Go_A

Ukrainian band

Go_A (Ukrainian: Ґоу_Ей) is a Ukrainian folktronica band formed in 2012. The group is made of four members: Kateryna Pavlenko, Taras Shevchenko, Ihor Didenchuk and Ivan Hryhoriak. The band represented Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, performing "Shum", and placed fifth in the final.[1] Didenchuk is also a member of the Kalush Orchestra, that won first place in Eurovision 2022.[2]

Go_A
Ґоу_Ей
Image of Go_A members posing dressed in black (except for Pavlenko in red)
Go_A at the Ukraine's National Selection Vidbir for Eurovision 2020
Background information
OriginKyiv, Ukraine
Genres
Years active2012 (2012)–present
LabelsMoon Ukraine
Members
Websitego-a-band.com

They only sing in the Ukrainian language, as a sign of independence from Russia.[3]

The group's name, Go_A, combines the English word "Go" as in "movement" and the first letter of the Greek alphabet "Α" (Alpha) as in "the start". This means that the band wants to return to their cultural roots.[4][5]

History

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Early years (2012–2019)

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The group started in 2012, when the sound producer Taras Shevchenko (not to be confused with the poet of the same name) met the ethnic singer Kateryna Pavlenko. The two musicians liked the mix between folk music and electronic music and they decided to form the group.[5] They made their first song, "Koliada" («Коляда»), in December 2012.

The band became more famous in 2015, with the single "Vesnianka" («Веснянка»), that won the Ukrainian national competition The Best Track in Ukraine 2015.

In November 2016, Go_A made their first studio album, Idy na zvukІди на звук», "Follow the Tune"), under Moon Records Ukraine.

Eurovision Song Contest (2020–2021)

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On 22 February 2020, Go_A won Vidbir 2020 with the song "Solovey" («Соловей», "Nightingale"). The winner song of that competition becomes the representative Ukrainian song for Eurovision Song Contest 2020. Go_A's song won with 12 points, the highest number of points in Vidbir.[6] It was the first time in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest that Ukraine had a song fully in the Ukrainian language.[5] However, the COVID-19 pandemic stopped Eurovision before it started.[7]

The next year, the group took part in Eurovision Song Contest 2021 with the song "Shum" («Шум», "Noise"). The song won fifth place, with 364 total points. However, the song was the second most-voted by the public, with 267 public vote points.[8]

After Eurovision and the war (2022–present)

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On 24 February 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine and all the band members were forced to run away from their homes. They still make music together and they make donations to help their country.[4]

Members

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Discography

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Studio albums

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Title Details Chart position
LTU[9]
Idy na zvuk#Ідиназвук») 56

Singles

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Title Year Album
"Kolyada" 2012 Non-album single
"Vesnyanka" 2015 Idy na zvuk
"Shchedryy vechir" (with Katya Chilly) 2017 Non-album singles
"Rano-ranenko" 2019
"Solovey" 2020
"Dobrym lyudyam na zdorovya"
"Shum" 2021
"Kalyna" 2022
"Rusalochki" 2023
"Vorozhyla" Dovbush (soundtrack)
"Dumala" Non-album single

References

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  1. "Results of the Grand Final of Rotterdam 2021". Eurovision.tv. Archived from the original on 13 February 2024. Retrieved 8 June 2024.
  2. "2022 participants: Kalush Orchestra". Eurovision.tv. Archived from the original on 11 May 2024. Retrieved 8 June 2024.
  3. Estrin, Daniel; Lysenko, Olena (22 February 2022). "For Ukrainian musicians, rejecting Russia is a matter of national pride". WBUR-FM. Archived from the original on 4 March 2023. Retrieved 8 June 2024.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Go_A. "ABOUT US". Archived from the original on 5 May 2024. Retrieved 8 June 2024.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "2020 participants: Go_A". Eurovision.tv. Archived from the original on 10 March 2024. Retrieved 8 June 2024.
  6. "Go_A will represent Ukraine in Rotterdam". Eurovision.tv. 22 February 2020. Archived from the original on 1 June 2023. Retrieved 8 June 2024.
  7. "Eurovision 2020 in Rotterdam is cancelled". Eurovision.tv. 18 March 2020. Archived from the original on 16 May 2024. Retrieved 8 June 2024.
  8. "Results of the Grand Final of Rotterdam 2021: Ukraine". Eurovision.tv. Archived from the original on 8 April 2023. Retrieved 8 June 2024.
  9. "2021 21-os savaitės klausomiausi (TOP 100)" [2021 21st most listened (TOP 100)]. agata.lt (in Lithuanian). 28 May 2021. Archived from the original on 25 February 2024. Retrieved 8 June 2024.

Other websites

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