Benny Cristo

Benny Cristo

Kemama

Second Semi-Final
Starts 6th
Song
Kemama
Written by
Ben Cristovao, Charles Sarpong
Composed by
Osama Hussain, Rudy Ray, Filip Zangi
Broadcaster
Ceská Televize

Benny Cristo, born Ben Cristovao, was born in the Czech city called Plzeň. He is a singer, lyric writer, sportsman and actor. Ben's mother is from the Czech Republic and his father from the Southern Africa country of Angola.

Ben is one of the most significant mainstream artists on the Czech scene, singing in both Czech and English. His music career began in 2009 when he appeared on a Czech singing contest on television. Before that, Benny was a sportsman on a professional level; known for both tennis and snowboarding. The experience gained from his participation in the singing contest show motivated him to focus more on his music career.

In 2010, he released his debut album Definitely Different and, 2 years after, the album Benny Cristo. In 2014, he released an album called Made In Czechoslovakia, which he celebrated with a concert in a Prague hall Forum Karlin with 4,500 visitors. In 2017, he released an EP called Poslední which he performed live during an open-air gig in Prague for 7,000 visitors. In 2019, Ben released his EP Kontakt and performed for 15,000 people in Prague's O2 Arena. This year he wants to repeat the event in the O2 Arena again.

Benny often collaborates with various other artists, from mainstream bands and solo artists to alternative hip hop artists from the Czech and Slovak Republic. Benny has released 5 solo albums thus far, and most tracks were in collaboration with Canadian music producers The Glowsticks, led by Osama Verse-Atile.

His Eurovision entry is Kemama, translated to 'okay mama'. The lyrics are about his childhood, during which he faced much adversity. The Glowsticks produce the song, and Tomáš Kasal directed the video.

Benny has been a vegan for many years and also an animal rights advocate. He actively participates in various events and projects supporting this. For many years, Benny has also been BrazilianJiu-Jitsuu fighter on a professional level.

Lyrics of Kemama

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.

Updates about Benny Cristo

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