Naviband (also called NAVI) is a Belarusian band from Minsk. The band was founded by vocalist and guitarist Arciom Lukjanienka and vocalist and keyboardist Ksienija Žuk, but also features guitarist Aliaksandr Taboĺski, bassist Uladzislaŭ Čaščavik, and drummer Uladzimir Biehier. They represented Belarus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, with the song "Historyja majho žyccia" finishing in 17th place.

Naviband performing in Kyiv in 2017
Naviband performing in Kyiv in 2017
Background information
Also known asNAVI
OriginMinsk, Belarus
Years active2013–present
MembersArciom Lukjanienka
Ksienija Žuk
Aliaksandr Taboĺski
Uladzislaŭ Čaščavik
Uladzimir Biehier



Naviband was formed as duo in 2013 in Minsk by Arciom Lukjanienka and Ksienija Žuk. Their first project was the song "Abdymi myane", which was released in the summer of 2013. The song immediately became a radio hit in Belarus, which was the beginning of the duo's career.[2] Lukjanienka and Žuk married on 5 September 2014.[3]

Lovi and Soncam sahretyja (2014)Edit

In 2014, Naviband released their first two albums, Lovi and Soncam sahretyja.[4][5]

First releases was positively appreciated by many Belarusian, Russian and Ukrainian popular musicians, like Diana Arbenina, Sergei Babkin and others.[6]

Naviband became regular participants of musical projects on Belarusian television, give first solo concerts in Minsk, Grodno, Gomel and perform at a Christmas concert at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. Participate in the festivals Drujba (BY), "Musical evenings in Mir Castle" (BY) and Halfway (PL).

The duet auditioned in december 2014 for the Belarussian selection for Eurovision 2015. They tried with the song "Выберу сам" (Vyberu sam) but were not selected for Eurofest 2015.

Becoming a band (2015)Edit

In early 2015, Arciom Lukjanienka and Ksienija Žuk are joined by Aliaksandr Taboĺski (production, electric guitar), Uladzislaŭ Čaščavik (bass) and Uladzimir Biehier (drums) and Naviband from the duo becomes a band, which significantly expands the venues for the performances of the team.[7]

In addition to solo performances in Belarusian cities, the group for the first time gives solo concerts in Prague, Warsaw, Moscow and St. Petersburg. Performers at the Wild Mint Festival (RU), Slavianski Bazaar (BY) and Bardauskaja Vosień (PL).

In January 2015, Naviband won the National Music Award "Lira" for "Best Song in Belarusian Language" ("Abdymi Miane").[8]

Nominees of the Belarusian music award "Heroes of the Year 2015" presented by[9]

Winners of the competitive part of the Basowiszcza festival (PL) (with TonqiXod band).[10]

In November 2015, Naviband released the single "Geta zamlya" (This land), which goes to the finals of the national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest-2016.[11]

Popularity in Belarus (2016)Edit

Naviband at Rock za Bobrov Festival

In 2016, Naviband was announced as a participant in the Belarusian selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with the song "Heta ziamla". They ended up placing fourth in the national final, being the only of 10 artists representing the song in the Belarusian language.[12]

February 14, 2016 sold-out solo concert in Minsk club Re:Public.

Naviband actively tours Belarus with solo concerts, and also participates in the festival Wild Mint Festival (RU) along with Spleen and 5'Nizza, Basowiszcza (PL) along with Brutto, A-Fest (BY) along with Brainstorm, and Mirum Music Festival (BY) with Onuka, The Hardkiss and Red Snapper.

Naviband was appreciated by English singer and actress Joss Stone, who sang "Abdymi Miane" together with Arciom and Ksienija when she was in Minsk.[13]

At the end of 2016 Naviband again declare their desire to represent Belarus at the Eurovision Song Contest-2017 and go to the final of the National selection with the song "Historyja Majho žyccia" (The Story of My Life) in Belarusian language.

Eurovision Song Contest 2017, Iliuminacyja (2017)Edit

On 20 January 2017, Naviband again took part in the Belarusian Eurovision selection with the song "Historyja Majho žyccia" (The Story of My Life).[14] The same day the third album of the band was released, it was called Iliuminacyja.[15]

3 June 2017, Naviband concert in Minsk

In the final of the national selection, Naviband took 1st place and represented Belarus at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in May 2017 in Kiev, becoming the first participant in the history of the contest who performed the song in the Belarusian language.[16]

After the draw, it became known that Naviband will perform in the second semifinal on 11 May. Based on the results of the voting on May 11, the group reached the final of the competition, where it performed at number 3. In the final, Naviband scored 83 points, finishing in a respectable 17th place.[17] Naviband's performance aroused great resonance and extremely positive public reaction.[18]

The song «Belarusian: Гісторыя майго жыцця» brought them another "Lira" nod as «Best Song in Belarusian» in 2016.

Naviband performed as a headliner on a variety of music festivals, including Basowiszcza (PL), Rock za Bobrov (BY), Mirum Music Festival (BY), etc.

On 3 June 2017, about 10 thousand people came to the Naviband performance near the Minsk City Hall. A live performance on July 3 near Stella's "Minsk - Hero City" on-air was broadcast by National TV-channel.[19]

Adnoj Darohaj (2017) Album cover[20]

Adnoj Darohaj (2017)Edit

On 4 December 2017, they released the song "A dzie žyvieš ty?". In the song's music video, they announced that Arciom and Ksienija were expecting a child together.[21][22]

On 8 December 2017, Naviband released the 4th album - Adnoj Darohaj. From the first day it took the first line of the charts of Belarusian iTunes[23] and Google Play Music.[24] All the songs on the album are written in Belarusian language.[25]

On February 16, 2018, they performed "Historyja Majho žyccia" and "A dzie žyvieš ty?" at the Belarusian selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. On March 1, 2018, Ksienija announced on her Instagram that they are expecting a son. Their son Matsei was born on 1 May 2018.[26]

In late 2018, the band performed their first Ukrainian-language track, Sumne more.[27]

NaviBand (2019) and "Inshymi" (2020)Edit

NAVIBAND recorded their eponymous fifth album in Kyiv, Ukraine with the help of crowdfunding.[28] NaviBand was released on 5 December 2019.[29] From the album, two singles were released: "Galileo (Dva cheloveka)" and "Odin iz nas".[30]

In June 2020, the group released "Inshymi". During the 2020 Belarusian protests, the song was frequently used and was named by as one of the songs that described the protests.[31] The band also performed the song on the streets during one of the protests.[32] Subsequently, the group released "Devochka v belom" in September 2020, which was dedicated to female protesters.[33]


  • Arciom Lukjanienka – vocals, guitar – born (1992-08-13) 13 August 1992 (age 28) in Hlybokaye, Vitebsk Region. He is an adherent of the Catholic Church.[34]
  • Ksienija Žuk – vocals, keyboard – born (1991-12-21) 21 December 1991 (age 28) in Minsk.
  • Aliaksandr Taboĺski – production, electric guitar
  • Uladzislaŭ Čaščavik – bass
  • Uladzimir Biehier – drums


Studio albumsEdit

Title Details
Soncam sahretyja
  • Released: 15 December 2014
  • Label: MediaCube Music
  • Format: Digital download, CD
  • Released: 20 January 2017
  • Label: MediaCube Music
  • Format: Digital download, CD
Adnoj darohaj
  • Released: 8 December 2017
  • Label: MediaCube Music
  • Format: Digital download, CD
  • Released: 5 December 2019
  • Label: MediaCube Music
  • Format: Digital download, CD

Live albumsEdit

Title Details
Live from Minsk 14.02.2016


Title Year Album
"Abdymi myane"
(Give Me a Hug)
2013 Non-album singles
"Heta ziamlia"
(This land)
"Historyja majho žyccia"
(Story of my life)
2017 Iliuminacyja
"A dzie žyvieš ty?"
(And where do you live?)
Adnoj darohaj
"Molodost' v karmane"
(Youth in a pocket)
2018 Non-album singles
"Sumne more"
(Sad sea)
"Galileo (Dva cheloveka)"
(Galileo (Two people))
2019 NaviBand
"Odin iz nas"
(One of us)
2019 Non-album single


Title Year Notes
Itogi nedeli 2017 Reality series in the run up to Eurovision 2017
Eurovision Song CZ[35] 2018 International jury member


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
with "Help You Fly"
Belarus in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
with "Forever"