The Ukrainian band ONUKA has been selected to perform as the interval act of the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.
ONUKA was created in 2013 by Ukrainian musicians Eugene Filatov (aka The Maneken) and Nata Zhyzhchenko, the former vocalist of Tomato Jaws (Ukraine) and KOOQLA (Russia). The Ukrainian word Onuka translates to “granddaughter,” a tribute to lead singer Zhyzhchenko’s grandfather and renowned folk-instrument maker, Oleksandr Shlionchyk.
We are so excited to announce our interval act for the Grand Final! Give it up for incredible ONUKA ??✨ pic.twitter.com/gijs0GtEmT
— UA:Eurovision (@esc_ua) April 18, 2017
ONUKA’s debut album was released on October 15, 2014, and it became the best-selling record of the month in iTunes Ukraine. The band’s instrumentation includes electronic drums, trombones, French horns and the Ukrainian folk instruments bandura and sopilka.