Playing a Dutch exotic dancer and courtesan isn’t always a straightforward process — especially when you’re working with a sea of dancers, countless lights, and massive cameras. But Efendi — Azerbaijan’s Eurovision 2021 star — managed to pull it all together for her Eurovision 2021 music video.
In the one-minute clip that follows, you’ll see some of the other faces that helped give the video life — from directors and choreographers to make-up artists and sound technicians. You’ll see these various experts tending to some minute details — from pinning the back of Efendi’s outfit to straightening dancers’ hair.
Behind-the-scenes on Efendi’s “Mata Hari” music video
In the music video Efendi takes on the role of seductress, recounting the story of how Mata Hari supposedly used her wiles and charm to gain secret information from high-ranking French officials. Efendi mentions these details from the start, singing “I’m a spy, I uncover all of your secrets, I want them.” She also defers to Mata Hari’s method of espionage as the “playing the game of desire… would you fall for me now?”
Efendi has previously made it clear that she wanted to offer a vision of strength for women all over the world. On the day she revealed her music video, she said:
“It is very important to talk about strong women in order to remind our beautiful ladies that despite the fact that we still live in a world full of prejudices, a woman can do anything and female power cannot be compared with anything.”
“And if suddenly you do not have enough inspiration now, let the stories of strong women in history become the source of that very charge of energy with which you can cope with everything and achieve even bigger success. There is a queen in each of us and I want to remind you that it’s time to release her.”
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