Albania: Rona Nishliu releases debut album

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Albanian Kosovar artist Rona Nishliu, who represented Albania at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan, has released her first album for free on YouTube.

The album Me motive tonat is a result of Rona Nishliu‘s journey through the musical heritage of Albania. From traditional tunes to the contemporary genres of Jazz, Soul an Trip Hop, the Rona Nishliu Quartet explores the musical heart and soul of the Balkans. As the introduction of Me motive tonat explains:

This project is the final cycle of research and transformation that Rona Nishliu has applied to classics of Albanian urban music, dating back from the late 14th century. What started in 2011 as her personal search of the roots of Albanian musical heritage in the setting of piano-and-vocals experimental duo, has now matured into a musical experience that transcends traditional content through fusion with Free Jazz, Trip Hop and Soul, offering a unique and refreshing blend of Balkan sounds.

This album is a selection of the live recordings made at the Kosovo Philharmonic Studio in Prishtina, in early April 2015.

Rona Nishliu has released the album Me motive tonat for free via her YouTube-channel:

Rona Nishliu is an artist of Albanian Kosovar descent (Mitrovica, 1987), singing in a variety of genres: pop, soul, experimental jazz, often creating her own unique blend of sounds. After entering music contests Ethet E Së Premtës Mbrëma (The Excitement Of Friday Night, 2004) and Festivali I Këngës (together with Vesa Luma and Teuta Kurti, 2005), she won the Festival I Këngës in December 2011, additionally earning the right to represent Albania at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012.

In Baku, Azerbaijan, Rona Nishliu performed the song Suus with which she reached the grand final, eventually earning a respectable fifth place with 146 points, the best Albanian result at Eurovision to this date. Besides singing, Rona Nishliu is known for her humanitarian engagement.

Follow Rona Nishliu through her official Facebook-page and Twitter.

Enjoy Rona Nishliu performing Suus during the grand final of Eurovision 2012 once again:

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