Eurovision Song Contest 2016: Greece – “Utopian Land” By Argo

Eurovision 2016 is almost upon us and as the countries begin to reveal their entries let’s start giving them the once-over. The Greece song is called “Utopian Land” and is performed by Argo

ARTIST

Argo consists of a lead singer Vladimiros Sofianidis, singer Christina Lachana, Konstantinos Topouzis is playing the Pontian lyre, Alexandros Papadopoulos is playing the tabor and vocalist singers Ilias Kesidis and Maria Elbrus.
Argo is a dynamic combination, as professional music artists with prestigious music studies and impressive resumes join with passionate, self taught performers who draw on powerful, personal experience in order to create powerful music.

The band is mainly inspired by hip hop sounds; at the same time, their music resonates with folklore (Pontian) tunes and traditional instruments such as the lyre, all elements of ancestral legacy for most of the band’s members.

The band are excited to perform in the Globe Arena in Stockholm because, as they say, they believe in the magnetism and the diversity of their song.

SONG

The song is about a journey and a path to a destination that dawns. We leave from where it is dusk and we travel to a bright sun! Argo (a six member band) will perform on the stage of the Globe Arena, their song features lyrics in Greek, English, and, for the first time, in the Pontian dialect, as most members of the group originate from the Black Sea. It is a composition risen from the Pontic music tradition combined with contemporary hip hop, a modern approach to the difficulties people front, through the eyes of young people who have themselves experienced their own journey.

The song invites people around the world to follow and take part in the dream, which requires effort and perseverance. This is the message, noting the lyric phrase: “join with us, for a utopian land”. Their song is about people coming together to find their land of utopia.

OFFICIAL VIDEO

OPINION

For a song that is about some kind of wonderful Utopian land I am just not feeling thewonderfulness about it. I always like when countries keep their tradiotional sound to their songs but I think this time a lot of people outside of Greece just won’t warm to this song.

PREDICTION

It will be a marginal qualifier at best and will be near the bottom of the leader board if it gets to the final.

LYRICS

We’re the rise in the rising sun

Dance with us and have some fun

We’re the rise in the rising sun

Join with us for a Utopian Land

Planitis Gi dyo chiliades dekaexi

Oti ki an kanoun i genia mas tha t’ antexei

Tin prosfygia tin ezisa mikros

Koitazo piso ma prochorao empros

Skoume to proi – tsatevo ta paidia

Peram’ apsimon kai achpastame sin Outopian

Sa outon kosmon k’ evrame sterea

Pame chalanoume ekes s enan merean

We’re the rise in the rising sun

Dance with us and have some fun

We’re the rise in the rising sun

Join with us for a Utopian Land

Hop hop, temeteron hip hop

Peras eisitiria kai pame sto AirBahal

Dyo oras anamenoume to avrvachal

Vgalo ta stypa kai o Kotson pa evgalen to boukal

Hop, salout parakatha kai potia

Pinoume votkas ki i giagia m’ gavourevei chapsia

St’ aeroplano esevame me t’ achpaston

Ada nychton ki akei pou pame ximeron

We’re the rise in the rising sun

Dance with us and have some fun

We’re the rise in the rising sun

Fight with us for a Utopian Land

Ada nychtonei ki akei pou pame ximeron, ximeron

Ada nychtonei ki akei pou pame ximeron

Ki akei, kia akei pou, ki akei pou pame ximeron

We’re the rise in the rising sun

Dance with us and have some fun

We’re the rise in the rising sun

Fight with us for a Utopian Land

We’re the rise in the rising sun

Dance with us and have some fun

We’re the rise in the rising sun

Fight with us for a Utopian Land

Good luck Argo!

Let me know your thoughts and keep me from going Eurovision mad!

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