Benny Cristo Kemama Czech Republic Eurovision 2020

Benny Cristo was due to represent Czech Republic at Eurovision 2020 with his song “Kemama”. He has already been confirmed as the Czech Republic’s 2021 representative.

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Czech Republic in Eurovision 2020: Benny Criston “Kemama”

After two consecutive qualifications, the Czech Republic continued with its successful online national final Eurovision Song CZ for a third year. Seven entries were in contention, with the winner determined by a mixture of jury and online votes.

While Benny finished second with the jury panel of former Eurovision stars, the public support was strong enough to see him over the line.

With close to 800,000 followers on Instagram and over 400,000 on Facebook, he is constantly referred to as one of the celebrities with the largest following in Czechia and Slovakia. No wonder he managed to score the maximum 12 points from the public in Eurovision CZ!

What do the “Kemama” lyrics mean?

In an appearance on the Ukrainian TV show Kultura Dialogu, Benny explains how “Kemama” came to be.

It’s a funny story. I wanted to go to Eurovision a year before, but I couldn’t because of personal reasons. But the song kept growing. I found new words for it, I was modelling it, I was playing with it. I was literally like a child… And it got to where it is today.

But what is the song about?

For starters, “Kemama” means “Ok Mama” — as in ok mama.

The chorus goes:

Kemama, you know
They can say what they want, you should let it go

Benny says this refers to “whenever people are putting you down and they make you feel like you’re not welcome, don’t worry about it”. He explains that as a child your mom is the person who you can talk to if something that’s wrong, whether it’s school, bullies or something else. But not that he’s older, he’s able to reassure his mother, and tell her that he’s “got this”.

“Don’t worry about this. I’m going to sort it. I’m going to dance. I’m going to show them who I am”.

“Kemama” lyrics — Benny Cristo (Czech Republic ESC 2020)

Written and composed by: Ben Cristovao, Charles Sarpong, Osama Hussain, Rudy Ray and Filip Zangi.

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Ay, Benny Cristo and Glowsticks
Some of y’all already know
Haha

Kemama, you know
They can say what they want, you should let it go
‘Cause tonight I will sho-o-ow love
I’ll show them I can dance on my own

They say I lost my way
Lost my way? Never lost my way, oh, no
I know where I go, don’t care what they say
Never care what they say, oh, yeah
I’m high, I’m lifted like sir Bob Marley
Bob Marley, oh, yeah

I’m ’bout to show them all I’mma kill it
Ali Boomaye, oh, yeah
I’mma put my heart on the stove
Let y’all feel the heat
You’ll be playing with the fire
If you dance with me

I wasn’t always like that
I wasn’t born like that
I just work like that
24/7

Kemama, you know
They can say what they want, you should let it go, ey
‘Cause tonight I will sho-o-ow love
I’ll show them I can dance on my own
Kemama, you know

In this concrete jungle it was not easy to grow up, nah, nah, nah
But every time they pushed my down
I answered with this smile and I got up, yeah
Like you told me

I’mma put my heart on the stove
Let y’all feel the heat
You’ll be playing with the fire
If you dance with me

I wasn’t always like that
I wasn’t born like that
I just work like that
24/7

Kemama, you know
They can say what they want, you should let it go, ey
‘Cause tonight I will sho-o-ow love
I’ll show them I can dance on my own

Kemama, you know
They can say what they want, you should let it go
‘Cause tonight I will sho-o-ow love
I’ll show them I can dance on my own (Ey, ey, ey, ey)

See, I don’t care if you are not like me
I just came to dance
We should dance all night, babe, night, babe
And I don’t care if they don’t like me
All I do is dance, I don’t care about their fighting
Why they fighting

Kemama, you know
They can say what they want, you should let it go, ey
‘Cause tonight I will sho-o-ow love
I’ll show them I can dance on my own

Kemama, you know
They can say what they want, you should let it go, ey
‘Cause tonight I will sho-o-ow love
I’ll show them I can dance on my own

What do you think of “Kemama”? Let us know in the comments.

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Iván el Conquistador
Iván el Conquistador
5 months ago

I wonder how many times the lyrics have changed due to so many revamps.

Stian F
Stian F
5 months ago

I like these lyrics!

” ‘k mama….. I’ ll show them i can dance on my own”!

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
5 months ago

“Benny Cristo’s “Kemama” lyrics are about telling his mom that everything will be ok”

I would’ve never guessed that from the music video