Recently it was announced that Samira Efendi would represent Azerbaijan at Eurovision this year, and now we know that she will perform the song Cleopatra at Eurovision. At Eurovision, she will also be known as Efendi.
The song was written by Luuk van Beers, Alan Roy Scott and Sarah Lake, and was produced together with Tony Cornelissen. The song features three traditional Azerbaijani instruments, the Oud, Balaban and Tar.
About her song, Efendi says, ‘Cleopatra is a song about trusting your gut instinct, standing up for yourself and being a “queen” – even when things get tough and especially if someone betrays or hurts you. It is truly a song about freedom, a celebration of all cultures and all sexualities and it’s a song that is meant to inspire people to be who they are and to be proud of themselves – just as Cleopatra was. She was a queen who went through love, heartbreak, and betrayal, but she stood up for herself and is now remembered as an icon of strength and femininity.’
Listen to the song below: