Tim had the opportunity to talk to Blacci, who is competing in this year’s Festival da Canção with the song “Mar No Fim”. They discuss the inspiration behind the song and the writing process, the place the song holds amongst Blacci’s music, and her plans for future music releases.
Name a fun fact about yourself that not many people know about.
I love to dance even though I am not very good at it…
You are one of the artists who were invited by RTP to participate in this year’s competition. What was your reaction when RTP gave you this opportunity?
I was extremely happy by the opportunity, it’s such an honor to be participating, and also very exciting!!
You will be participating in this year’s edition of Festival da Canção, with the song “Mar No Fim”. Could you tell us a bit more about the song and the creative process behind it?
“Mar no Fim” is a song I had just started writing before knowing I was participating. My best friend, Bela, passed away and I was devastated and also in a phase of self reflection about death, about love and missing her. So I started writing the song alone with my ukulele in my bedroom, about her, about the emptiness in my heart, about all the love that at the time I didn’t know where to put. But also about the healing process of losing someone, and the cycle of life.
Looking through the music that you have released so far, you’ve released more upbeat songs. However, when it comes to your FdC entry, you have gone in a different direction to what you would normally release. What made you go in this different direction for the competition?
It was the most special song I had ever written and I felt this was the right moment to release it, and honor my best friend and also, create a safe space to everyone that has lost someone .
What does “Mar No Fim” mean to you?
Mar no fim means the sea at end, in the context of the song it’s when the sun always sets in the sea, like the cycle of life. It’s about acceptance of this faith that every living thing on earth has, and none of us comprehend it yet.
When the audiences watch your performance on Festival da Canção, how do you think the audiences would feel?
I can only hope whoever identifies themselves with losing someone finds a moment of peace and love for the ones that passed away. Remember the good memories, that will forever be ours.
What can we expect from your performance in this year’s Festival da Canção?
My performance is going to have a few surprises, I am going to try to represent my feelings and the different phases of grief the best I can .
What would it mean to you, if you were given the chance to represent Portugal at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest in Turin?
I would be extremely grateful, and I would give my all. Also it would be a big step culturally because I am Luso-Brazilian, so I think it would be breaking some cultural barriers and it would be an amazing sign of the union of our Portuguese speaking countries.
What are some of the Eurovision songs, which you will add to your music library?
It’s hard to pick, but the ones that come to my mind first would be Fado Bicha’s “Povo Pequenino”, Maro “Saudade” , Syro “Ainda nos Temos”.
Other than your participation at Festival da Canção this year, what are your place? Will you be releasing further music?
I am working on my EP’s currently, to start introducing myself to the world in a way singles can’t . I am very excited for my future projects.
Is there anything you would like to say to your fans over at ‘That Eurovision Site’
Thank you so much for learning a bit more about me and I hope you have fun, that is the most important thing ❤️ wish you all peace and health.
At just 20 years old, Blacci is one of the youngest songwriters competing at part of this year’s Festival da Canção. She was invited by RTP to participate in the competition. Her major releases prior to her selection include the singles “Loko” and “Vou Te Amar”, the latter of which was a collaboration with Murta.
She will compete at Festival da Canção with the song “Mar No Fim” in the second semi-final on 7th March 2022.
Portugal’s Eurovision Journey
Portugal debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest with António Calvário’s “Oração” in 1964. Since then, Portugal has participated in the competition 52 times – appearing the final 43 times. Their only win in the competition came in 2017 with Salvador Sobral, performing his heart-wrenching song “Amar Pelos Dois”.
Portugal’s most recent participation was with The Black Mamba with the song “Love Is On My Side” – the first song Portugal sent in the English language. The Black Mamba managed to qualify for the Grand Final finishing 12th, after receiving 153 points from the jury and the televote.
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