She’s the Eurovision 2018 winner and probably the busiest Eurovision artist of the last six months. And after months of work Netta is finally ready to release her follow-up single. Her new song is called “Bassa Sababa” and will be released along with its music video on February 1 worldwide. Kulului, Kulului!
Ever since “Toy” was released back in March 2018, Netta has become a phenomenon and her song went viral, from Israel to Europe to Africa. She not only won Eurvision, but also set several records before and after the contest, including having the most watched video EVER on the official Eurovision YouTube channel.
She currently has over 102 million views of her music video there and another 35 million views on KAN’s channel (that’s on top of the millions of views of her live performances at Eurovision as well).
In recent months she’s been hot-footing it with live performances and promotions all across Europe and even in The US (and in Israel of course). Now that she’s taken a moment to breathe, Netta can finally release her follow-up single, “Bassa Sababa”, which drops on February 1.
The new song will have English lyrics, but as you can understand, it also includes the Hebrew/Arabic words: “Bassa” – which means bummer, and “Sababa” which means cool or great. Those terms are really common in Israel, so you get a free first lesson in case you’re daring to dream and coming to Tel Aviv for Eurovision 2019. The song was written and produced by Netta herself, together with her producer Avshalom Ariel and Toy’s songwriter Stav Beger.
In a recent interview with “At” magazine in Israel, she said that the song has a lot of rage with incisive lyrics, that it’s a great follow up for “Toy”, yet very different from it.
She also revealed the big surprise that the song will have a rhinoceros. Yes, you read it right. Netta told the magazine that she fell in love with rhinos while growing up in Africa and that’s how it ended up in her new song.
She promises that the sound of the song will have references to that animal. That might sound kinda strange to you, but just remember how the chicken sounds went viral when “Toy” was released. After we did the Baka-baka, we’re ready for the next thing.
The song will be released together with its music video, as last month Netta visited Kyiv for the shoot. The director of the video is Roy Raz, who has worked with another well-known Eurovision artist — Anggun (France 2012).
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Did Netta want to sing Bassa Sababa at Eurovision?
We’ve previously published the highlights of an interview with TV director Yoav Tzafir, who is in charge of The Next Star for Eurovision, and he also directed Netta’s performance at Eurovision. In his interview, he mentioned that Netta submitted her own song to the special Eurovision committee that chose the song that she eventually sang at Eurovision.
Netta wanted to sing a song she penned herself at Eurovision, which featured a chorus with the phrase “Sababa Sababa” but the Israeli Eurovision committee voted for “Toy” instead. Inside the studio there were plenty of tears. But Netta broke “Toy” down into parts and eventually added the chicken sounds and the looper, at which point it all clicked as she made that song her own song, with her special touch.
As her new song has almost the same title, we suspect it may have been the song she wanted for Eurovision. The song has probably been further produced in the last couple of months so we can’t wait to hear what this baby sounds like. As Netta is expected to perform on the Eurovision stage in Tel Aviv, there is a quite a big chance that she will perform her new song on that stage. Looks like it could make it to Eurovision as she hoped all along.
Are you excited for Netta’s follow-up single? Do you think it will be even better than “Toy”? Let us know in the comments box below.