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Efendi

About

Quick Facts

Name
Samirə Əfəndiyeva

Born
17 april 1991

Nationality
🇦🇿 Azerbaijani

National Selection
Internal Selection

In Eurovision
2021 Rotterdam
2020 Rotterdam (Cancelled)

Song
Mata Hari (2021)
Cleopatra (2020)

Biography

Samira Efendi is an Azerbaijani singer, born in Baku. Since 1994, she had been a soloist of the Children’s Philharmonic under the direction of Ogtay Zulfugarov. In 2001 he entered the children’s music school in Baku, and in 2006 she graduated. In 2006, she entered the Asaph Zeynalli College of Music within the National Conservatory. Three years later, she took part in the talent show Yeni Ulduz. In 2014, she was a finalist in talent show Böyuk Sehne. As a soloist she participated in the BakuProject. She also participated in the national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2015, she participated n a concert program dedicated to the European Games in Azerbaijan. She reached the final of The Voice of Azerbaijan in 2016. In the same year she participated in the Belarusian Youth Festival in Shamkir. She successfully represented Azerbaijan at the International Jazz Festival in Alanya, Turkey and gave a solo concert at the Yarat Contemporary Art Center. She performed at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Azerbaijan Volleyball Championship. In 2016, she sang a song called “Sürət”, compiled by Tunzale Agaeva for Formula 1. In 2017, she changed her performance name into Samira Efendi. In Baku she sang “Hello Baki” for the Islamic Solidarity Games. In 2017, a a song and video “Ya Tantsuyu / Dance” was released in Ukraine. She travelded to Bucharest, Romania, for another project. It became the song “Tocame”, a duet with Seeya. In the same year, she represented Azerbaijan in the SilkWayStar contest in Almaty, Kazakhstan. In 2018, she gave a concert in Moscow.
In 2020, Samira Efendi was chosen to represent Azerbaijan in the Eurovision Song Contest. Unfortunately that didn’t happen, due to the cancellation of the contest. Azerbaijani tv announced her as the 2021 Eurovision representative. She sang the song “Mata Hari” in the contest. The song caught attention of the mayor of Leeuwarden and the commisioner of the King in Friesland, where Mata Hari originates from. They gave a voting advice in favour of Azerbaijan. Her alleged blossoming love with the Norwegian contestant TIX also attracted a lot of attention.

Entries

Mata Hari

Country
🇦🇿 Azerbaijan

Year
2021

Language
🇬🇧 English

Lyrics and music
Amy van der Wel
Luuk van Beers
Tony Cornelissen
Josh Earl

Backings
Veronika Volosova
Alexandra Golosnichenko
Adeline Deli
Alina Lee

Results Semi

Points: 138
Position: 8
Running order: 14

Results Finals

Points: 65
Position: 20
Running order: 21

Cleopatra

Country
🇦🇿 Azerbaijan

Year
2021

Language
English

Lyrics and music
Luuk van Beers
Alan Roy Scott
Sarah Lake

Composers
Luuk van Beers
Alan Roy Scott
Sarah Lake

Backing Vocals

Results Semi

Points: –
Position: –
Running order: –

Results Finals

Points: –
Position: –
Running order: –

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