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About 5'nizza

5'Nizza were a Ukrainian duo whose minimal acoustic sound combined elements of reggae, hip-hop, soul, folk-rock, and Latin music. The duo, whose moniker means "Friday" in Russian, formed in 2000 in Kharkov, and consisted of guitarist Sergey Babkin and singer Andrey "Sun" Zaporozhets. Their easygoing, laid-back tunes featured sung and rapped vocals as well as beatboxed drums. The duo's demo, Unplugged, which featured a cover of Bob Marley's "Jammin'," surfaced in 2002 and was heavily bootlegged across Russian-speaking countries. 5'Nizza's official self-titled debut, containing re-recorded versions of many songs from their demo, was released by Grand Records in 2003, and greatly expanded the duo's popularity. O5, the duo's official second album, followed in 2005 and featured more sophisticated arrangements, including some electric guitar and Rhodes piano. The album was not as successful as their previous release, and the duo disbanded in 2007. Sessions for their third official album ended up being released as the debut by Zaporozhets' subsequent band, SunSay. In 2015, 5'Nizza reunited for a tour and recorded a few new songs, which were released as the third disc of All in One, a retrospective containing both of the duo's albums. ~ Paul Simpson

  • ORIGIN
    Kharkov, Ukraine
  • BORN
    2000

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