WATCH: Hungary’s Joci Pápai floods us with romance on new single “Özönvíz”

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He’s the Hungarian charmer who brought the Romani language to Eurovision last May in Kyiv.

Now, Joci Pápai is injecting some romance into our summer with the dramatic “Özönvíz” (Flood).

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Remélem ti is várjátok mar!

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“Özönvís” tells the story of a man’s emotions for his beloved. Or rather flood of emotions, hence the title. It’s the A Dal winner’s first single since “Origo”.

Just like his Eurovision 2017 entry — which secured Hungary its second best result since 2007 — Joci’s new release is a powerful ode to love, where modern pop is mixed together with the traditional sound of his Romani heritage.

With lyrics written by Joci himself, in collaboration with Ferenc Molnár “Caramel” and Gergo Szakács, the track is deeply personal.

According to the main man, the release is very important to him, as he had been struggling musicly prior to his Eurovision adventure. But, thanks to both fate and his faith, the words came to him in the end. Pápai credits the almighty for giving him the strength to keep his creativity alive.

In the music video, Joci is joined by dancer Alexandra Virág — she who danced so passionately throughout his Eurovision performance. And, as in Kyiv, it’s her job to represent the singing rapper’s lover.

And it would seem that she was fully clued in to all the entries inside the International Exhibition Centre — or at least Montenegro’s. For the dancing damsel does Slavko Kalezic proud as she whips her single braid back and forth.

Although the video only landed on Monday, Joci first debuted the song live on Hungarian TV channel Duna back in June. Alexandra accompanied him then too. Hopefully their partnership will continue to flourish into the future, since they seem to be a match made in musical heaven.

Joci Pápai “Ösönvíz” Official Music Video

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Joci Pápai — Özönvíz lyrics

Nem látom az arcod, a víztükörben magam állok.
Hosszú volt ez a tél, feledhetném, feledhetném.
Nem hallom a hangod, a csend borítja be a tájat,
Bármerre visz a szél, engedném, elengedném.

Valami most is fáj
Lépteidet hallom még.
Ha elmész, nem marad ami szép,
Bárhova is indulnék,
Jajj jaja jajj.

Hallom, ahogy hozzám szól,
Ébredek a zuhanásból.
Visszajövök, nem lesz baj,
Jajj jaja jajj.

Vártál a folyónál, a hajadból egy hidat fontál.
Hívtál, hogy menjek át, a viharban, a viharban.
Szívemben dobogtál, és nem hallottam a világot.
Más partra sodortál, és messze jársz messze járok.

Valami most is fáj
Lépteidet hallom még.
Ha elmész, nem marad ami szép,
Bárhova is indulnék,
Jajj jaja jajj.

Hallom, ahogy hozzám szól,
Ébredek a zuhanásból.
Visszajövök, nem lesz baj.

Viharban jöttem, az árral szemben,, úgy is csak szöktem, özönvíz lettem.

Valami most is fáj
Lépteidet hallom még.
Ha elmész, nem marad ami szép,
Bárhova is indulnék,
Jajj jaja jajj.

Hallom, ahogy hozzám szól,
Ébredek a zuhanásból.
Visszajövök, nem lesz baj,
Jajj jaja jajj.

Valami most is fáj.
Valami most is fáj.

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