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Ava Max: My parents left Albania in 1990 and lived in a church in Paris for a whole year

Culture, Music, Profile January 22, 2019

Albanian-American Singer-songwriter Ava Max has had a remarkable few months since the release of her breakout single Sweet But Psycho, which narrowly missed becoming the UK Christmas number one. Ava Max is buzzing. She’s bright-eyed, bushy-tailed and raring to go at the start of what many critics are already predicting will be a stellar pop career.

Although you may not be familiar with her yet, there’s a very strong chance that you’ve heard her breakout single, Sweet But Psycho, which was nearly 2018’s Christmas number one in the UK.

Albania’s Junior Eurovision artist Ana Kodra signs up for Britain’s Got Talent 2019

Music, Profile December 3, 2018

Last year, Ana won Junior Fest 2017 in order to be selected as Albania’s representative at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Tbilisi. At the contest, her performance of Don’t Touch My Tree earned her nation 67 points and 13th place! Ana returned to Albania’s Junior Eurovision selection contest this year, but Efi Gjika was victorious with Barbie.

Nevertheless, Ana is continuing her strife for success and has revealed she will be auditioning for the 2019 season of Britain’s Got Talent! As announced on her Facebook page, her audition will take place in Manchester on December 8th. We wish her the best of luck!

A Life in Focus: Queen Geraldine of the Albanians

History, Profile December 3, 2018

The Independent revisits the life of a notable figure. Queen Geraldine of the Albanians was one of the last survivors of the Ruritanian ambience of the interwar east European monarchies who lived in an insecure world between the threats of fascism, communism and democracy…

The widow of King Zog, she lived to return to Albania after 62 years in exile

The story of Majlinda Kelmendi – From the killing fields of Kosovo to the hallowed Olympic podium

Profile September 3, 2016

Majlinda Kelmendi is an inspiration to athletes around the world. This kind of modesty and understanding of life through her sports teachings, suggests we are talking of an individual who is not just a champion athlete but a complete human being, whose life is a story of unparalleled desire to excel for herself and for her country in the most adverse of circumstances. Meanwhile, in the sporting landscape, Kosovo got embraced by the soccer governing institutions FIFA and UEFA. The legend of Majlinda Kelmindi continues to grow…

From Sister to Mother to Saint: Mother Teresa

Profile September 2, 2016

On Sunday 4th September 2016, Mother Teresa will be the 640th saint canonized since 1963. Half a million people are expected to attend the canonization at the Vatican, in a ceremony transmitted live to her adopted home of Kolkata and Catholic audiences worldwide. Many still do not realize that she was Albanian. Below is a short biography of this wonderful, holy woman. Continue reading …

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    by on January 22, 2019 - 0 Comments

    Albanian-American Singer-songwriter Ava Max has had a remarkable few months since the release of her breakout single Sweet But Psycho, which narrowly missed becoming the UK Christmas number one. Ava Max is buzzing. She’s bright-eyed, bushy-tailed and raring to go at the start of what many critics are already predicting will be a stellar pop […]

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