"The Grammy Awards ceremony, one of the most important music awards in the world, spoke Albanian"
this is how the service dedicated to Kosovo begins, the homeland of pop stars, the 24 February broadcast in the broadcast EstOvest, the column produced by Rai on Eastern European and Balkan countries.
Born in London in 1995 from Kosovar parents from Prishtina, lived in Kosovo for a couple of years as a girl.
He returns to London with the intention of making his way into the world of music, also thanks to the presence of his father, the Kosovar rock singer Dukagjin Lipa: he decides to open a YouTube channel, on which he publishes his covers of singers such as Christina Aguilera and Nelly Furtado .
At the same time he started working as a model. In 2015 he signed a record deal with the Warner Bros. Records label, releasing his first single, New Love, produced by Emile Haynie and Andrew Wyatt in August of the same year.
Success came across Europe with the second single, Be the One, released in October 2015 and accompanied by its video clip. In January 2017 collaborates with the well-known singer Sean Paul in the release of the single No Lie, the video on the YouTube platform quickly reaches 200 million views.
For the Italian singer Annalisa she wrote the song Used to You, extracted as a single in 2016, then translated into Italian in Potrei abituarmi. In the 2017 he won the Best New award at the MTV EMA. At the end of last year, she was awarded in Hollywood as best successful artist of the year in the 'Variety Hitmakers Brunch 2018'.
At the beginning of this year, other pop-star awards arrived: the two Grammy Awards - as best new singer and best dance recording - and the Brit Award for best song of the 2018 ('One Kiss' - with Calvin Harris.
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Bebe Rexha - pseudonym of Bleta Rexha - was born in Brooklyn to parents of Albanian ethnicity (his father, in fact, is a native of Debar, in the ethnic Albanian area of the Republic of Macedonia) and approaches from a very young age - four years - to music .
In March of the 2010 'debuts' with Pete Wentz in the electro duo 'Black Cards'. The following year they announce the release of their first album while in 2012 it was announced via Facebook that Rexha would no longer be part of the group.
In the 2013 Bebe Rexha signed a contract with the Warner Bros label as a songwriter. In his career he has written many songs, such as 'Like a Champion' by Selena Gomez and the refrain of 'The Monster' song by Eminem and Rihanna.
He gets good success by collaborating first with David Guetta, Nicky Minaj and Afrojack in the single 'Hey Mama' and then collaborating with the American rapper G-Eazy in the single 'Me, myself and I'. The release of his first solo singer album is scheduled for 22 June 2018.
Also in the 2018 she was awarded as the best musical composer of the year in the 'Variety Hitmakers Brunch 2018'.
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Rita Ora, born in Prishtina, in Kosovo, from an Albanian family. At the age of one he moved with his family to Britain. In 2004 she debuted as an actress playing a secondary role in the film 'Spivs' while in 2009 she participated in auditions to represent the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest, winning the competition but finally deciding not to participate in the important event, considering this not suitable for she.
In the same year he began collaborating with singers of the caliber of Jay-Z, Drake, will.i.am, Tine Tempah and Kanye West to compose his first album. He plays a short part in Fast and Furious 6 and in the 2015 becomes judge of the fourth edition of 'The Voice UK'. Among albums, singles and appearances on TV, we must emphasize the collaboration with the recently deceased Dj Avicii - and with his British colleague Liam Payne for the song 'For You', part of the soundtrack of the film 'Fifty shades of red '.
His real name is Amanda Ava Koci, the 16 February 1994 was born in Wisconsin (USA), from parents immigrated from Albania.
Since she was a little girl, Ava is passionate about music, also thanks to a voice inherited from her opera singer mother. Already as a child, Ava refined her vocal techniques by participating in many singing competitions.
Inspired by the courageous choice of her parents to flee to the United States, Ava decided to go to Los Angeles to achieve her goals and today we can say that she did it.
With his single 'Sweet But Psycho' he has climbed all the world hit-parades. The 2019 will bring us its first music album.
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Born in Kosovo, in the capital Prishtina, from journalist Nezir Istrefi and singer Suzana Tahirsylaj, Era Istrefi is the sister of the famous singer Nora Istrefi. It is an Albanian town from the 2016. The singer released her debut single 'Mani per money' in the 2013: her style features urban sounds and Albanian texts with scattered English phrases.
In the 2014 she was nominated at the VideoFest Awards in four categories, winning three; best emerging artist, best performance and best styling. In December 2015, instead, 'Bon Bon' was released, the single that has climbed all the charts in Europe and in the world and that has launched Era Istrefi in the international market.
Thanks to the song, in fact, the Kosovar singer got over a billion views on YouTube and won gold records in Canada, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. In addition to the original Albanian version, the song was also published in an English version for the American market.
Thanks to the success of 'Bon Bon' the singer won a contract with the record labels 'Sony Music' and 'Ultra Records' in the 2016.
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Link at the episode of 24 February 2019 by EstOvest, the column produced by Tgr Rai FVG and Tgr Rai Puglia, on Eastern European and Balkan countries
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