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Anxhela Peristeri

Anxhela Peristeri is an established Albanian singer, songwriter and model from the city of Korçë in the east of the country.

This is Anxhela’s second attempt at representing her nation at the Eurovision Song Contest, having entered Festivali i Këngës (“Albanian Song Festival”) back in 2001.

Between attempts, the singer found success in X Factor Greece, Your Face Sounds Familiar and Kënga Magjike (another popular Albanian song contest, which she won in 2017 with the song E Çmëndu).

In October 2020, Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH) announced Anxhela as one of the contestants selected to compete in the 59th edition of Festivali i Këngës with the song Karma. Peristeri emerged victorious and was announced as Albania's representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021.

Lyrics of Karma

Zoti nuk ma fal

Jeta si në përrallë,
Më kish' llastuar.
Lart në qiell, si një yll,
Jetoja unë...

Qeshja si e marrë
Kur ti rënkoje.
E pashpirt,
vetëm veten doja shumë.

Zoti nuk ma fal
Bota mbi mua ra.
Më ike ti, më ikën miqtë,
As dritë nuk ka.

Zoti nuk ma faaal.
Thirra po zë nuk kam
Lotët mbledh në dorë,
të ndryshkur janë.

Sa të kërkoja nëpër zemra bosh,
Dhe e kuptoja asgjë nuk më josh
E vetme jam...
Po, e vetme jam.

Kur unë rënkoja, qeshje si i marrë.
E meritoja unë të hiqem zvarrë
Fajtore jam...
Po fajtore jam

Zoti nuk ma fal
Bota mbi mua ra.
Më ike ti, më ikën miqtë,
As dritë nuk ka.

Zoti nuk ma faaal.
Thirra po zë nuk kam
Lotët mbledh në dorë,
të ndryshkur janë.

Zoti nuk ma fal
Bota mbi mua ra.
Më ike ti, më ikën miqtë,
As dritë nuk ka.

Zoti nuk ma faaal.
Thirra po zë nuk kam
Lotët mbledh në dorë,
të ndryshkur janë.
God doesn't forgive me

Life, as in a fairy-tale
Has spoiled me
Up in the sky
I lived like a star


Laughing like crazy
When you groan
Heartless,
I only loved myself too much

God doesn't forgive me
The world fell on me
You ran away from me, my friends ran away
There is no light

God doesn't forgive me
I yelled voiceless
Bundle tears in my hand
They are rusty

I looked for you through empty hearts
And realized nothing seduces me
I am alone
Yes, I am alone

When I groaned, you laughed like a fool
I deserved to be dragged
I am guilty
Yes, I am guilty

God doesn't forgive me
World fell on me
You ran away from me, my friends ran away
There is no light

God doesn't forgive me
I yelled voiceless
Bundle tears in my hand
They are rusty

God doesn't forgive me
World fell on me
You ran away from me, my friends ran away
There is no light

God doesn't forgive me
I yelled voiceless
Bundle tears in my hand
They are rusty