edited 4 months ago by Sven
Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago

Watching their live on Eurovision IG was pure joy! I love them!

Kosey
Kosey
4 months ago

They seem down to earth and authentic. I like that.

raylee
raylee
4 months ago

Mr.Vanilla Bean , where are you 😀 this article is for you don’t miss it

Kate
Kate
4 months ago

Love them a lot and flute guy Ihor is so cute 🙂

Martin
Martin
4 months ago

Hello, I just want to say, that Shchedryi vecher is in Slovakia also and is translated as “Christmas Eve”, and not “Generous evening”. I think in Ukraine is the same. Generous evening is only literal translation, but doesn’t mean generous evening. Thank you.

Vsl
Vsl
4 months ago
Reply to  Martin

Yes, Martin! I speak Ukrainian and understand ~100% of Slovak language, so I confirm your statement.

Martin
Martin
4 months ago
Reply to  Vsl

Great, thank you! Dakujem

Last edited 4 months ago by Martin
Vsl
Vsl
4 months ago

One more fact: in the recently presented acoustic version of SHUM, Ihor played double bass

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago
Reply to  Vsl

They also had a short take on “On Fire” on their IG. It was great!

Vsl
Vsl
4 months ago

Fact No 11: Kateryna has an adorable pet – the sphynx cat named Kotyk (TommyCat in Ukrainian)

Last edited 4 months ago by Vsl
Kas
Kas
4 months ago

Goa is from…the well known beach of India…and ofcourse they play a mix of hard core and goa trance with ukrainian folclore elements. This kind of “music” is dated, belongs to 90ties, but I’ve found very interesting their lasha tumbai version.

Darren
4 months ago
Reply to  Kas

Everything about that comment is factually wrong.
Sorry

Kas
Kas
4 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Give me one Darren.

Darren
4 months ago
Reply to  Kas

They’re one of the most experimental and current acts of the year, their name Go_A is a phrase from Ukrainian as to get back to their roots (which is what they do in their music) nothing to do with India.
Not at all dated, in fact bringing Ukrainian culture and identity into the future.

Kas
Kas
4 months ago
Reply to  Darren

You didn’t give me one Darren. I know their explanation about their name, its their name actually. But the fact that their music is goa made me ‘play’ with it in my comment and you didn’t catch it. Ofcourse is dated and no experimental music at all…was 25 years ago…who is listening goa trance in 2021 ?

Last edited 4 months ago by Kas
Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago

They are ultra-cool!

Darren
4 months ago

11. The bearded DJ guy from the group should be my boyfriend.

But yeah, Go_A are one of my favorite acts this year! So fresh. Hope Europe gets behind them.

Berta
Berta
4 months ago

Intresting fact:
Ihor was the one who wrote and played sopilka theme in Khayat’ song for Vidbir2020
“Call for Love”

guys are good mates and used to perform together in folk festivals

Nick
Nick
4 months ago
Reply to  Berta

So he helped write the music for their main rival as Khayat came second after Go_A, charming 🙂

notyourtoy
notyourtoy
4 months ago

Lutsk we’re coming 🙂