Netta Barzilai, Eurovision winner, drops a new single

Eurovision winner sings "I do what I wanna do" on "Nana Banana"

May 12, 2019 12:18
Netta Barzilai, Eurovision winner, drops a new single

Netta Barzilai struts down the runway in a Bananhot swimsuite at Israel Fashion Week. (photo credit: AVI WALDMAN)


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Netta Barzilai, the winner of last year’s Eurovision contest in Lisbon, released a new single on Friday just in time for the song contest in Tel Aviv this week.

The song, titled “Nana Banana,” is a reggaeton-inspired pop song about Barzilai doing what she wants, written along with Natan Goshen and Stav Beger.

“They keep asking me to shine just like the sun now,” she sings. “Like the sun now/ But I don’t wanna/ Baby it’s so comfortable/ In my bubble I stay/ Always running away/ Cuz baby it’s so comfortable/ They keep calling my name/ I’m not hearing nothing/ Nana Banana/ I do what I wanna.”

The song is entirely in English, without even the hint of Hebrew found in both Barzilai’s previous songs, “Toy” and “Bassa Sababa.”

On Friday, Barzilai only released a lyric video for the song, not a full music video. The singer has been dropping hints for weeks about the single being themed around pajamas and slumber parties, and indeed the lyrics for the song begin: “I was sitting all day long in my pajama/ Eating peanut butter jelly with my mama.”

This is Barzilai’s third original song and her second single since winning the Eurovision Song Contest last year.

“I had an amazing year and I feel that everyone is trying to sum it up,” Barzilai said Friday. “'Nana Banana' is my personal summary, and I think that I want to take you into my bubble, to my most personal place over the past year.”

In February, Barzilai released “Bassa Sababa,” an electronic dance number that became a radio hit in Israel. On YouTube, the music video for the song has more than 18 million views.

Barzilai will give the single a global debut on the Eurovision stage during the grand finale in Tel Aviv on Saturday. The singer is slated to appear before Madonna and show off “Nana Banana” to the millions of fans watching across the world.

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