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Joci Pápai: "Proud to be the first gypsy to represent Hungary"

13 April 2017 at 13:00 CEST
Joci Pápai will represent Hungary at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. Boglárka Bodnár
Joci's breakthrough came in 2005 after he released his first album and was featured in numerous top-charting singles. He will represent Hungary in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest with the entry Origo.

Music definitely runs in the family of Joci Pápai as his father was the leader of a big gypsy orchestra. At the age of four Joci chose the same path when he first picked up a guitar, an instrument he did not let go of ever since. Joci is no stranger to competitions since he could have become a professional sportsman as he was playing basketball from an early age, eventually he decided to pursue his dreams as a musician.  

Recently Joci Pápai reshaped his musical style, creating an exciting and unique blend of authentic gypsy music and modern pop. This can be heard in his entry for the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest entitled Origo. Joci says;this song is a blend of styles, it’s modern world music – electronic beats meet with Hungarian and gypsy styles, it’s an extraordinary yet finely balanced combination.”  

“I'm very proud of being an honest person. Though I’ve had my fair share of struggles, I’m very emotional and I’m filled with love to the brim", said Joci. 

"I got so much love from my parents and this is so important to me – I wouldn’t be able to write good songs without inner peace and balance and I am forever in debt to my parents for this. I hope to pass that profound love over to my children.“