Марія Бурмака (Maria Burmaka) began singing Ukrainian songs while studying in a guitar class in a musical school. In 1987 she entered the faculty of philology of Kharkov University of Karazin. A year later she started composing her own songs on the Ukrainian poetry. In 1989 Maria was the winner of the Sung Poetry festival in Lutsk. Then she became "silver medallist" of the Chervona Ruta festival. The "Kobza" firm released an audiocassette with her guitar songs.