Ethnicity: Father is Congolese and Mother is Ukrainian.
Gaitana became the first singer of Afro-Ukrainian origin to represent Ukraine in the contest
Gaita-Lurdes Essami, better known under stage name Gaitana, born on 29 September 1979 in Kiev), is a Ukrainian singer and songwriter of Ukrainian and Congolese descent.
Gaitana was born in Kiev, during the Ukrainian SSR, a member state of the Soviet Union (in present-day Ukraine), but subsequently moved to the Republic of the Congo where her father, Klaver Essami, was born.
She lived there for five years. Afterwards, Gaitana moved back to Ukraine with her mother, but her father stayed in Brazzaville where he owns a transportation business.