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Background information
Origin Kharkiv, Ukraine
Genres Hip hop, alternative hip hop, jazz
Years active 1989–present
Associated acts
Website .com.tnmkwww
Members Fagot
Oleksandr Shymansʹkyy
Past members Dilya

TNMK or Tanok na Maidani Kongo (Ukrainian: Танок на майдані Конґо; literally Dance at the Congo Square) - is the most successful Ukrainian hip-hop group. They are known for clever, yet often tongue-in-cheek, lyrics; mixing hip-hop with rock, funk and jazz music and playing real instruments on their albums and live shows, rather than using samples and drum machines. TNMK performed at many festivals as: Sziget Fest,[2] Zakhid, Tavria Games, Chervona Ruta, Faine Misto and Bandershtat.

The group was formed in Kharkiv in the early 1990s and released its first album, Zroby meni hip-hop, in 1998. The title track became an underground hit in Ukraine, but it was only with the release of Neformat in 2001 that they rose to mainstream popularity. Pozhezhi mista Vavilon, released in 2004, had a harder sound, while Jazzy, released in the same year, was a live album recorded with a Ukrainian jazz band, Skhid-Side, and featured TNMK songs re-arranged in a jazz and funk style. In the same year, the group toured France and recorded French versions of some of their songs. Their album Syla was voted the best album of 2005 by the most popular Ukrainian music portal Their 2008 album, ReFormatTsia vol.2, is a compilation of remixes of their songs sung by them and other singers such as Oleh Skrypka, Mariya Burmaka and GreatFruit. The album also includes a remix of the song "Chervona Ruta" featuring Sofia Rotaru. In 2014 they realised their last album - Dzerkalo.



  1. ^ Apollo 440 finish new 5th album - ‘The Future’s What It Used To Be’. Guest vocal appearances by Mary Byker and Oleg Mykhailuta (TNMK).
  2. ^ Esthetic Education and TNMK showed themselves in “Sziget” rock-festival

External links

  • Official website

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