dihaj Eqini Aag Sal

At the beginning of the December Azerbaijan’s Ictimai TV announced that she’d sing at Eurovision 2017 in Kyiv.

And last week Diana Hajiyeva — the front-woman of the experimental pop group DiHaj — gave us a hint of what she and her band might deliver with the release of their latest single “Esqini Asagi Sal”.

Literally translating as “Lower Your Love” in English, the avant-garde track comes with an edgy music video that highlights, and at times spears, the many ways people demonstrate their love for one another — from washing a man’s feet to throwing money at a woman to inking the name of one’s beloved on various body parts.

It’s playful and cheeky just a tad rebellious. Very DiHaj!

“Esqini Asagi Sal” — DIHAJ

As all you super sleuths will have noticed, it’s not Diana acting in the video, but instead the Copenhagen-based Azeri actress Nigar Samadzade.

Instead, she and her band act as musical narrators, empowering all people to put their own swerve on matters from love to independence.

“The thing that opens the boy’s wings is his stubbornness,” she sings. “Don’t pluck your eyebrows, kith and kind are looking at you.”

Describing her latest track, Diana said:

This song is about love. We all do love in many ways and most of the times perceive constant things completely differently. The main task is to stay true to yourself and expel judgement.

Uran, one of the most popular rappers in Azerbaijan, wrote the lyrics to the song. That’s helped drive interest in the tune on social media, and led to a wide range of comments on YouTube from “This is psycho!” to “I’m falling about laughing!” to “Finally, something new!”

What is the track making YOU say? Do you want DiHaj to rock up to Eurovision with a song like this? Let us know in the comments box below.

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Mark Beckenbreur
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Mark Beckenbreur

I’m not commenting this.

PP
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PP

I think Azerbaijan with this singer and this kind of song wili have good chance for stay in semi for the first time. Only if swedish authors write Miracle song for Dihaj or juries push Azerbaijan in final and votes from ex soviet and some countries frome eastern Europe like Hungary, Croatia who gave Azerbaijan in past many points from televote.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

It’s very new, musically. It won’t win at Eurovision right now, but it might “turn heads” – definitely a genre worth considering for making a point of some kind.

Erasmus
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Erasmus

Hey Kimmm, no you got me wrong I was just saying that I love Dihaj as a Singer, but in this song she didn’t convince me. I love some variety, like duos, trios, groups, band anything… I was just reffering to her as a singer, but yeah I wasn’t considering that she will be performing with a band, sorry for a misunderstanding!:)

Ayten Jamo
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Ayten Jamo

*drummer husband

Ayten Jamo
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Ayten Jamo

Dear Kimmm, I think people might be right about this confusion. Because Ictimai TV (one of the most unprofessional organisations) has not revealed yet if Diana as a sole singer will represent us?Or will her husband drummer and guitarist friend be going to share responsibility?!
But I agree with opinion of yours that obsession with female singers around the world. My thought below was to explain the real meaning of the song and to point that DiHaj was actually appeared in this video.

Kimmm
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Kimmm

Ayten Jamo this is the problem here, people here are obsessed with solo female singers, that they dont see, that Azerbaijan will be represented by the band. Watch comment by Erasmus. He thinks that Dihaj = Diana. They want 43 solo female singers every year.

Erasmus
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Erasmus

As much as I love Diana, this is not a good song… But I love all the other songs of her, hope that song like this won’t be send to Kyiv…

Ayten Jamo
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Ayten Jamo

Yes, thank you dear William. I just wanted to emphasize the song is not only about love and actually there are much more things. And DiHaj is shot in the second part of the video as a whole group.

William Lee Adams
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Hi Ayten Jamo. We are saying the same things in different ways — the author says she “spears” (aka makes fun of) some traditions, and that the video is cheeky and rebellious.

Ayten Jamo
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Ayten Jamo

Dear publisher, it seems you are a little bit misinformed about overall song. The song wants to depict the azerbaijani cultural and social side of love and its expectations for both men and women exaggeratedly, with humor.As you see manners are rude, dresses are awful, the atmosphere of the environment is disgusting, lyrics are ambiguous. And from the beginning of the bridge in the song Diana(as a bride) and his husband Ali (groom) is also drummer guy of the D?HAJ, the guy Anar with the candle is the guitarist of the group are shot on this video as well. The… Read more »

an esc fan
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an esc fan

” the many ways people demonstrate their love for one another ”
I see no love in this video, only violence and zoo philia.

MarioMario
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It seems like Azerbaijan wants to take a risk for once.

dihajjj
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dihajjj

WOW its fantastic. Hope to see the whole band with their experimental music in Kyiv. Not to use only Diana with Swedish song. We dont wanna still the same, we want to see new movements in ESC. If they will not sent them completely, it will be huge fail because who cares more about Azerbaijani singers with Swedish songs? Azerbaijan needs to find a new way.

Ruud Buscher
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Ruud Buscher

It’s terrible. Let it be the opposite for Eurovision please…