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Naviband sails their way through first rehearsal in Kyiv

03 May 2017 at 17:08 CEST
Belarus rehearsal 2017 Thomas Hanses
Naviband will represent Belarus at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest with their song Story Of My Life. It is the first time a Belarusian entry is performed in their native language, to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the country.

Ahead of the first rehearsal, the members of Naviband appeared in front of the crew dressed in snow-white national costumes 

Naviband's story 

While having a journalistic background, Artem has been working as a DJ on a radio station for five years until he met Ksenia. They firstly recorded the romantic song Hug Me together and afterwards decided to continue making music as a duo.

Naviband has been performing for four years and released three studio albums so far. They consider their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest as a turning point in their careers: "It is a huge festival, which completely differs from other international contests," Ksenia admitted.

Let’s celebrate diversity together   

The duo described Story Of My Life as a simple yet upbeat song. "Everyone can sing with us hey–hey-hayayayayo, as it’s very simple and requires no translation. It has a positive message; please smile and don’t be sad," Ksenia said. 

The duo will perform their entry on a boat brought to the stage. Their act also features some pyrotechnical highlights.

With their song they intend to celebrate Belarus' 800 anniversary, conveying the spirit of the nation through their own language.

1944 in Belarusian  

Recently, Naviband’s team came up with the idea to record a Belarusian version of Jamala’s winning song 1944. Their Belarusian recording of 1944 appeared on YouTube just last night.

Naviband's next rehearsal is scheduled for Saturday, 6th of May. Belarus will participate in the first Semi-Final on Thursday, 11th of May.