Sixteen tracks have come to be reviewed by our esteemed panel of critics who have clearly defined their own personal opinion over a number of notable concerns including technique of the voice, genre of the song and also hit potential amongst other things. The penultimate track in the second semi-final of this years' Eurovision Song Contest is coming from Bosnia & Herzegovina, a successful nation in the music competition whom this year will be represented by the musical stylings of Maya Sar, who just happens to be a very notable name in the music industry of the Balkans. She will be performing the song Korake Ti Znam which has been composed and penned by her husband whose name is Mahir Sarihodžić. Also aiding in the composition is none other than the renowned Adriano Pennino who was the musical director at the Sanremo festival earlier this year.
A supremely talented singer/songwriter, Maya Sar brings passion and depth to her music and performances, including the self-penned song Korake ti znam, which she will perform for Bosnia & Herzegovina in Baku in May. Maya Sar is a songwriter, composer and singer who works with the biggest names from the Balkan region. For many years she has been a member of Dino Merlin's band with whom she performed on stage at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf.
She is the founder of a regional humanitarian project, which helps to fight against cervical cancer Moj je život moja pjesma (My Life Is My Song) and the composer and songwriter of the eponymous song. For this she received the Golden Plaque Of The Great Human Heart by the International League of Humanists. With her first self-penned single "Nespretno", Maya Sar achieved remarkable success and gained the respect of the audience. She composes for other artists in the family studio Long Play with her husband and producer Mahir Sarihodžić and is also finishing her first solo album.
The Critics Voice Their Opinion
- I love these kinds of songs – the Disney ballads. A beautiful song and an amazing voice. Maybe the chorus is a little bit weak. Hard to say how the Eurovision audience will vote. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it makes it through to the finals and with such an assessment, fully deserving of eight (8) points.
- This is a very sensual song and I must say that it is one of the few Balkan entries to have struck a chord with me and apart from that, her vocals are flawless and just beautiful. Like my colleague before me, eight (8) points.
- I adored MayaSar already last year, when she was part of the Bosnian backing group. This year she offers a quite little ballad that might be too soft and introvert to capture the large masses on a first listening. But the ones who listen carefully will be strongly rewarded for doing so. A pearl. Beautiful indeed, nine (9) points.
Performer: Maya Sar
Composer: Maja Sarihodžić
Author: Maja Sarihodžić
Song: Korake Ti Znam
History of the Nation
Next year will be a notable year for Bosnia & Herzegovina in the Eurovision Song Contest as they will be hitting their first milestone by virtue of entering into their twentieth participation. Their history has been nothing short of successful especially in recent years noting that since the millennium, they have managed to reach the top ten six times in total, just missing out on another three or four occasions. Their best result thus far remains to be that achieved by Hari Mata Hari and his song Lejla written by Zeljko Joksimovic who will be representing Serbia this year. Their second best result was achieved last year with Dino Merlin and his track Love In Rewind besting his previous best of seventh place in 1999 when with Beatrice he finishing in seventh place with the track Putnici.
In recent years, the popularity of the Eurovision Song Contest has somewhat been rediscovered and this has been quite noticeable amongst the participating broadcasters who are putting in a lot of effort in terms of presentation as a package incorporating together the artist, the song and its respective showing on stage. One of such countries is surely Bosnia & Herzegovina, a nation known for its internal selections over the years and this year, the nod given to Maya Sar seems to have been a positive choice with many people pointing out her track as a dark horse. In the past couple of days and weeks, she has been busy finalizing her performance for Baku, Azerbaijan but is also promoting her entry in a variety of languages releasing the Italian version of the song yesterday.
This comes to no surprise especially with an English version presented late last week. The original version of the song which will be performed in Azerbaijan is entitled Korake Ti Znam but it has now been translated into The Steps I Know and also I Passi Che Fai. What is quite sublime about the three different languages is that the song works in all three although it somewhat brings out a new edge in the Italian version and it makes you wonder how come Italy did not keep their entry in the language as a whole. Maya Sar will be competing in the second semi-final in the penultimate draw alongside Malta represented by Kurt Calleja who will be performing in position number #4 within the running order. Stay tuned to www.escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.
Source: Maya Sar YouTube, BHRT
Maya Sar who is the representative of Bosnia & Herzegovina for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest with her song ‘Korake ti znam’ which is described as a typical Italian ballad, had shared some info regarding her performance on a Bosnian TV show. She claimed; “The song Korake ti znam is full of emotions and I want to stick to it – I will perform alone on stage in Baku, give a performance without any special effects and try to bring all my emotions to viewers. I hope I will make citizens of B&H proud and that they will appreciate my job”.
She also said that her favourite song from all the other 41 competitors is Ott Lepland’s song ‘Kuula’ which is representing Estonia. She also said that she likes the current hot favourite of the contest; Sweden. And as for the Balkans she said that Željko, Nina, Amadeus and Kaliopi are all special in their own way for the simple reason that they present who they actually are. There will also be an an Italian version of ‘Korake ti znam’ which is to be released very soon as the English version can be seen below. We would like to wish Maya Sar and Bosnia & Herzegovina, the best of luck. They will be competing in the second semi-final with Malta on the 24th of May.
Source: BHRT, ESCDaily