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Go_A

The band Go_A creates a modern reinterpretation of Ukrainian folklore, packaged in electronic sound. The name of the group consists of 'Go', as 'movement', and 'A', as in the ancient Greek letter 'alpha' which refers to going back to one's cultural roots.

The story of the band started in 2012 when the sound producer Taras Shevchenko met signer Kateryna Pavlenko. After recording several songs together, they realized that Ukrainian folklore and electronic music are a perfect match, combing energy and emotion into an engaging mix. Today, Go_A consists of the lead singer Kateryna Pavlenko and musicians Taras Shevchenko, Ihor Didenchuk and Ivan Hryhoriak.

Kateryna Pavlenko leads the ethnic component of the band: she has studied folklore most of her life. Kateryna can sing with the so-called 'white voice', an authentic folklore technique, and has a command of a significant vocal range. Today Kateryna is a veteran choir director while she writes songs for Go_A, including the Eurovision entry Solovey, and works on her solo project.

Taras Shevchenko is a keyboard and percussion player and the sound producer of Go_A. He works in various music styles and knows how to harmonize completely different things, such as Ukrainian sopilka and Brazilian drums, or the bandura, heavy guitar riffs and drum 'n bass.

Ihor Didenchuk is a folklorist and unique multi-instrumentalist whose rich musical arsenal includes traditional Ukrainian instruments as the sopilka, frilka, floyara, telynka, trembita and drymba. Ihor is also a member of a rap group.

Ivan Hryhoriak grew up in the Carpathians. He has been playing the guitar since he was 12. Ivan has been experimenting with musical styles and sounds, including acoustics (fingerstyle), prog metal (bass guitar), double bass in a folk orchestra, and electric guitar. Ivan also works as a vocal coach in a school.

In 2016, Go_A were the winners of the contest The Best Track In Ukraine. Their song Vesnianka was immediately placed in radio rotation and topped the dance chart for 6 weeks. Consequently, they were nominated for the title of KissFM Discovery of the Year. In 2019, the song entered Top 10 іTunes Dance chart in Slovakia as well.

The band is a regular participant of international music festivals and has presented their Ukrainian music in Israel, Poland and Belarus.

For the Eurovision Song Contest, Go_A prepared the song Solovey (Nightingale), which combines electronic music, Ukrainian folk instruments and ethnic vocals. The song is based on Kateryna's personal story about a strong girl who falls in love and realizes that she is no longer taken seriously. Her power helps her turn the tables and handle the situation with dignity. It is the first time in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest that Ukraine has submitted a song entirely in the Ukrainian language.

Lyrics of Solovey

Ой ходила я в долину
По червоную калину
Ой ходила я в долину
По червоную калину
Назбирала квіточок
Заплітала в віночок
Заплітала в віночок
Руту і барвіночок
А до мене Ванюша
Із-за гаю поспіша
А до мене Ванюша
Ти Катруся хороша
Мила моя Катруся
Я з тобою люблюся
Я з тобою люблюся
Поки не зна матуся

Соловей соловей не співай раненько
А мені на серденьку знов не веселенько
Соловей соловей ой як мені бути
Вміла його полюбити не вміла забути

Якби я того не знала
То з тобою б не гуляла
Не ходила в долину
Не ламала б калину
Я з тобою люблюся
Поки не зна матуся
А як узна матуся то розійдемося.

Не співай раненько
Щось не веселенько
Ой як мені бути

Соловей соловей не співай раненько
А мені на серденьку знов не веселенько
Соловей соловей ой як мені бути
Вміла його полюбити не вміла забути.
Соловей соловей не співай раненько
Бо мені на серденьку знов не веселенько
Соловей соловей ой як мені бути
Вміла його полюбити не вміла забути
Oy hodyla ya v dolynu
Po chervonuyu kalynu
Oy hodyla ya v dolynu
Po chervonuyu kalynu
Nazbyrala kvitochok
Zaplitala v vinochok
Zaplitala v vinochok
Rutu i barvinochok
A do mene Vanyusha
Iz-za hayu pospisha
A do mene Vanyusha
Ty Katrusia horosha
Myla moya Katrusia
Ya z toboyu lyublyusia
Ya z toboyu lyublyusia
Poky ne zna matusia

Solovey solovey ne spivay ranenko
A meni na serdenku znov ne veselenko
Solovey solovey oy yak meni buty
Vmila yoho polyubyty ne vmila zabuty

Yakby ya toho ne znala
Ya b z toboyu ne huliala
Ne hodyla v dolynu
Ne lamala b kalynu
Ya z toboyu lyublyusia
Poky ne zna matusia
A yak uzna matusia to roziydemosia

Ne spivay ranenko
Shchos ne veselenko
Oy yak meni buty

Solovey solovey ne spivay ranenko
A meni na serdenku znov ne veselenko
Solovey solovey oy yak meni buty
Vmila yoho polyubyty ne vmila zabuty
Solovey solovey ne spivay ranenko
Bo meni na serdenku znov ne veselenko
Solovey solovey oy yak meni buty
Vmila yoho polyubyty ne vmila zabuty
Oh I went down into the valley
for red guelder rose
Oh I went down into the valley
for red guelder rose
I gathered flowers
twined into a wreath
twined into a wreath
rue and periwinkle
And towards me Vaniusha
hurries from the grove
and Vaniusha says to me
You are beautiful Katrusia
My dear Katrusia
I’m loving you
I’m loving you
as long as mother doesn't know

Nightingale nightingale do not sing so early
my heart feels no joy again
Nightingale nightingale oh what should I do
I could fall in love with him I could not forget him

If I hadn't known that
I wouldn't have gone out with you
I wouldn't have gone into the valley
I wouldn't have broken the guelder rose
I’m loving you
as long as mother doesn't know
but as soon as mother finds out we will part

Do not sing so early
I feel no joy
Oh what should I do

Nightingale nightingale do not sing so early
my heart feels no joy again
Nightingale nightingale oh what should I do
I could fall in love with him I could not forget him
Nightingale nightingale do not sing so early
‘cause my heart feels no joy again
Nightingale nightingale oh what should I do
I could fall in love with him I could not forget him