Muzikë Monday #6

I’ve got love for days! (for this song!)

I recently read about this up and coming artist named Mimoza while browsing through Reddit and was intrigued because I knew that Mimoza is an Albanian name. So I decided to look her up, and sure enough she is from Kosovo! I think it’s incredibly odd but also inspiring that so many amazing popstars are coming out of Kosovo these days. Odd because Kosovo is a tiny little post-communist country that you could drive across in about two hours and is incredibly traditional. But inspiring to see the successes of these young women when compared to the reality of life here in a post-war setting.

Anyway, let your ears and eyes enjoy this cute song and music video!

Mimoza – Love For Days

Muzikë Monday #3

This week’s Muzikë Monday is dedicated to my ten year old host sister who listens to this song at least five times a day at full volume!

When I first got here I kept hearing about this “Çika Çika” song and everyone had strong feelings about it. So, being the pop music aficionado I am, I went to Ardian Bujupi’s YouTube account and gave it a listen. My instant verdict: BOP! (Also tell me why so many of my fellow PCTs don’t know what the word bop means!? I’m honestly disappointed)

Çika Çika is by Prishtina-born artist Ardian Bujupi. It always blows my mind to see these wildly successful artists making such great music coming from Kosovo. Not because Kosovo doesn’t have talent, but because it has so much—especially being a tiny little state hidden in the heart of Europe. I think the most interesting thing about Ardian Bujupi is that he was born in Kosovo, but moved to Germany as a baby. He embraces both his Shqiptar (Albanian) identity and his German identity and makes songs in both languages. I was fascinated to read the comments on his Albanian songs which were all in Albanian of course, and then the comments on his German songs which were all in German; showing that he has two completely different fan bases but still consistently makes hits that are true to his ethnic and national identities.

Muzikë Monday

Seeing as it’s Monday evening here in Kosovo and I loooove me some Albanian music, I decided to start a weekly post dedicated to Albanian music that I’m currently loving and a little bit about it!

If you know me then you know I’m obsessed with the Albanian/Kosovar rapper Capital T! In particular, his song with singer/rapper Majk called Pasha Jeten.

Capital T was born in Prishtina when it was still part of Yugoslavia, which is now the capital of current day Kosovo!

Without further ado, here is the bop known as Pasha Jeten here in Kosovo!