When people think of Kosovo, they probably remember the war-torn country at the end of the 90 years. What they probably don't think about is the fact that in Europe there is no place that can boast more pop-stars per capita than Kosovo.
Kosovo has changed a lot over the years, like said Stefan Van Dijk for Emerging Europe.
In the 2004, the first time the journalist visited Kosovo, most roads did not exist, UN and NATO trucks were omnipresent and Kosovo was not even a state.
In its path of evolution, it has certainly not helped the role of Serbia: the latter has actively exerted pressure not to recognize the independence of Kosovo, and not to 'enroll' the nation in world organizations such as UEFA, FIFA, the Olympics and UN. Trying to frame Kosovo as a land full of criminals and Muslim extremists was easy, since nobody could really see what was really happening.
But those who have been there can do so and will certainly be able to witness one thing: Kosovo is a charming country, with beautiful mountains, extremely safe roads and incredibly hospitable people. In recent years the country has changed a lot: it has become, first and foremost, a republic, motorways have been built, international companies have decided to invest in the country.
So many things have changed, but the hospitality of the people - like their pro-Western position - has always remained the same. No Balkan country is as pro-EU as Kosovo, and probably no people in the world and as pro-American as the Kosovars. And, perhaps, this is also the reason why it produces so many pop stars.
Dua Lipa , for example, was in first place in the pop charts for over ten weeks. It is a perfect example of the positive atmosphere of the capital Prishtina, combined with a Western attitude (it grew in the United Kingdom).
Another singer, also originally from Prishtina, holds the greatest number of successes in his country, or Rita Ora.
And because Will Smith chose Era Istrefi as a partner in the official song of the world cup, there are currently three Kosovo singers on the pop charts.
Not bad for a country of only 1,8 million inhabitants, right?