Eugent Bushpepa

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Eugent Bushpepa
Also known as Gent Bushpepa
Born (1984-07-02) 2 July 1984 (age 33)
Rrëshen, Albania
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments
  • Vocals
Years active 2006–present

Eugent Bushpepa (born 2 July 1984), sometimes known as simply Gent Bushpepa, is an Albanian singer and songwriter. He won the 56th edition of Festivali i Këngës with the song "Mall", and will therefore represent Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon.

Life and career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Bushpepa was born on 2 July 1984 in Rrëshen. At an early age he started singing, and after finishing high school he left Albania for a few years and moved to Italy. After returning to Albania, he began working as a singer in 2006 on a talk show at Top Channel, a national commercial television station based in Tirana, Albania.

Music career[edit]

Bushpepa joined Top Channel in 2006 as a singer, and since then he has been present in the Albanian music scene. He has slowly become one of the best known singers in Albania. His career started with the popular Albanian rock song ”Maska e Madheshtise”, released in 2007 during TOP FEST 4. In the same competition, he also participated with a rock band called Sunrise, performing their song "Engjell". After the successful debut he continued to participate in other competitions and working on new music.

Bushpepa and his band supported the rock band Deep Purple during their concert in Albania in March 2007 as part of the Rapture of the Deep tour.

His international career was further highlighted when he was asked to be the support band for Duff McKagan on their Loaded band tour on 1 June 2011 in Tirana. During a traditional beer festival in Korçë on 18 August 2013, Bushpepa performed with Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, the guitarist of Guns N' Roses,[1]. In 2014 Eugent joined Darkology as their tour vocalist.[2] The band supported Overkill in their Kill Fest 2014 tour around Europe.

Bushpepa will represent Albania at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal with his song "Mall".[3]

Discography[edit]

Bushpepa has made no albums to date and has only released singles. He has declared many times that he is working on his first album.

Year Venue Song Title featuring
2007 Top Fest 4 Maska e Madheshtise
2007 Festivali i Kenges 46 Engjell feat. Sunrise
2008 Top Fest 5 Enderr Reale feat. Gled Mikerezi
2008 Festafiali 47 RTSH S`jam balade feat. Rovena Dilo
2009 Top Fest 6 Stine Dreqi
2011 Top Fest 8 Rebel pa Hije
2012 Top Fest 9 Udhetari
2013 Top Fest 10 Viktime
2013 Single Release Adrenalina/Addiction feat. Andos
2014 Summer Fest Prishtina Ishull i Mallkuar
2015 Top Fest 12 Prane Finishit
2017 Festivali i Kenges '56 Mall
2018 Eurovision Song Contest Mall (Representative for Albania)

Awards[edit]

  • 2008: Best Male Top Fest 5. Enderr Reale ft. Gledis
  • 2009: Vodafone Club Top Fest 6. Stine Dreqi
  • 2011: Best Male Top Fest 8. Rebel pa Hije Cmimi
  • 2015: Cmimi Honorifik #TopFestiFundit Top Fest 12. Prane Finishit

References[edit]


Preceded by
Lindita
with "World"
Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest
2018
Succeeded by
[to be determined]