Portugal is gearing up their preparations for Festival da Canção 2023. As artists look ahead to the national final, which begins on February 25th, Rory speaks to MoYah. He is vying to represent Portugal in Liverpool with his song “Too Much Sauce”.
Check out our interview with MoYah here!
Together, MoYah and Rory talk about the meaning behind his song “Too Much Sauce”. He also recounts his hope to represent the refugee community, his memories of Festival da Canção, and how he almost didn’t make it into the competition. He also offers a message to his newfound international listeners.
If you are interested in learning about some of the other Festival da Canção acts this year, check out our interview with SAL.
MoYah is a singer and rapper, born in Mozambique and currently based in the UK. MoYah was born in the midst of the civil war in Mozambique and relocated to Lisbon, Portugal where he was raised. Getting into the music scene, MoYah fuses high-energy Afrobeat genres and sounds with deep lyrics highlighting refugees and interfaith dialogue. He has also performed across various TV stations across the world including the BBC and Al Jazeera. His entry into Festival da Canção – “Too Much Sauce” – was written by MoYah himself, alongside Kensaye and Miguel Gutierrez.
Portugal’s Eurovision Journey
Portugal debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest with António Calvário’s “Oração” in 1964. Since then, Portugal has participated in the competition 53 times – appearing the final 44 times. Their only win in the competition came in 2017 with Salvador Sobral, performing his heart-wrenching song “Amar Pelos Dois”.
Portugal’s most recent participation was with MARO with the song “saudade, saudade”. MARO managed to qualify for the Grand Final and once there, she finished 9th, after receiving 207 points from the jury and the televote.
What do you think of our interview with MoYah? Do you think “Too Much Sauce” could represent Portugal in Liverpool? As always, let us know what you think by commenting below. Also, be sure to follow “That Eurovision Site” on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tiktok as we prepare for Eurovision 2023!
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Photo Credit: MoYah