Samra is back with a brand new song entitled Queen. The track is stylish and upbeat and radio friendly.
Queen is composed by Erik Dahlqvist, Dino Medanhodzic and Johanna Jansson. The mix and mastering is by Dino Medanhodzic and the project producer is Ilaha Baxshiyeva. The graphic design and motion is thanks to Amal Alili / BEAT Group. The mastering for music platforms is by Rustam Rzayev / BEAT Group.
The song, Queen, is available to purchase or stream via most digital stores.
Samra represented Azerbaijan at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest with the anthemic Miracle.
The 2016 Pinkove Zvezde kids tv talent show broadcast Serbia, FYR Macedonia and Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Balkans has discovered some gems this year. Martija Stanojković was on the show and has been selected to represent FYR Macedonia at the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Malta in November. She finished in the runner up position including performing a charming version of the song Vlak.
However, there were also outstanding singers like Elena Bimbiloska, from FYR Macedonia, who included in her songs an amazing performance of Crno i belo (Kaliopi – 2012 ESC FYR Macedonia). The winner of the show was Marko Bošnjak from Prozor-Rama in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Another fine Macedonia singer in the show was Antonia Gigovska. She performed Vrati mi go sonceto and gave a confident and classy show. Finally, we have to look at Darija Vračević from Belgrade in Serbia. She sang Brazil (Bebi Dol – 1991 ESC Yugoslavia). This performance was adorable and full of charm.
You can see performances from Pinkove Zvedze from the artists mentioned below.
Malta recently held a national selection to find their competitor for the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest on their home ground on 20 November. 20 finalists took part performing a cover version song. The winning act was 13 years old, Christina Magrin, who performed a marvellous version of the Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand hit, No More Tears. Voting was 75% jury and 25% televoting.
The 20 finalists and cover songs were –
Miguel Bonello – Fifth Element, Diva Dance Kira Copperstone – Listen Dylan Curmi – See You Again Francesca Dimech – Dear Future Husband Layla Fitouri – And I Am Telling You Fusion – In Love With A Monster Francesca Grima – Titanium Krista Hili – Glitter And Gold Rachel Lowell – I Surrender Kaylie Magri – When We Were Young Christina Magrin – No More Tears Eila Mangion – Listen Cledia Micallef – Bring Him Home Alexia Micallef – The Silence Luana Mifsud – Wrecking Ball Veronica Rotin – I Will Always Love You Justine Shorfid – I’d Rather Go Blind Lisa-Marie Tabone – At Last Mariah-Nicola Vella – All I Ask Chanelle Zarb – Hollow
The song for Christina for the 2016 JESC will be announced at a later date. In the meantime you can see her perform No More Tears below.
For the first time there is a new festival in Baku, Azerbaijan featuring many Russian and Azeri singers including many acts from Eurovision. It was a two day event held at the Sea Breeze recreation centre. The organisers of the event were international recording artists from Azerbaijan, Emin (he performed during the interval at the Eurovision final in Baku in 2012), Grigory Leps and Sergey Kozhevnikov (both stars from Russia).
Amongst the acts to grace the Zhara Fest stage were Polina Gagarina (2015 ESC Russia), Ani Lorak (2008 ESC Ukraine), Alexey Vorobyov (2011 ESC Russia), Tomas N’Evergreen (2010 ESC Denmark), Svetlana Laboda (2009 ESC Ukraine), Filip Kirkorov (1995 ESC Russia) and Samra (2016 ESC Azerbaijan).