Troja during a live performance in Prishtina, Kosovo
Troja is an Albanian heavy metal band which consists of Bujar Berisha (vocals), Florent Bajrami (guitar), Violand Shabani (drums) and Agron Ejupi (bass). Band was originally formed by Ismajl (Mak) Beqaj (bass guitar) and Tomorr (Toma) Arifi (vocals) in 1990 in Pristina, SFR Yugoslavia (present day Republic of Kosovo).The same year Florent Bajrami(guitar)and Visar Blaku(drums) joined dhe band. Florent Bajrami remains the only original member of the band.
The band was founded in 1990. Before they recorded their first album called People the band produced their first songs Ekzistenca (Existence), Për Bekin (For Beki) at Enis Presheva studio. The recording for their first album, People, started in 1997 but the album was not published until 5 years later in 2003. In the mid-90s Beqaj and Blaku depart from the band and are replaced by Agron Ejupi on bass guitar and Bujar Berisha on drums. In 2006 singer Tomorr Arifi departs the band and drummer Bujar Berisha takes on the duties of the vocalist and is replaced on the drums by Violand (Land) Shabani. In 2009 they produced their second studio album Amaneti - I Clown It. In the time from 1991 to 1997 the band was awarded for the best rock band at Boom Festival in 1994. The video People was awarded for the best Albanian rock video in 2003 and best camera direction. 2007 they were participants at "SubKultura Urbane", Live at Reception Room in Pristina. 2009 they recorded a new video called Amaneti i Clown-it which is awarded for the best video at Top Fest in Tirana, Albania, also the winner of the Best video.
Appearances & Awards
- 1994 = Best Rock band
- 1993 = Concert in theater - DODONA - 1993- Concert in Kosovska Mitrovica
- 1993 = Rock Fest - Peć
- 1993 = Rock Fest - Skopje
- 1994 = Boom Festival - 1st place ( night of the rock music )
- 1995 = Recording songs - Ekzistenca -, - Për Bekin - Kosovska Mitrovica -.
- 1997 = Show Fest.
- 1997 = ODA band concert (Casablanca).
- 1997 = Recording two songs in Peć.
- 2002 = First Album recorded - PEOPLE -.
- 2003 = First Video, song called with the same name - PEOPLE -.
- 2003 = Music video People: Best Albanian rock video and best camera direction
- 2003 = Winner of the Best Camera - Music Video Award -Pristina.
- 2003 = Winner of the best Directing on "Netët e Video Klipit Shqiptar - Tirana Albania.
- 2004 = Participant on TOP FEST -Tirana - Albania with the song called " Jena Na".
- 2006 = TROJA's big concert - with 2500 people!.
- 2007 = Video of the song called " Nuk Po Muj Ma ".
- 2007 = Opening for the BTR band from Bulgary in Prizren.
- 2007 = SubKultura Urbane, Live in Reception Room.
- 2009 = New Album ( Amaneti I Clown-it & the Video ).
- 2009 = TROJA - Amaneti i Clown-it "WINNER OF THE BEST VIDEO" - TOP FEST TIRANA - ALBANIA.
- 2009 - TROJA - Amaneti i Clown-it " Winner of the Best Group, Best Rock & the Public Price, on Video Music Award in Pristina - Kosovo.
- 2010 = Winner of BEST GROUP Award in Top Fest 7th edition in Albania.
- 2010 = LIVE Concert Pristina.
- 2010 = New video " Mretnesha Kohe"
- People (2003)
- Jena Na (2006)
- Nuk Po Muj Ma (2007)
- Amaneti i Clown-it (2009)
- Mbretnesha kohe (2010)