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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

The Netherlands’ Eurovision included a Black Lives Matter song

This year’s Eurovision, the Netherlands dominated the stage with a gospel-influenced song, sung by Jeangu Macrooy. The song is dedicated to the death of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement that it birthed worldwide.

“Birth of a New Age” starts off with addressing the protesters who fought for Floyd’s justice, as read the powerful lyrics: “Skin as rich as the starlit night / Your rhythm is rebellion”.

The singer puts a twist to his song. Macrooy switches to the language of his native country, Suriname, Sranan Tongo from English in the chorus of the song, chanting the lyrics that say: “Yu no man broko mi” which translates to “You can’t break me”.

For years, Eurovision has served as a show that allows its contestants to express themselves freely, which resulted in many political and social problems being sung in front of the world. Dating back in 1971, Katja Ebstein – Germany’s representative, sang “Diese Welt”, a song about the environment that was progressive for its time. Eurovision participants have also been using their audience to talk about the LGBTQ+ rights in Europe.

Jeangu Macrooy is one of those people, too. Despite the fact that unfortunately, he didn’t win, it’s still good to see the singer use his influence for good and send out a powerful message to the world.

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