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A screenshot from Bashar Murad's video to Wild West
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Murad Unveils “Wild West” Video Ahead of Song Contest Finals

The Palestinian musician Bashar Murad premiered his music video for “Wild West” earlier this week. The song is Murad’s entry for Iceland’s Song Contest, and he will be performing at the Song Contest finals this Saturday.

A “journey from Palestine to Iceland”

The Palestinian singer-songwriter Bashar Murad premiered the music video for his song Wild West at Kex Hostel in downtown Reyjavík on Monday. The video, which took four weeks to make, was also released on YouTube yesterday. The video was directed by Baldvin Vernharðsson and produced by Fannar Ingi Friðþjófsson.

Wild West is Bashar’s entry in Iceland’s Song Contest — Söngvakeppnin, an annual music competition determining the country’s representative for Eurovision — and he will be among the contestants vying for a spot at this year’s Eurovision in the Song Contest finals this Saturday.

In addition to releasing the video, Bashar also published a brief statement about the song, the music video, and his hope of winning Eurovision for Iceland: “Wild West is about the desire to escape and experience everything the world has to offer. The song is about my journey from Palestine to Iceland, which started as a small idea but became a reality thanks to my collaboration with my Icelandic family,” Bashar was quoted as saying.

“Growing up, it would have meant a lot to me to see a Palestinian standing on the Eurovision stage,” Bashar continued, “but we haven’t had the opportunity to showcase our culture, beauty, history, and community. Therefore, I am grateful to Iceland for giving me this opportunity now, and I hope to bring Eurovision to Reykjavík in 2025.”

The 2024 Song Contest finals will be broadcast live from the Laugardalshöll Arena this Saturday, March 2.

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