Published 03 Apr 06:10
At the final of the Belarus Eurovision 2017 national selection, the indie pop duo Naviband was chosen to represent the country in Ukraine, after winning both the jury vote and the public vote. At the contest in Kyiv, the two singers, Artem Lukyanenka and Ksienija Žuk, will perform “Historyja majho zyccia”, translated as “Story of my Life”. This is the very first time a Eurovision entry is sung in Belarusian.
Established in 2013 in the capital city of Minsk, Naviband are a famous Belarusian indie pop duo made of 24-year-old Artem Lukjanienka and 25-year-old Ksienija Žuk. The two vocalists of the duo are helped by three studio members. Artem also plays the guitar, while Ksienija is passionate about the piano. Before winning this year’s preselection, Naviband attempted to participate at the Eurovision Song Contest two other times, in 2015 and 2016.
A short while after they formed the duo, in the summer of 2013, Artem and Ksienija released their debut single, "Abdymi myane" (Give Me a Hug), which was incredibly well-liked by their fellows Belarusian. Next year, Naviband released two studio albums, entitled “Lovi” and “Soncam sahretyja”.
In 2015, the two talented young artists released the single "Heta ziamlia" (This Land), which they hoped to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. However, they didn’t manage to make it past the national final. This year, they finally got their chance of representing their country at the most expected music competition. Released this year, their third album is called “Illuminatsiya”. Throughout their career, Naviband have won several important national and international prizes.
Belarusians are very excited to watch the Naviband Eurovision live act at this year’s competition. Artem and Ksienija will sing live on the Kyiv stage during the second semi-final, which will take place on 11 May. Naviband will represent their country with “Historyja majho zyccia” (Story of my Life). For the very first in the history of Eurovision, spectators will get to listen to a song which is performed entirely in the Belarusian language. The single has a very catchy rhythm, which is why you can enjoy it even if you don’t understand the lyrics.
Keep close for more exciting news on Naviband and the rest of the Eurovision 2017 contestants who will sing live in Kyiv!