The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rate and review the 41 songs that had been selected for Eurovision 2020. Next up, we take a look at the Czech Republic‘s ESCZ winner Benny Cristo and his song “Kemama”. Did we feel the love? Read on to find out!
Benny Cristo – “Kemama”
Deban: Benny Cristo’s swag is LIT! Cleverly fusing African highlife sounds with Eurodance synths, “Kemama” is a product of a musically diverse 2020. Original, acoustic or revamp, the base product here is high. Even with minimal staging, as we’ve witnessed at Vidbir, Benny’s live touches gets your toes tapping. The authenticity here is him. His self-written composition is a testament to him living his best life despite all odds. Not many Eurovision 2020 tracks would go on to have a long shelf life, but watch out because this one will.
Jonathan: Europe is a diverse place. With that comes a diverse array of music that should be celebrated, particularly at Eurovision. “Kemama” brings African-inspired instrumentation to the forefront, with the guitars, horns and percussion blending well in the final revamp. The track has a wonderful carefree vibe to it. It’s not here to make a big statement, rather put a smile on people’s faces and get them dancing along. As Benny sings in the bridge, “I don’t care if you’re not like me, I just came to dance, we should dance”. I, for one, am ready to dance along every time “Kemama” comes on.
Antranig: As someone who puts the effort to listen to every entry last in every national selection, it takes a special kind of song to make me press stop before the three minutes are up. “Kemama” is that kind of song. I really like the genre diversity that “Kemama” offers and Benny has some great music but this song is a weak representation of the genre. I have to give Benny Cristo credit for trying to improve this with revamps but sweetie, the ship has sailed on this one.
Oliver: While I can appreciate that some enjoy the chilled-out atmosphere that “Kemama” creates, in my eyes, it really just three minutes of empty noise. It felt as though there was no development throughout the number, which was ultimately made worse by the cacophonous and messy revamp.
Robyn: It took a while to get there, but Benny Cristo did get there. The re-revamped final version of “Kemama” gets the mix right, combining the electronic sounds of the original version with the more organic sound of the African guitar. Benny Cristo delivers an anthem of being true to yourself, not giving into haters and just dancing the night away.
Benny Cristo – “Kemama” rankings
In the Wiwi Jury we have 22 jurors but only have room for five reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 2 and a high of 8.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 5.43/10
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