In Norway last night, Stella Mwangi creamed the competition and in so doing becomes the first entry we’ve seen this year that has a real shot at winning Eurovision.
The song’s hook is based on an old Swahili saying “Haba na haba hujaza kibaba” (Little by little fills the pot) and talks a lot about “When I’s a little girl my grandma told me…” This cultural mining for positive, family-friendly messages is the stuff that Disney specializes in. The song features harmonies and dance movement that evokes Africa without being too African.
The song is childish and Mwangi isn’t a strong singer. But Mwangi is cute as can be, and “Haba haba” is simple, extremely catchy, and a grower. Watch out.