GREECE – Samira Efendi might have ranked 20th in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, but her song MATA HARI has become viral on Greek social media for a month now.
CLEOPATRA singer arrived in Greece alongside other Eurostars not only to enjoy the Greek sun, which will actually “burn” the entire country as of today, due to heatwave arriving in the region, but she will also perform at MAD VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS 2021.
She will not be alone on stage, as MAD VMAs are planning all live performances in duets with other artists. Samira will not be joining someone who’s not familiar with Eurovision, as Josephine was chosen to be her partner on the night of June 25th at Technopolis, Gazi.
Together will perform the long MATA HARI and some already think if this is a test performance for a potential Josephine venture in Eurovision 2022 either for Greece (mostly) or Cyprus (unlikely).
This morning, Efendi was invited to perform at EUTIXEITE, the top Greek TV morning show which usually rates above 18% for the entire season, despite aired via one of the minor commercial broadcasters in Greece, OPEN BEYOND TV.
Team oikotimes was of course there and brings you exclusive footage from what happened in the studio.
In the short interview followed in the TV show and later on oikotimes (the video will be available tonight) it was clear by the singer and her team that no TIX questions were allowed!
We are grateful for permission and therefore we have to thank Barking Well Media and Themis Mallis for arranging this.
ABOUT THE SONG
The song “Mata Hari” is inspired by the story of a strong, independent woman in history.
Mata Hari was a Dutch girl who learned how to dance and capture the attention of people all around Europe. She was considered a spy during the First World War. She learned about a lot of secrets that helped her survive in a cruel and men dominated world. Mata Hari did not break down in front of life circumstances and found various ways to survive. She persevered and always came out stronger than before. With the odds stacked against her, she showed real strength and wit. This is why we still tell her story until this day.
The song is about the power of women, who captivate you with their poise, who surprise you with their endless strength, and who move you in mysterious ways. Women in society are habitually associated with tenderness, care and weakness, but for some of them, life has prepared cruel lessons that not every man can handle.
They have tremendous fortitude, are not afraid to take risks and are certainly ahead of their time. They delight, fascinate, overturn consciousness and history as a whole.
“It is very important to talk about strong women in order to remind our beautiful ladies that despite the fact that we still live in a world full of prejudices, a woman can do anything and female power cannot be compared with anything. And if suddenly you do not have enough inspiration now, let the stories of strong women in history become the source of that very charge of energy with which you can cope with everything and achieve even bigger success. There is a queen in each of us and I want to remind you that it’s time to release her”, – said Efendi.
The song includes ethnic motives with Azerbaijani traditional instruments such as a wind instrument zurna, drum nagara and the rhythms of the Azerbaijani folk dance yalli.
One line of the song is in Azerbaijani “Yalan da men yanan da men yaman da men”, which means “I am the liar, the one who puts the heart and soul into falsehood but in the very end the person who is accused in all troubles”.
In the Azerbaijani language, there is an expression “yanan da mən, yaman da mən”, which a person uses about himself/herself, when worries and relates to something or someone with all his heart, but in the end turns out to be guilty. In Efendi’s song, the authors added “yalan da mən” to this expression, which means “I am a lie by my own, a liar”, using the spy nature of Mata Hari.