Frederik Ndoci speaks to

by Stella Floras 287 views

The popular Albanian artist, who sings in 6 languages, spoke to Altin Hazizaj exclusively for Read on to find out more about Frederik, Hear my plea and Frederik and Aida's immediate plans.

Hi Fredrik. Welcome back to Albania!

No need to say that. Albania is my home country and although I've been living abroad for some years now, I always come back here. I consider Albania as my home, and my song for The Eurovision Song Contest is about that as well.

How did you come up with the idea for the song?

Last year I came back to my old house in Tirana. As I walked through the garden I found this stone which had a special meaning to me. When I left Albania in 1991, I took this stone and engraved a cross into it. After that I threw it away, so it could bring me luck. When I found it back, the stone became like a little gem to me: it reminded me of my life in Albania and my life nowadays. A couple of days later I met an old friend. He wanted us to write a song together. The literal translation of the Albanian version is Ballad of the stone. The official English title became Hear my plea. The song reflects my memories of the stone. Nowadays it's become very normal to move from one country to another, but there's always a place called Home. It's the place we miss, love and dream about.

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