Naviband are Artem Lukyanenko and Ksenia Zhuk and will represent Belarus in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Story of My Life. Naviband have been performing since 2013 and in 2014 they received their first award for the single Abdymi Mine at the National Music Awards in Belarus. Their song for the Eurovision Song Contest will be the first ever entry performed in Belarusian.
Naviband have recorded three studio albums and toured extensively in Central and Eastern Europe. In 2016, they presented the official anthem of the Belarusian national football team, Naperad Belakrylyja. Naviband won the right to represent Belarus in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest after winning the national selection earlier this year.
Artem and Ksenia consider the language of their entry for 2017 to be one of the most interesting aspects about the song. "It is the first time that an entry in the Eurovision Song Contest will be performed in the Belarusian language. This year our nation is 800 years old. For us it is symbolic and meaningful, because we want to tell the history of our country, our culture and traditions through our song," they said.Earlier today Artem and Ksenia published a video of them performing an Armenian folk song after being challenged by Artsvik, Armenia's representative in 2017. Check out the performance below!
The pair have been performing on the promotional trail and recently appeared at Israel calling and will perform at Eurovision in Concert in Amsterdam tomorrow evening. "All we want is during these three minutes to share our native language with Europe," they said.