ALBANIA – FIK 60 just concluded and we have a winner. Ronela wins the ticket to Turin while Alban and Eldis with Rezarta (both) ranked second and third, and that’s all the results we will get to know.
Ronela Hajati was born on 2 September 1989 into an Albanian family in the city of Tirana, then part of the People’s Socialist Republic, present Albania. Her mother originally hailed from Korçë while her father, Marash Hajati, was from Shkodër. Showing interest in music from a very young age, Hajati studied both ballet and piano during her elementary school years. She also participated in a series of Albanian singing and dancing competitions.
Hajati continued her early career with participation in various music events on different occasions, such as Top Fest and Kënga Magjike. She rose to significant prominence in the Albanian-speaking Balkans upon the release of the acclaimed single “Mala Gata” in May 2013.
In late 2013, she participated in the 15th edition of Kënga Magjike with the song “Mos ma lsho”, which earned her the Internet Award in the grand final. In December 2015, Hajati released her follow-up single “A do si kjo” and peaked at number 13 in Albania. The succeeding charting single, “Marre”, followed in June 2016 and peaked at number 13 as well.
In the span of 2017 and 2018, Hajati released four subsequent singles, including “Mos ik”, “Sonte”, “Maje men” and “Do ta luj”, to commercial success with altogether reaching the top 30 in Albania.
In December 2018, Hajati successfully returned to Kënga Magjike to compete in the contest’s 20th edition with the song “Vuj”, in which she eventually finished in fourth place. In March 2019, following a certain absence, the singer released “Pa dashni” and reached number six in Albania. Her chart success followed into June 2019 with the single “Çohu”, a collaboration with Albanian rapper Don Phenom, debuting at number seven on the country’s top 100.
Succeeding the top 10 single “Lage”, Hajati scored her first number-one single with the follow-up “MVP” released later that year in September 2019. In July 2020, the Albanian football club KF Tirana approached Hajati to produce and perform the club’s anthem “Bardh’ e blu” as part of celebrations to mark its centenary year.
In March 2021, Hajati announced her debut studio album, RRON, scheduled to be issued in the next year. Its lead single, “Prologue”, debuted in the same month at number 19 on the Albanian Top 100 and rose to number two a month later.
The second single, “Shumë i mirë” which had reached number 15 in late 2021, was nominated for an award at the 2021 Netët e Klipit Shqiptar gala in Ulcinj, Montenegro. Succeeding “Shumë i mirë”, the third single, “Aventura” released in May 2021, went on to peak at number three in her native country.
In June 2021, Hajati collaborated with Kosovo-Albanian musician Vig Poppa on the album’s fourth single, “Alo”, which became a top 15 single that month. Released in October 2021, the follow-up “Leje” eventually reached number 13.
The Albanian broadcaster, Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH), reported in November 2021 that Hajati was selected among the 20 contestants to compete in the 60th edition of Festivali i Këngës. She was also approached in the same month to perform at the renowned Nata e Bardhë Festival in Tirana.
Hajati has been noted for being versatile in her music, style and interpretation. She is primarily characterised as a pop artist, although she has been experimenting with different music genres, including R&B and reggae.
She has named American musician Michael Jackson as her idol and one of her biggest musical influences. Hajati is also a fan of Puerto Rican musician Ricky Martin and attended his concert in New York City in October 2021.
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