Leonora Jakupi

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Leonora Jakupi
Birth name Leonora Jakupi
Born (1979-03-03) March 3, 1979 (age 38)
Origin Skenderaj, Kosovo
Genres Balkan pop
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Years active 1997-present

Leonora Jakupi (born March 3, 1979) is an Albanian Kosovar singer.

Biography[edit]

Early career[edit]

Leonora Jakupi is originally from Skenderaj, Kosovo, but later moved to the capital, Pristina. She lost her father during the Kosovo war (1998–1999) – he was killed by the Yugoslav security forces. Her repertoire includes old-style Albanian folk and modern popular music.[1]

The song that made her popular was "A vritet pafajsia?" (Can innocence be killed?), released in 1998 while she was a war refugee in Albania. She dedicated the song to her father and other Albanians who died during the Kosovo War.

Present[edit]

Although Jakupi began her music career with ethno and folk-influenced songs, she has recently been working with modern pop. In 2009 she released "Ky është fundi" (This is the end), which became a hit on the radio and the Internet. She is popular in the Albanian-speaking territories of Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro, and in countries such as Germany, Switzerland and, recently, Bulgaria.[2]

Jakupi has been featured in gossip magazines and tabloids regarding her personal life. There have been rumors over whether or not she is single, but she has often declined to speak about this.[3]

Hits[edit]

  • 1997 - "O Bo Bo"
  • 1997 - "Nuk Më Duhet Gjermania" (I Don't Need Germany)
  • 1997 - "Buzekuqja" (Red-lipped Girl)
  • 1998 - "A Vritet Pafajsia?" (Could innocence be killed?)
  • 1999 - "Në Zemër Të Më Ndjesh" (Feel Me in Your Heart)
  • 2001 - "Sahara"
  • 2003 - "Ti Nuk Ekziston" (You Do Not Exist)
  • 2005 - "Ende Të Dua" (I Still Love You)
  • 2005 - "As Mos Provo" (Don't Even Try)
  • 2006 - "Zemra Të Kërkon" (My Heart Asks for You)
  • 2009 - "Ky Është Fundi" (This is the End)
  • 2010 - "Puthja Jote" (Your Kiss)
  • 2010 - "I Harruar" (Forgotten)
  • 2011 - "Iluzion" (Illusion)
  • 2011 - "Këngë E Pa Kënduar" (An Unsung Song)
  • 2013 - "S'e Ndaloj" (I Don't Stop It)
  • 2014 - "Vajza E Kojshisë" (The Daughter of a Neighbour)
  • 2014 - "Ma Ngat" (Closer)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Warrander, Gail; Knaus, Verena (2008). Kosovo. Bradt Travel Guides. p. 41. ISBN 9781841621999. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  2. ^ Rikthehet Leonora!, Teksteshqip.com. Retrieved 5 February 2014
  3. ^ Leonora Jakupi: ende beqare! "Leonora Jakupi Vazhdon Të Mbetet Beqare", Teksteshqip.com. Retrieved 5 February 2014