The Austin 100: Kazka The electro-pop band KAZKA has participated in — but fallen short of winning — both the Eurovision Song Contest and the Ukrainian X-Factor, but it parlayed the TV exposure into massive hits.
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The Austin 100: Kazka

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Kazka.

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Hometown: Kyiv, Ukraine

Genre: Pop

Why We're Excited: The electro-pop band KAZKA has participated in — but fallen short of winning — both the Eurovision Song Contest and the Ukrainian edition of X-Factor. But the group, having lost those battles, clearly won the war: It soon parlayed its TV exposure into massive hits, with the official video for "Plakala" notching more than 300 million views on YouTube. As a result, KAZKA rerecorded the song in English, but be sure to chase down the vastly superior Ukrainian-language version, which only benefits from the slinky sense of mystery it evokes.

Listen to KAZKA's "Plakala (Cry)"

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