A few moments ago, the EBU published visual content about the first rehearsals of the Dutch delegation on the stage of Eurovision Song Contest 2021.
Here you can see a fragment of the first Dutch rehearsal:
Below you can see a gallery of images about his first contact with the stage and the cameras.
Photos: EBU / THOMAS HANSES
Jeangu’s musical journey began when he received a guitar from his parents for his 13th birthday. Together with his twin brother Xillan, he formed a musical duo. However, his artistic ambitions proved bigger than the scene in his native Suriname and so he moved to the Netherlands at the age of 20.
On arrival in Amsterdam, Jeangu enrolled in music college where he began collaborating with producer Perquisite. Before long, the Surinamese singer had released his debut album, High On You, and was nominated for an Edison Pop Award.
Jeangu believes there is no instruction manual for life, and by accepting that life consists of highs and lows, you make progress and get closer to who you are:
“Emotions, good and bad, are a universal language. I hope the song makes people feel a little less lonely in their search for happiness. I think that openness and honesty about how we really feel will ultimately bring us closer. I believe in the power of music to bring people together. It’s the reason I do what I do.”
Jeangu’s Eurovision entry, Birth Of A New Age, tells a story of resilience and the dawn of a new era. Besides English, Macrooy sings parts of the song in Sranan Tongo, a language of Suriname. These lyrics are inspired by an old Surinamese saying: ‘Mi Na Afu Sensi, No Wan Man E Broko Mi’, which literally means: ‘I’m half a cent, you can’t break me’.
Don’t forget you can download the official ESCplus handbook at the following link. Here you can find all the information regarding the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, biographies, points tables and everything you need to experience the event to the fullest.
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The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the contest’s organisers (NPO, NOS and AVROTROS) announced last january a final decision regarding the scenario that will ensure the health and safety of all people that will be involved in the Eurovision Song Contest next May in Rotterdam. From all the initial four scenarios they considered at the beginning, the organisers have decided to implement ‘Scenario B’.
The health safety and protocols that will be followed match with the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment guidelines for similar large-scale events such as sports competitions.