She recently signed a deal with Universal — one of the world’s biggest record labels.
But on Thursday Spain’s Eurovision 2016 singer Barei made it clear that she’s keeping her edgy, independent spirit with the release of her official music video and revamp of “Say Yay!”
In recent weeks the Eurovision entries have come thick and fast, and the bookies have thus far left Spain out of the game. But Barei — a true fighter with an amazing voice and stage presence — has decided to take a step forward and revamp the song. The changes are subtle yet powerful: The drums beat louder and harder, giving the song some added drama, and the backing vocalists come through more clearly in the chorus. She’s also added more funk elements and some soulful trumpets, creating a new and technically improved entry for Eurovision 2016. Yes, she has managed to give a lively song even more life and a smoother finish.
But there’s more than meets the eye, lads.
Her abs of steel are on show, and they hint at the strength and perseverance she details in her song. As we’ve discussed repeatedly, Barei brings an optimistic battle cry to pick yourself up and move forward. As she says “go-getters don’t forsake.”
Speaking about the song and video presentation, Barei said: “I decide where my destiny begins and ends, it’ll be nowhere else but where I want it to happen. I own my life.”
And the video shows it right after the first chorus when Barei and her dancers fall, immediately standing up and moving on. Barei and her posse continue to use her fancy footwork, which she performed previously in the national final and in Ukraine’s national selection. By including dancers performing those moves in a number of locations — including Stockholm, London, Havana, Berlin, Miami and Madrid — she gives them universality. She seems to suggest that no matter where people live they can work their moves and persevere. There’s strength in all of you.
The video features some astonishing visual work, photography and art production, all coupled with the magic of esteemed choreographer Fritz Mensch. He’ll also work with Barei for Stockholm.
Tomorrow, March 11, Barei will release the second version of Say Yay! on music platforms, including Spotify and iTunes. Barei also revealed two more tips about her incoming participation at Eurovision: she’ll keep her special footwork, as it relates to the message within the lyrics, and her backing vocalists will play “a crucial role” during the performance.
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How do y’all feel about this clip and revamp of “Say Yay!”? Are you feeling it or would you stick to the first version? Let us know in the comments below!