Morocco’s only ever Eurovision representative, Samira Said, has been enjoying something of a renaissance lately. Her 2013 comeback single, “Mazal”, was a monster hit with a suitably over the top video. This earned her several World Music Award nominations, of which she won the gong for best selling Moroccan artist.
Now, in a further sign of her renewed star wattage, she has released “A Sense Of Safety”, the theme tune for “Seeret Hob (Love Story)” a major new Arabic tv drama.
Those expecting “Mazal” levels of sass will be severely disappointed. Heck, even her last single, the light as fluff “Elly Benna”, had more attitude. This is a plain and simple, old fashioned ballad. It sounds as if it could have been released at any point over the past 30 years and can only be described as dated and dull. Although to be fair to Samira, the tv show is being broadcast to coincide with Ramadan, the Islamic holy festival. Consequently, the conservative nature of the song is understandable.
Thankfully, this appears to be a one off rather than a new direction. Just last month she signed a new three year record deal which will see her work with Muhsin Tizaf once again, the man behind both her previous singles. So let’s ignore this blip, and relive the fabulousity of “Mazal” instead.
Photo: Samira Said Facebook