We’re only three songs into the Eurovision season as of this writing, and this year’s Song Contest is already getting a lot more interesting. Here’s Benny Cristo with the Czech Republic entry, “Kemama.”
Ben Cristovao is an Angolan-Czech singer who competed on the first edition of the talent show Superstar. He has gone on to have five charting singles on the Czech Top 100, and reached third in 2019 with “Aleiaio.” He also competes in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and won a gold medal at the 2016 Madrid Open.
We love “Kemama.” It is bright and joyful, buoyed the sparkling synth lines that propel the song and the minimalist beats that pepper it. It’s a party song, but one with lyrics that hint at the adversity Benny faced while growing up. It’s rich, vibrant, and primed to light up summer radio.
This is only Czech Republic’s ninth entry, but no two Czech songs have been alike. They’ve sent grandiose ballads, goth show tunes, sludgy metal, sophistipop, and Roma rap. They found their best result with a sexy contemporary R&B number. Now they’re dipping into Angolan hip hop pop. Czech Republic usually isn’t looking for a good Eurovision song, they’re just looking for a song that stands out from the crowd. It’s a damned good strategy.