Jeangu Macrooy, the Netherlands’ entry, takes the stage to sing “Birth of a New Age,” a tune penned in response to the police killing of George Floyd and the next resurgence of the Black Lives Matter motion worldwide.
“Skin as rich as the starlit night / Your rhythm is rebellion,” the gospel-influenced tune begins, saluting the protesters who demanded justice for Floyd final yr.
In the refrain, Macrooy switches from English to Sranan Tongo, the language of his native Suriname, a South American nation that was as soon as a colony of the Netherlands. “Yu no man broko mi,” he sings, again and again: “You can’t break me.”
Eurovision is well-known for songs that take stands on social or political points. In 1971, Germany’s Katja Ebstein sang “Diese Welt” (“This World”), a pro-environment monitor that was radical for its time. More not too long ago, acts have pushed for homosexual, lesbian and transgender rights in Europe.
So it’s nice to see Macrooy persevering with that development — though, sadly, he has nearly no likelihood of successful. Few international locations ever win Eurovision twice in a row. Ireland did 3 times within the 1990s, however by the third time they have been determined to not win once more. The winner hosts the following yr’s present, and it was beginning to get costly.