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Jogi: "no matter what nationality or minority you belong to, the main answer is love"

Posted by Pedro.Eurovisionontop on April 13, 2017 at 12:30 PM

Joci is the first gypsy singing for Hungary and he is the one bringing back ethnic music to Eurovision this year.

Eurovision on top had the chance to speak to Joci and get some background about his participation.

Read now what Joci thinks about his participation this year.


1. Joci, how would your best friend introduce you?

He can always trust me, and depend on me. I never judge their lives, choices, however, if asked, can advise one thing or another. Also, I can be a real joker once a party gets going.


2. What was the background of your decision to participate at the Hungarian national final this year?

Once this song, Origo came to me, I knew that I must share it with a broader audience. I think its words together with the tune can touch a great mass. Europeans, Romanis, and, actually people from around the world.


3. What is the story behind your song?

Just read the english lyrics and feel free to understand and get the ‘feeling’.

Verse 1: Time for you to close your eyes To see me clear without disguise For you to have my heart in all You have to get to know my soul If you don’t need me let me go I was meant to be a John Doe Suffering’s a thing I know But the Lord is mindful of his own Chorus: Jálomá lommá, jálomá lommá Jálomá lommá lomalom Jálomá lommá, jálomá nédinná Jálomá lommá, lomálom

Verse 2: Why didn’t you let me know My skin’s color will stop the show My eyes are brown, you knew it well They’ll never change as I can tell You fill me up right to the brim But we’re overflown so leave me be Go away and shut the door You’ll be damned forevermore

Chorus: Jálomá lommá, jálomá lommá Jálomá lommá lomalom Jálomá lommá, jálomá nédinná Jálomá lommá, lomálom

Rap: At the age of 4 God talked to me And armed well to set me free With this weapon I couldn’t stop to exercise It grew to be my part like the sword for the Samurai I can trust it, he’s a friend I know Will show me the truth and a way to follow It’s covenant that stays with me forever It can’t be forsaken now or never The child’s blessed with mysterious powers They are all afraid, I can tell, the doubters My strings attack and the bodies cry There’s no defence, it’s like venom and it’s set to fire That’s spreading ‘round and through the masses You hear the tunes, you know I got this! A million scars and endless road near and far Tears of thousands streaming down my guitar

Chorus: Jálomá lommá, jálomá lommá Jálomá lommá lomalom Jálomá lommá, jálomá nédinná Jálomá lommá, lomálom


4. You said that you know that your song was powerful. Why is it so and what’s the message of Origo?

For me this song is like the achievement of a lifetime, it represents my whole life. I wrote both the music and the lyrics and I’ve managed to write it just as I wanted to. Pain, knocking around, being offended, coming together and the love of music – these are significant things in my life and are all included in this song. I know that this is a bit of a cliché but the message of the song is hope. We shall never give up and we have to fight for our dreams and desires. I’m the living example why you should never give up: my dream has come true.


5. You are one of the less countries this year singing in their own language and having an ethnic touch. Why did you decide to do so?

Because I am extremely proud of my mother tongue and its melody. Should we have translated it in English, something would have been lost. Not the real thing, plainly.


6. What have your musical career looked like so far?

Topsy and turvy, full of ups and downs. Not to be compared to the success I am experiencing nowadays.


7. What is your objective for eurovision?

The highest possible spot. But – more importantly – to transmit the meaning of my song: the pain, challenge and hope attached to it, which most people experience or have experienced in their lives one way or the other. On the other hand, I am not particularly attached to a certain outcome. The exposure this contest brings me is already the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. Instead of stressing myself out focusing on an end goal I try to put on the daily work, constantly working on being a better singer, a better artist and find more and more effective ways to get my message through. Right to the hearts of the people in my audience.


8. Did you manage to watch your performance in the final of A Dal 2017?

Yeah, I’ve watched my performance twice already, once during the show, right before the grand finale and I’ve also seen the part when I burst into tears during singing my song, Origo for the last time. I don’t think that my victory has sunk in: my heart knows it already, but I still need to grasp it with my mind. It was an electrifying evening, indeed. You get hungry if you make it to the final four and you start to believe that you can actually win. I believed in my song from the start, I knew that it was very powerful and that it can make it to the top. But I never would have thought that I could win – I simply couldn’t allow the thought to cross my mind as I was so


9. Can you make a living as a singer in Hungary?

Honestly, for me being a singer was the only choice as that’s the only thing I know how to do! That’s my path and I can’t sacrifice my only and my biggest treasure. And you can see this in my song, Origo. It’s as if I were not the author but merely an agent in this whole thing. Maybe the words were given to me by God and He helped with the melodies. He was with me during the whole of A Dal, in the prayers before I entered the stage. There’s an indescribable connection between us. And I’ll need him more than ever in Kyiv.


10. Europe is in a very special decade. What is your message to our readers and to europe? What should do europe in the „Ori?

My message is this: no matter what nationality or minority you belong to, the main answer is love which our parents must plant in our hearts. This is what matters, and protects us should we sometimes stray from the beaten path. Faith, basically. In love and each other.


We wish Joci the best of luck and hope that his message works at the eurovision.


Pedro de Almeida



Categories: Eurovision 2017, Hungary, Interviews

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