Spotlight on: Azerbaijan

May 18, 2021

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Artist Profile

Artist: Samira Efendiyeva (Efendi)

Date of Birth: 17 April 1991

Hometown: Baku, Azerbaijan

Selection Method: Internal Selection

Song: Mata Hari

Composer: Amy van der Wel, Luuk van Beers, Tony Cornelissen, Josh Earl

Lyrics: 

Producer: Luuk van Beers, Tony Cornelissen

Eurovision Result: 20th Place

Efendi is an Azerbaijani singer who gained popularity in her home country after participating in the singing competitions Yeni Ulduz (2009), Böyük Səhnə (2014) and The Voice of Azerbaijan (2015-2016, third place). In 2017, she was the Azerbaijani representative in the international singing competition Silk Way Star, staged in Almaty, Kazakhstan, finishing in third place. Efendi represented her country again at the Voice of Nur-Sultan festival held in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan in 2019.


On 28 February 2020, the Azerbaijani broadcaster İTV announced that Efendiyeva had been internally selected to represent Azerbaijan in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, held in Rotterdam, Netherlands.[2] However, on March 18, 2020, the event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On 20 March 2020, Efendi announced on her Instagram account that she will represent Azerbaijan at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 after the cancellation of 2020 contest. She will sing “Mata Hari” in Rotterdam, which premiered on 15 March 2021.

Song Lyrics

Mata Hari

I’m a godless spy
I’ma spy, I uncover
All of your secrets, I want them
There’s no stopping me now
I’m a liar
Playing the game of desire
Ain’t gonna leave no survivors
Would you fall for me now?

Just like Cleopatra (Aah-aah)
The army of lovers
I start a fire
Yalan da mən, yanan da mən, yaman da mən

Ma-Ma-Ma-Mata Hari
Mata Hari
(Ma-ma-ma-ma, ma-ma-ma-ma)
(Ma-ma-ma-ma) Ma-Ma-Ma-Mata Hari
Mata Hari
(Ma-ma-ma-ma, ma-ma-ma-ma)
(Ma-ma-ma-ma, ma-ma-ma-ma)
Mata Hari

Undercover
I am a dangerous lover
Drinking my poisonous water
And you’re under my spell
Mesmerizing
Moving my hips, you are trying
You can’t resist, try to fight it
Got a story to tell

Just like Cleopatra (Aah-aah)
The army of lovers
I start a fire
Yalan da mən, yanan da mən, yaman da mən

Ma-Ma-Ma-Mata Hari
Mata Hari
(Ma-ma-ma-ma, ma-ma-ma-ma)
(Ma-ma-ma-ma) Ma-Ma-Ma-Mata Hari
Mata Hari
(Ma-ma-ma-ma, ma-ma-ma-ma)
(Ma-ma-ma-ma, ma-ma-ma-ma)
Mata Hari

Azerbaijan in the Eurovision Song Contest

Debut: 2008

Appearances: 12

Finals: 11

Best Result: 1st (2011)

Top 10:

2008 – Elnur & Samir – Day After Day, 8th Place

2009 – Aysel & Arash – Always, 3rd Place

2010 – Safura – Drip Drop, 5th Place

2011 – Ell & Nikki – Running Scared, 1st Place

2012 – Sabina Sabayeva – When The Music Dies, 4th Place

2013 – Farid Mammadov – Hold Me, 2nd Place

2019 – Chingiz – Truth, 8th Place

Marcel Benzençon Awards:

2012 – Press Award

2013 – Artistic Award

Are you loving Mata Hari? Which Azerbaijan song is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below!

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