Kazka performing in 2018
Kazka (stylized as KAZKA; from Ukrainian казка (kazka), "fairy tale") is a Ukrainian band that performs pop with elements of electro-folk. Since its creation in 2017, vocalist Oleksandra Zaritska, sopilka player Dmytro Mazuriak and multi-instrumentalist Mykyta Budash have become a Ukrainian sensation, "breakthrough of the year"; the first Ukrainian-speaking band make the world famous chart SHAZAM; and a record holder among Ukrainian artists on YouTube. The band has topped the charts in a dozen countries, including Ukraine, Latvia, Bulgaria, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Belarus, Russia, Colombia, and so on.
The group's producer and manager is Yuriy Nikitin and the company mamamusic.
KAZKA emerged on March 1, 2017 with its debut release "Sviata", which immediately became a hit and conquered radio stations in Ukraine. Initially, the band consisted of vocalist Oleksandra Zaritska and multi-instrumentalist Nikita Budash (guitar, keyboard), who also works on arrangement and sound engineering. Sviata was also the band's debut video. Serhii Tkachenko directed the video, which is a minimalist work in red shades, featuring the band members and a number of ancient Slavic symbols (Dazhbog, the Star of the Virgin Lada, Zervan, Koliada, the Star of Herest, Bilobog and others).
Participation in The X-Factor
In 2017 the band participated in the casting for Ukraine's X-Factor 8 with their song "Sviata". Andrii Danylko was the band’s mentor. Following the results of the viewer voting, the band left the show on the 5th episode. Right after leaving the show, KAZKA released the second single "Dyva", which on the day of its premiere took first place in the iTunes chart.
At the end of the year, the band was named "Best Debut of the Year" by online magazine Karabas Live.
In the beginning of 2018, Dmytro Mazuryak, who plays more than 30 wind instruments, joined the band. On January 6, it became known that the band would take part in the national selection for the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest. On February 10, KAZKA performed in the first semi-finals of national selection with the song "Dyva". According to the results of the viewer voting and the jury, KAZKA took sixth and failed to reach the finals.
On April 27, 2018, the band’s debut album KARMA was released online. The album has ten tracks, three of which were previously released: "Sviata", "Dyva", "Sama", "Movchaty" (a cover of a song by Skryabin and Iryna Bilyk), and six new tracks. The band presented the album live at their first solo show at Kyiv's Atlas club on June 1. The single Sviata was named "best pop band song" and the band was recognised as "Best Debut" by national radio station Kraina FM. For the first time ever, a Ukrainian-speaking band entered one of the most prestigious world charts - Global Shazam Top 10. KAZKA achieved an absolute record among Ukrainian artists in terms of the number of views and made the top 100 best clips on YouTube. The musicians have been repeatedly awarded with the title "Breakthrough of the Year", and for the song Plakala they received the Hit of the Year award and featured in the rating of Ukraine's most popular tracks according to Apple Music. The band has topped the charts in a dozen countries, including Ukraine, Latvia, Bulgaria, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Belarus, Russia, Colombia, and others. In the summer, KAZKA participated in various Ukrainian festivals such as BeLive (Kyiv), Impulse (Kharkiv), and MRPL City (Mariupol). In the autumn the band laucnhed their Ukraine-wide KARMA Tour in support of the album. Drummer Ievhen Kostyts and a trio of chorists (Vasylyna Tkachuk, Daryna Salii and Yaryna Sizyk) joined them on the tour. In winter 2018 the band announced an upcoming tour of the US and Europe in 2019.
In April 2019, the band announced via its Facebook page that it was working on a second album. The album is titled NIRVANA.
- Oleksandra Zaritska — lead vocals
- Mykyta Budash — keyboards, guitar
- Dmytro Mazuriak — wind instruments (2018–present)
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"Miracles" ( "Дива")||9||—||—||—||197|
|"By Myself" ("Сама")||2018||—||—||—||—||—|
|"She Cried" ("Плакала")||1||52||13||17||1|
|"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
- 2019 — Tua feat. KAZKA «Bedingungslos»
- 2019 — KAZKA — Plakala [R3HAB Remix]
- 2019 — KAZKA — CRY [with R3HAB]
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- Исполнитель – Kazka