Eldar Qasimov has evolved. Yes, he won Eurovision 2011 with Nigar Jamal, and brought the contest to Baku. But he isn’t resting on his laurels. Last year he teamed up with Aligee and dropped a fabulous summer dance anthem, “I’m Free”. When I caught up with him in Malmö, he brought his fun side to the interview and applauded my efforts in reprising his winning song with Nikki. Although he isn’t one to bang out album after album, so far all his releases both in English and Russian have been the hallmark of dance quality. He makes me move!
His new single “Angels” is set for release in his home country, as well as Georgia, Ukraine and Russia. As I write this, he’s filming his music video. Good idea as this tune could do with a general release: it’s got the potential to go down well in international markets. Qasimov has been signed by one of the largest record labels in Ukraine, which has produced artists such as Ivan Dorn, Alexander Rybak, and Ani Lorak to mention a few.
When I asked Qasimov’s management team to explain the meaning of the song they didn’t flinch.
Everyone can be an angel. When our soul finds the courage to rise above the vanity, the sky gives us wings, which we can protect our loved ones, relatives, friends. Contrary to the belief, angels walk the earth around us. They deserve to be written about. I’m sure everyone has their angel. For someone it’s a mom or dad, friends, for someone it’s a loved one. I very much hope that the song ‘Angels’ will mean something special and irreplaceable for some of you.
Unfortunately for the average listener, “Angels” is just another Russian pop song. Yes, it takes me to the dance floor and may well keep me there. But it’s not going to take me higher.