Otava Yo is a famous Russian folk group from St. Petersburg. It was created in 2003 by Alexey Belkin (“Reelroad”) together with the musicians of the group Reelroad and SKAZY LESA(Tales of Forest). The group gained fame thanks to simple and accessible music, bright colors of the artists and frequent street performances, as well as numerous tours in Russia and Europe. The group has a large number of Russian folk instruments such as bagpipes, pipes and zhaleyka, gusli, violin, percussions and big drum, guitar and bass guitar. The repertoire of the group consists of Russian folk songs of varying degrees of fame.
The turning point in the history of the group was 2015, when Otava Yo recorded and released a video for the Russian folk song "Sumetskaya", shot with the participation of the artel of the Russian fist fight "Buza". For several weeks, several million people watched the video on YouTube, he entered the top 10 music video clips of 2015, and also headed the European World Music video chart in February 2015.
The group actively gives concerts and performs at a variety of ethnic and folk festivals in different countries, presenting modern Russian folk music for everyone who is interested in happy and outgoing folk. Otava Yo participated in the festivals: “Wild Mint”, “WOMAD”, “World of Siberia”, “Kaustinen folk festival” and others; as well as at the international world music exhibition "WOMEX-2014".