Spotlight on: Netherlands

May 22, 2021

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Artist Profile

Artist: Jeangu Macrooy

Date of Birth: 6 November 1993

Hometown: Paramaribo, Suriname

Selection Method: Internal Selection

Song: Birth of a New Age

Composer: Pieter Perquin, Jeangu Macrooy

Producer: Pieter Perquin, Jeangu Macrooy

Eurovision Result: 23rd Place

Jeangu Macrooy is a Surinamese singer-songwriter. He was born in Paramaribo and has been living in the Netherlands since 2014.

He was due to represent the Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 to be held in Rotterdam with the song “Grow”, but the contest was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He will represent the country in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 with the song “Birth of a New Age”.

Song Lyrics

Skin as rich as a starlit night
Your rhythm is rebellion, your rhythm is rebellion (Oh-oh)
Deep currents running in the rivers of your eyes
Your rhythm is rebellion, your rhythm is rebellion (Oh-oh)
They spat on your crown and they poisoned your ground
Your rhythm is rebellion, your rhythm is rebellion (Oh-oh)
They burned your heroes at the stake
But your voice will echo on their names
This ain’t the end, no
It’s the birth of a new age

Yu no man broko mi
Yu no man broko mi
Yu no man broko, broko mi
Yu no man broko mi
Yu no man broko mi
Yu no man broko, broko mi (Oh-oh)

Soul blazin’ like a hurricane
Your rhythm is rebellion (Mmm-mhm), your rhythm is rebellion (Oh-oh)
Spirit roaring wild like untamed flames
Your rhythm is rebellion (Oh yeah), your rhythm is rebellion (Oh-oh)
They buried your Gods, they imprisoned your thoughts
Your rhythm is rebellion, your rhythm is rebellion (Oh-oh)
They tried to drain you of your faith
But you are the rage that melts the chains
This ain’t the end, no
It’s the birth of a new age

We are the fruit, adorning the legacy
Of every forgotten revolutionary
Born in resilience, proud like a lion
We are the birth of a new age

Yu no man broko mi (Yeah)
Yu no man broko mi (Mm-hmm)
Yu no man broko, broko mi (Mi na afu sensi)
Yu no man broko mi (Yu no man)
Yu no man broko mi (Yu no man)
Yu no man broko, broko mi (Mi na afu sensi)
Yu no man broko mi
Yu no man broko mi
Yu no man broko, broko mi (Mi na afu sensi)
Yu no man broko mi
Yu no man broko mi
Yu no man broko, broko mi (Mi na afu sensi)

Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest

Debut: 1956

Appearances: 60

Finals: 51

Best Result: 1st (1957, 1959, 1969, 1975, 2019)

Top 5:

1956 – Jetty Paerl – De vogels van Holland, =2nd Place

1956 – Corry Brokken – Voorgoed voorbij, =2nd Place

1957 – Corry Brokken – Net als toen, 1st Place

1959 – Teddy Scholten – Een beetje, 1st Place

1969 – Lenny Kuhr – De troubadour, 1st Place

1972 – Sandra & Andres – Als het om de liefde gaat, 4th Place

1974 – Mouth & MacNeal – I See a Star, 3rd Place

1975 – Teach-In – Ding-a-Dong, 1st Place

1980 – Maggie MacNeal – Amsterdam, 5th Place

1987 – Marcha – Rechtop in de wind, 5th Place

1998 – Edsilia Rombley – Hemel en aarde, 4th Place

2014 – The Common Linnets – Calm After The Storm, 2nd Place

2019 – Duncan Laurence – Arcade, 1st Place

Marcel Benzençon Awards:

2003 – Artistic Award

2014 – Artistic Award, Composer Award

2019 – Press Award

Do you think Netherlands can go back to back wins this year? Which Dutch entry is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below!

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