Onuka (band)

ONUKA ("granddaughter") is a Ukrainian electro-folk band. It was created in 2013 by Ukrainian musicians Yevhen Filatov and Nata Zhyzhchenko.[1][2][3] Other group members are Daryna Sert (keyboardist and backing vocalist), Mariya Sorokina (percussionist) and Yevhen Yovenko (banduryst). The band's instrumentation includes electronic drums, trombones, French horns and Ukrainian folk instruments bandura and sopilka.[4]

Mariya Sorokina, Nata Zhyzhchenko and Daryna Sert
Background information
Years active2013 (2013)–present
Associated acts
  • Tomato Jaws
  • The Maneken
MembersNata Zhyzhchenko (lead singer)
Daryna Sert (keyboardist and backing vocalist)
Mariya Sorokina (percussionist)
Yevhen Yovenko (banduryst)
Andriy Voichuk (tsimbali, drimba)
Serhiy Kashyn (trombone, trembita)
Mykola Blokshyn (trombone, trembita)
Vitalii Baklazhenko (trombone)
Oleksandr Lisun (trombone)
Taras Dovhopol (French horn, Cossack's trumpet)
Vladyslav Petrenko (French horn)


The Ukrainian word Onuka translates to "granddaughter," a tribute to lead singer Zhyzhchenko's grandfather and renowned folk-instrument maker, Oleksandr Shlionchyk.[5] Zhyzhchenko started her music career as a member of the band Tomato Jaws, a band that she started with her brother. Tomato Jaws remained active for 11 years.[6] Several of its songs were remixed by Filatov's band The Maneken, ultimately leading to the creation of Onuka. Lead singer Nata Zhyzhchenko believes that she can revitalize old traditions and classic folk instruments (such as the bandura and sopilka), which disappeared in the Soviet times.[7]

In 2017, ONUKA was featured in an interval act at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, performing with the NAONI folk orchestra.[8]


ONUKA's debut album was released on October 15, 2014, and it became the best-selling record of the month in iTunes Ukraine. Their first EP, Look, was released on May 15 and debuted at #1 in iTunes Ukraine.[9] ONUKA released a second EP, Vidlik on February 8, 2016. The EP includes five tracks: Svitanok, Vidlik, Other (Intro), Other, and 19 86.[10] Zhyzhchenko cites the Chernobyl disaster and its impact on Ukraine as a major influence on the album.[11] The EP's name, Vidlik, means a new beginning, or countdown.[12]

Studio albums

Title Details Peak chart positions
  • Released: 22 March 2018
  • Label: Vidlik Records
  • Format: Digital download, CD


Title Details Peak chart positions
  • Released: 22 February 2016
  • Label: VIDLIK
  • Format: Digital download, CD, Vinyl


Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Look" 2013 Look and Onuka
"Time" 2015
"City" Non-album single
"Vidlik" 2016 Vidlik
"19 86"
(featuring NAONI Orchestra)
"Vsesvit" 2017 Mozaika
"Guns Don't Shoot"
"Strum" 2018
"Xashi" Non-album single
"—" denotes release that did not chart or was not released.


Onuka was nominated for the Ukrainian Yuna Music Awards in the Discovery of the Year category.[9]


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  5. Demskaya, Aleksandra. "ONUKA: Ukraine's electronic miracle". EMPR. EMPR. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  6. "PressReader.com - Connecting People Through News". www.pressreader.com. Retrieved 2016-08-02.
  7. "Lyricism under Pressure: Naadya, Onuka, The Cancel, and KSKY". Far From Moscow. Far From Moscow. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  8. "ONUKA & NAONI - Interval Act at Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final 2017". 14 May 2017. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  9. Romanyshyn, Yuliana (April 3, 2015). "Discover Onuka, Ukraine's electronic wonder". Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  10. "VIDLIK". RateYourMusic. RateYourMusic. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  11. "ONUKA оспівала проблему Чорнобиля в новому альбомі". TSN. TSN. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  12. "Vidlik". Beatport. Beatport, LLC. Retrieved 28 February 2016.
Preceded by
Justin Timberlake
Eurovision Song Contest
Final Interval act

Succeeded by
Branko, Sara Tavares & Mayra Andrade
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