A charming new release in Albania is Nostalgji (Nostalgia) by Kastriot Tusha & Dorina Plaku. Kastriot is a famous tenor vocalist in Albania and Dorina is a versatile and super talented singer, who has released several singles and videos, and competed in the Festivali i Këngës in 2009, also several times at Top Fest. She was also on the stage as part of the Albanian team in Moscow in 2009 with Kejsi Tola.
Nostalgji showcases the vocal talents of both Kastriot and Dorina and the song is performed with lots of emotion. The video is well produced by DArt Com and is released on You Tube through ArkivaShqip.
You can see the official video for Nostalgji below.
Olta Boka has returned with a brand new single and video for the summer of 2016 entitled Rri edhe pak (Stay a bit more). Olta is seen riding a motorbike through the country and then racing against a guy in a 4 wheel drive vehicle.
Rri edhe pak has a very strong production a suits Olta’s silky and clear vocals. The song is perfect for the summer. It is composed by Irkenc Hyka and Olti Curri.
Olta represented Albania at the 2008 Eurovision Song Contes with her song Zemrën e lamë peng.
Mishela Rapo was a popular contestant at the 2015 Junior Eurovision Song Contest where she represented Albania with her song Dambaje. She finished in very respectable fifth place.
Mishela has just performed the classic song I Will Survive (originally recorded by Gloria Gaynor) at a Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2016 at Universitetin Epoka in Albania. She gave a confident performance on the stage and her vocals were very strong. I am sure we will see a lot more of Mishela in the future.
Mishela also recently performed on stage together with last year’s JESC winner, Destiny Chukunyere from Malta, at the Festivali 54 i Femijeve interval. It was the festival to decide this year’s song for Albania at Junior Eurovision.
The OGAE Second Chance Contest 2016 kicked off on 1st of June and members of OGAE Rest of the World can still vote! We are now at the halftime – the deadline for send your vote is 30/06/2016 midnight CET.
To vote, you have to rate all the entries, giving them a point between 0 and 5, except the song No. 9 which represents Rest of the World (and of course, Hungary), so if you rate it, it doesn’t count…
We ask you to send your votes to firstname.lastname@example.org until the deadline. If you vote, you’ll earn 10 points for 2017 Ticket List.
Here’s the playlist of this year’s 23 competitors:
01 Belgium I’m not lost Tom Frantzis 02 Belarus My universe NAPOLI 03 Ukraine Helpless The Hardkiss 04 Albania Liroje Zemrën Besa Krasniqi 05 Malta Golden Brooke 06 UK Shine a little light Bianca 07 Lithuania Leading me home Erica Jennings 08 Italy Cieli immensi Patty Pravo 09 Rest Of the World (Hungary) Who we are Kállay Saunders Band 10 Sweden Save me Wiktoria 11 Denmark Never Alone Anja Nissen 12 Austria I’ll be around Elly V 13 Latvia We will be stars MyRadiantU 14 Switzerland Half a smile Vincent Gross 15 Norway Laika The Hungry Hearts 16 Slovenia Črno bel Raiven 17 Estonia Supersonic Laura 18 Finland On it goes Mikael Saari 19 Israel Somebody out there Ella Daniel 20 Romania Behind the shadows Florena 21 Poland Cool me down Margaret 22 Germany Mystery of a blood red rose Avantasia 23 Spain La vida sólo es una María Isabel
Eneda Tarifa won the Festivali i Këngës back in December 2015 with Përrallë. Now for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest Eneda will sing in English and the title of the song is Fairytale. It is composed by Olsa Toqi.
You can see the official video for Fairytale below.
Onanta Spahiu recently was a special guest at the Miss & Mister Pavaresia 2016 beauty competition in Albania. There she performed her top rated single Touch Me. A song that is perfect for the summer beaches and clubs.
The beauty contest proved there is even more talent in the Spahiu family where Onanta’s sister, Kejdi, took the Miss Freedom of Albania 2016 title.
Onanta has participated in the Albanian Festivali i Këngës competition for Eurovision in 2009 and 2010 and has also taken part in the Top Fest contest on several occasions. We look forward to hearing more from Onanta and her music in the near future.
You can see the official video of Onanta’s Touch Me below.
Orgesa Zaimi participated in the recent 54th edition of Festivali i Këngës (the Eurovision national selection) in Albania. Her song was entitled Një shishe në oqean (A bottle in the ocean). Now Orgesa has released the official video to accompany her song which is beautifully produced and orchestrated and perfectly performed.
Orgesa is no stranger to the Eurovision stage. She was with the Albanian team on stage in Moscow in 2009 with Kejsi Tola and her entry, Carry Me In Your Dreams. She has also participated in many festivals including Top Fest and Kenga Magjike in Albania.
You can see the video for Një shishe në oqean below.