Spotlight on: Portugal

May 20, 2021

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Artist Profile

Artist: The Black Mamba (
Pedro Tatanka, Miguel Casais, Marco Pombinho, Rui Pedro “Pity” Vaz, Guilherme “Gui” Salgueiro)

Formed: 2010

Hometown: Portugal

Selection Method: Winner of Festival da Canção 2021

Song: Love Is On My Side

Composer: Pedro Tatanka

Producer: João André, The Black Mamba

Eurovision Result: 12th Place

The Black Mamba are a Portuguese soul band that will represent Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, after winning Festival da Canção 2021.

It is written by the lead vocalist of the band, Pedro Tatanka, and will be the first Portuguese song in the contest to be performed entirely in English.

Song Lyrics

Left home when I was only sweet sixteen
Chasing blind love and a bunch of broken dreams
Don’t know how I thought I’d be a queen
I could do anything
And somehow I end up here, I don’t know why
I still believe that

Love is on my side
Love is on my side
Love is on my side
Maybe not tonight

I can feel it when it rains
I can feel it still runnin’ through my veins
Ran so fast I couldn’t even grow
Forgot where I belong
Sold my body on a dirty cold floor
Yet, I believe that
I believe that

Love is on my side
Love is on my side
Love is on my side
My side

Oh, maybе not tonight
(Love is on my side) Love is
(Lovе is on my side) Love is, love is
(Love is on my side) Love is on my side

Maybe not tonight

Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest

Debut: 1964

Appearances: 51

Finals: 42

Best Result: 1st (2017)

Top 10:

1971 – Tonicha – Menina do alto da serra, 9th Place

1972 – Carlos Mendes – A festa da vida, 7th Place

1979 – Manuela Bravo – Sobe, sobe, balão sobe, 9th Place

1980 – José Cid – Um grande, grande amor, 7th Place

1991 – Dulce Pontes – Lusitana paixão, 8th Place

1994 – Sara Tavares – Chamar a música, 8th Place

1996 – Lúcia Moniz – O meu coração não tem cor, 6th Place

2017 – Salvador Sobral – Amar pelos dois”, 1st Place

Marcel Benzençon Awards:

2008 – Press Award

2017 – Artistic Award, Composer Award

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