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Safura
Safura
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Background
Birth name Səfurə Əlizadə
Born September 20, 1992
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation Singer
Instruments Piano, saxophone, violin
Years active 2009 - present
Label Alive Records
Website Official website


Safura Alizadeh is an Azerbaijani singer and saxophonist. Alizadeh took part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010, where she brought Azerbaijan 5th place with the song "Drip Drop". She later released her debut album, It's My War, which made its way into several European countries. Her second debut single "March On" was released in September.

Biography

Early life

Safura Alizadeh's father is a professional painter and her mother is a pianist and a fashion designer. Alizadeh began singing when she was very young and made her first stage appearance at age 6. In the course of her career, she sang in children's bands Sharg Ulduzlari and Bulbullar. Alizadeh took up violin lessons at the Baku Musical School No 2 but later also learned to play the piano and the saxophone. She became the winner of the national contest Yeni Ulduz (Season 8). Since the eighth grade Safura has been studying at the school no. 23 in Baku.
Safura's saxophone playing was praised by composer Farhad Badalbeyli, who described it as brilliant.

Career

Eurovision Song Contest 2010

On 2 March 2010, Alizadeh won the Azerbaijani national final decided by jury and represented Azerbaijan in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010, which was held in Oslo, Norway. Alizadeh performed at the contest with the song "Drip Drop", written by Anders Bagge, Stefan Örn and Sandra Bjurman. Shortly after she performed on the concert in Ukraine and exchanged wishes with Ukrainian performer Vasyl Lazarovych. The video for the song was directed by a well known film director Rupert Wainwright, and choreographed by JaQuel Knight, who worked with Beyoncé and Britney Spears. Knight also designed the choreography of Safura's stage performance in Oslo.
On 1 May 2010, Safura began her promotional tour, and visited Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, and Sweden. On 24 May she visited joint Ukraine—Germany party, attended by Alyosha and Lena Meyer-Landrut. After Meyer-Landrut's performance Safura gave a native Azerbaijani mat for Alyosha and an ancient horse shoe for luck to Lena.
After performing in the Semi-Final of the Eurovision on 27 May 2010 she qualified for the final two days later, where she came in fifth. On May 28, Safura took part in the celebration of Azerbaijan's Republic Day and performed on stage of Eurovision Village.

After Eurovision

The singer performed at the gala hands in Poland in Bydgoszcz Hit Festival with the song Drip Drop. She was placed 5th. She was official spokesperson of televotes for Azerbaijan in Eurovision Song Contest 2011 and 2012.

Personal life

On 5 July 2013, Safura married Farhad Aliyev, son of Azerbaijan's Minister of Industry and Energy of Azerbaijan Republic Natig Aliyev. She joined the ruling New Azerbaijan Party in 2011.

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