All hail the reigning Eurovision queen Netta.
The Eurovision 2018 winner and assumed Israeli royalty has continued her streak of singing songs with plenty of sass as she has just released “Bassa Sababa”, her first new single since taking home the trophy last year.
Seemingly just as catchy as her winning song and hit single “Toy”, the new track uses the Arabic/Hebrew slang words for “Bummer, that’s cool” and is all about Netta’s roller-coaster ride following her newfound fame.
Never one for being basic, the accompanying music video lets us into Netta’s Willy-Wonka-style world of pink via a video game. Even Nintendo’s Mario would be afraid to level up in this game as the video features a glittery pink rhinoceros charging at a man who left the Israeli singer standing alone at the altar.
Netta – “Bassa Sababa”
Netta has previously declared her love for the animal. In a recent interview with dpa, she explained why she featured the African animal.
“I looked for an animal that I felt was strong. A rhino has very thick skin. That symbolizes the negativity that glided off my skin, all the negative reactions to which I felt immune.”
“I feel that I was born a rhino – strong, powerful, uncompromising and attacking her hardships.”
Netta described her video to dpa as a “tribal pop anthem,” playing ode to her former homeland Nigeria, Africa. Most notably, the song fuses African beats with pop and electronic dance which is sure to fire up dance floors around the world.
The video was shot in the Ukrainian capital Kiev and directed by Roy Raz, who has worked with previous Eurovision artist Anggun (France 2012).
This video proves that not only is Netta here to stay, but she is also here to slay, rhino style!
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. Netta is expected to perform on the Eurovision stage in Tel Aviv, so there is quite a big chance she will perform her new song on that stage. Looks like it could make it to Eurovision as she hoped all along.
“Bassa Sababa” Lyrics
BAM BAM BASABIM
BIS MI WASABI
Call your mama
Tell her I’m a Rhino
My killer girls are coming
If you won’t hide you’re done
I’m gonna eat you
Um um um um um
Gonna beat you like a drum
Um um um
Gonna chew you like some gum
Um um um
Go and tell her who I am
Baby call your mom
Bam bam bam bam bam
Hold the trigger
My horn is bigger
I love my thicker figure
I grew a thicker skin
I’m gonna eat you
What do you make of Netta’s first single since winning Eurovision? How do you interpret the music video for “Bassa Sababa”? Do you think she should have sung this at Eurovision instead of “Toy”? Let us know in the comments below!