Kateryna Pavlenko

Ukrainian singer and folklorist & eurovison star

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Kateryna Pavlenko
Катерина Павленко
Kateryna Pavlenko Vidbir 2020.jpg
Background information
Birth nameKateryna Anatoliivna Pavlenko
Also known asMonokate
Born (1988-08-10) August 10, 1988 (age 33)
Nizhyn, Ukrainian SSR
Years active2009–present
Associated actsGo_A

Kateryna Anatoliivna Pavlenko (Ukrainian: Катерина Анатоліївна Павленко, IPA: [kɐteˈrɪnɐ pɐu̯ˈlɛnko]; born August 10, 1988) is a Ukrainian singer, composer, and folklorist. She is the lead vocalist of the Ukrainian electro-folk band Go_A, who represented Ukraine at Eurovision Song Contest 2020 with their song "Solovey". After the cancellation of the contest due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they represented Ukraine again in 2021 with "Shum". Pavlenko is also known under the pseudonym Monokate (Ukrainian: Монокейт).

Early life

Pavlenko was born on August 10, 1988, in Nizhyn, Chernihiv Oblast, Ukraine, (at the time it was the Ukrainian SSR) a city north-east of the capital Kyiv. Her mother worked an unpaid job in the military which meant her family was poor and, at one point, homeless.[1] She was surrounded by folk music from an early age. Her grandmother was a singer and taught her the traditional style of singing known as 'white voice' and her grandfather played the accordion. Her mother also sang in a folk choir.[2]

During her time at school she studied singing and was encouraged by her teachers to become an opera singer, however she realised she wanted to become a rock musician. She was in a local rock band as a teen and performed in several concerts.[1]


Pavlenko studied at the Nizhyn School of Culture and Arts, graduating in 2009. She then went on to study folklore at the Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts, graduating in 2013.[3]


Pavlenko has directed multiple folk ensembles, including the veterans choir in Berezan, Kyiv Oblast. She is the lead singer of the band Go_A, and has written and published her own music under her pseudonym Monokate.[4]


In June 2021, Kateryna Pavlenko entered the top 100 most influential women in Ukraine according to Focus magazine, where she took 10th place.[5]


Pavlenko originally joined the electro-folk band Go_A as a backup singer in 2012, but she is now the lead singer. Their first single, "Koliada" (Ukrainian: Коляда), came out in 2012, but the band didn't gain much recognition until 2015, when they released "Vesnyanka" (Ukrainian: Веснянка), which was number one in the 10Dance chart of the Ukrainian Kiss FM radio station, and was elected 'discovery of the year' by the same radio station.[6] Their debut album Idy Na Zvuk (Ukrainian: Іди на звук) was released in 2016.

Eurovision Song Contest

In early 2020, Pavlenko, along with the band, competed in Vidbir 2020, the Ukrainian National Selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 with the song "Solovey". In the final, they won both the jury and televote which meant they would represent Ukraine at Eurovision 2020[7] but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the competition was cancelled.

Go_A represented Ukraine the next year at Eurovision 2021 with the song "Shum". They placed 5th overall, but came 2nd in the public vote.[8] "Shum" reached 1st place in the global Spotify Viral 50 on May 24.[9]

The lead singer of Go_A Kateryna Pavlenko has become the spokesperson of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 from Ukraine.


With Go_A

Name Details
Іди на звук
Year Name Album
2012 "Koliada" (UKR:«Коляда») Non-album single
2015 "Vesnianka" (UKR:«Веснянка») Іди на звук
2017 "Shchedryi Vechir" (UKR:«Щедрий вечір») with Katya Chilly Non-album single
2019 "Rano-Ranenko" (UKR:«Рано-раненько»)
2020 "Solovey" (UKR:«Соловей»)
2020 "Dobrym Lyudyam na Zdorov'ya" (UKR:«Добрим людям на здоров'я»)
2021 "Shum" (UKR:«Шум») Expected
"—": single was not included in the charts

As Monokate

Year Name Album
2019 "Svit Song" With Dan Alien and Blueberry
2021 "Play/Rec" With Dan Alien and Blueberry
"—": single was not included in the charts


  1. ^ a b "MonoKate" Public documentary project about Go_A soloist Kateryna Pavlenko (in Ukrainian)
  2. ^ Interview With Go_A Soloist Kateryna Pavlenko (in Ukrainian)
  3. ^ Kateryna Pavlenko From The Band Go_A (in Ukrainian)
  4. ^ MonoKate Has Released Their Debut Single (in Ukrainian)
  5. ^ Галина Ковальчук (June 25, 2021). "В рейтингу Фокуса "ТОП-100 впливових жінок" — більше половини нових імен" (in Ukrainian). Focus magazine.
  6. ^ Best Track In Ukraine 2015 (in Ukrainian)
  7. ^ Go_A Will Represent Ukraine In Rotterdam, February 22, 2020
  8. ^ Eurovision Grand Final Results
  9. ^ Spotify Viral 50
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