Kalush (rap group)

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Kalush in 2022, left to right: MC KylymMen, Didenchuk and Psiuk
Background information
Also known asKalush Orchestra
Genresfolk rock and rap
Years active2019–present
LabelsDef Jam Recordings
Associated acts
  • Kalush Orchestra:
  • Tymofii Muzychuk
  • Vitalii Duzhyk
  • Sasha Tab
Past members
  • Danyil Chernov (KylymMen)[1]
  • Dzhonni Dyvnyy

Kalush (stylised in all caps) is a Ukrainian rap group, formed in 2019. The group consists of founder and rapper Oleh Psiuk, multi-instrumentalist Ihor Didenchuk [uk], and producer/dancer KylymMen (lit.'CarpetMan').[1][2] Didenchuk is also a member of the electro-folk band Go_A, who represented Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021.

In 2021, the group launched the side project Kalush Orchestra, with Tymofii Muzychuk, Vitalii Duzhyk, and Dzhonni Dyvnyy as additional members. Unlike the main band, Kalush Orchestra focuses on hip hop with folk motifs and elements from Ukrainian traditional music. The group were the winners of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 with their song "Stefania".


Kalush was formed in 2019 and is named after Psiuk's hometown of Kalush, Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast.[3] The band's first music video for the song "Ne marynui" (Не маринуй) was released on their official YouTube channel on 17 October 2019.[4] The director of the video, Delta Arthur, is the director of many of Ukrainian rapper Alyona Alyona's videos. The video was shot on the streets of Kalush, and on the eve of its release, Alyona Alyona announced it on her Instagram account.[5]

After the release of their second music video "Ty gonysh" (Ти гониш) in November 2019, Kalush signed a recording contract with the American hip-hop label Def Jam Recordings.[3] On 19 February 2021, the band's debut album Hotin was released.[6][7] On 23 July 2021, Kalush released their second album entitled Yo-yo (Йо-йо) together with rapper Skofka [uk].[8] In 2021, Kalush added backing vocalist Andrii Handziuk (alias Dzhonni Dyvnyy, lit.'Johnny Strange').[9][10]

Kalush Orchestra

Kalush Orchestra in 2022, left to right: Tab, Duzhyk, MC KylymMen, Psiuk and Muzychuk

In 2021, Kalush announced the launch of the side project Kalush Orchestra, which focuses on hip hop with folk motifs and elements from Ukrainian traditional music. The core members of Kalush were joined by multi-instrumentalists Tymofii Muzychuk and Vitalii Duzhyk.[11]

2022–present: Vidbir and Eurovision Song Contest

On 12 February 2022, Kalush Orchestra competed for the right to represent Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 with the song "Stefania". In the final of the national selection Vidbir, they took second place with 14 points (six from the jury and eight from the audience).[12] Psiuk believed that due to technical difficulties that occurred during the voting process, Alina Pash had been wrongly chosen as the winner.[13][14]

Despite coming in second place, the band were offered the chance to represent Ukraine after the withdrawal of Pash due to controversy regarding her travel history in Crimea.[15][16] On 22 February, Kalush Orchestra accepted the offer.[17] On the same day, the Ukrainian public broadcaster Suspilne published the official voting results of Vidbir 2022, confirming that Pash had been correctly chosen as the winner, contrary to Psiuk's claims.[18]

During the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, Vlad Kurochka (MC KylymMen) serves in the Territorial Defense Forces around the capital Kyiv.[19] When the group left the country for the Eurovision Song Contest in April that year, another dancer stood in for Kurochka as MC KylymMen, and Oleksandr Slobodianyk (alias Sasha Tab) replaced Dzhonni Dyvnyy as backing vocalist.[20][21][22][23]

The band won the Eurovision Song Contest final on 14 May with 631 points, securing Ukraine's third Eurovision victory. "Stefania" became the first song with rap lyrics to win the contest, as well as the winning song with the highest number of televote points in the history of the contest.[24][25]


Formation Rap Instrumentals Dance Vocals, telenka Sopilka Backing vocals
Kalush Oleh Psiuk Ihor Didenchuk Vlad Kurochka (MC KylymMen)
Kalush Orchestra Tymofii Muzychuk Vitalii Duzhyk Dzhonni Dyvnyy
At Eurovision Unknown dancer (MC KylymMen) Sasha Tab



Title Details
Yo-yo (feat. Skofka)
  • Released: 23 July 2021
  • Label: Def Jam
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download


As Kalush

Title Year Album
"Ne marynui" 2019 Hotin
"Ty gonysh"
"Gory" (feat. Alyona Alyona)
"Kent" 2020
"Virus" Non-album single
"Vibe" Hotin
"Góry" (feat. Alyona Alyona, Gedz & Skip) Non-album single
"V trendi pafos"
"Takyh yak ya" (feat. Yarmak)
"Zori" Hotin
"Voda" (feat. Alyona Alyona) Non-album single
"Otaman" (feat. Skofka) 2021 Yo-yo
"Pirnaiu" (feat. Stanislavska) Non-album single
"Khalepa" (feat. Yuyu)
"Dodomu" (feat. Skofka) Yo-yo
"Davai nachystotu" (feat. Skofka)
"Taksi" (feat. Khrystyna Soloviy) Non-album single
"Khvyli" (feat. Jerry Heil)
"Mala v 19"
"Kaluski vechornytsi" (feat. Tember Blanche)
"Soniachna" (feat. Salto Nazad & Skofka) 2022
"Maibutnist" (with Artem Pivovarov)

As Kalush Orchestra

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Shtomber Womber" 2021 Non-album single
"Stefania" 2022 1 3
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart in that territory.

As featured artist

Title Year Album
"Sterzhen (Own Core)" (Alyona Alyona ft. Kalush, Otoy, Bilyi Bo, Shershen, Dyktor & Dyadya Vova) 2020 Galas
"Pozhovkla vesna" (Dima Varvaruk feat. Kalush & Vláda) Non-album single
"Balabon" (Panini feat. Kalush) 2021
"Peremoha" (Okean Elzy feat. Kalush)

Non-single album appearances

Title Year Album
"You ze fa" (Sasha Tab feat. Kalush) 2021 Refresh
"Dobre pre" (Alyona Alyona feat. Kalush & Kukon) Galas

Awards and nominations

Award Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
YUNA [uk]
"Gory" (feat. Alyona Alyona) Best Hip Hop Song Won [28]


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  2. ^ "Turin 2022 / Participants – Kalush Orchestra". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 9 April 2022.
  3. ^ a b Pogodina, Ludmila (10 January 2022). "A folk-rap madhouse in your living room". Europavox. Retrieved 18 February 2022.
  4. ^ Solovjov, Tony (31 October 2019). "Ukrainian Hip-Hop Is A Real Thing Now". Medium. Retrieved 18 February 2022.
  5. ^ "Alyona Alyona радить: сленговий реп у новому проєкті Kalush (відео) | iod.media". ЙОД.MEDIA (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 3 January 2020.
  6. ^ ""HOTIN" - дебютний альбом гурту KALUSH". rap.ua (in Russian). 19 February 2021. Retrieved 26 February 2021.
  7. ^ "KALUSH випустили один із найочікуваніших альбомів в українському репі". СЛУХ — онлайн-медіа про музику та все, що навколо неї. 19 February 2021. Retrieved 26 February 2021.
  8. ^ ""ЙО-ЙО" (KALUSH feat. Skofka)". espreso.tv (in Ukrainian). 23 July 2021.
  9. ^ "Dzhonni Dyvnyy: vlasnyy brend odyahu, kino, hastroli" Джонні Дивний: власний бренд одягу, кіно, гастролі [Johnny Strange: own brand of clothes, movies, tours]. The New Voice of Ukraine (in Ukrainian). 27 April 2021. Retrieved 9 April 2022.
  10. ^ Washak, James (5 April 2022). "🇺🇦 Ukraine: Sasha Tab Replaces Kalush Orchestra Backing Vocalist Johnny Strange". Eurovoix. Retrieved 9 April 2022.
  11. ^ Marco, Muntean (10 February 2022). "Kalush Orchestra: "'Stefania' track is about the dearest person, Mom"". escbubble. Retrieved 18 February 2022.
  12. ^ Farren, Neil (12 February 2022). "Vidbir 2022 – Eurovision in times of trouble – Alina Pash to Eurovision". OnEurope. Retrieved 16 February 2022.
  13. ^ Kolomiiets, Daryana (14 February 2022). "Scandal Hits Ukraine's Eurovision 2022 Candidate". Kyiv Post. Retrieved 18 February 2022.
  14. ^ "Скандали на Євробаченні: що відбувається". BBC (in Ukrainian). 13 February 2022. Retrieved 18 February 2022.
  15. ^ Holden, Steve (16 February 2022). "Alina Pash: Singer won't represent Ukraine at Eurovision". BBC. Retrieved 18 February 2022.
  16. ^ Adams, William Lee (17 February 2022). "Ukraine offers Kalush Orchestra Eurovision 2022 spot "to maintain the trust of the audience"". wiwibloggs. Retrieved 18 February 2022.
  17. ^ "Гурт "Kalush Orchestra" представить Україну на Євробаченні в Турині" [Kalush Orchestra will represent Ukraine at Eurovision in Turin]. Suspilne (in Ukrainian). 22 February 2022. Retrieved 22 February 2022.
  18. ^ "Як голосували журі і глядачі: Суспільне отримало протоколи з фіналу Нацвідбору" [How the jury and the audience voted: Public received protocols from the final of the National Selection]. Suspilne (in Ukrainian). 22 February 2022. Retrieved 22 February 2022.
  19. ^ Smith, David (28 March 2022). ""We have hope it will work out" — Oleh Psiuk says Kalush Orchestra still want to sing in Turin". Wiwibloggs. Retrieved 9 April 2022.
  20. ^ Smith, David (6 April 2022). "Ukraine: Vidbir 2017 contestant Sasha Tab joins Kalush Orchestra as new backing vocalist". Wiwibloggs. Retrieved 9 April 2022.
  21. ^ Ek, Torbjörn (7 May 2022). "Strider i kriget – Kalush Orchestra har fått ta in ersättare i Eurovision". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 9 May 2022.
  22. ^ Treisman, Rachel (14 May 2022). "Ukraine wins Eurovision 2022 with overwhelming support from the audience". NPR. Retrieved 15 May 2022. One of them, Vlad Kurochka, or MC KylymMen (which translates to CarpetMan) chose to stay in Ukraine, where he's been helping to defend Kyiv.
  23. ^ Sheftalovich, Zoya (12 May 2022). "8 times Ukraine's Eurovision ride got political". Politico. Retrieved 15 May 2022. Not all members of Kalush have made it to Turin: Vlad Kurochka, aka MC KylymMen, aka MC CarpetMan, had to pull out in order to carry out his duties in Ukraine’s territorial defense force.
  24. ^ "Ukraine wins Eurovision Song Contest after performance by Kalush Orchestra". Sky News. Retrieved 15 May 2022.
  25. ^ "Eurovision 2022: Ukraine wins, while the UK's Sam Ryder comes second". BBC News. 14 May 2022. Retrieved 15 May 2022.
  26. ^ "Top Radio Hits Ukraine Weekly Chart". TopHit Music Charts. Retrieved 15 May 2022.
  27. ^ "2022 19-os savaitės klausomiausi (TOP 100)". AGATA (in Lithuanian). Retrieved 15 May 2022.
  28. ^ "Десята церемонія. YUNA 2021". YUNA (in Ukrainian). 15 February 2022. Retrieved 15 May 2022.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
with "Shum"
Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Preceded by Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
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