Lindita Halimi (27) is a singer-songwriter who rose to fame after winning the sixth edition of the competition Top Fest. In 2016 she won the Albanian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, Festivali i Këngës, and will thus represent the country in Kyiv.
Lindita Halimi was born in Kosovo and began her singing career in 2003 when she was 14 years old. She studied music theory, vocal coaching and the piano. In 2007 she was a finalist in Albanian Idol, Lindita joined a band called Ngroba. She has won numerous awards over the years at a local, national and international level, including The Voice Awards in 2004 and Best New Artist at Top Fest.
In 2009 Lindita started her career as a solo artist going on to win Top Fest in Albania. She has participated several times in the Albanian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, Festivali i Këngës. In 2013 Lindita moved to the United States and participated in American Idol in 2016 where she finished in the top-25. She is working on her first English album and also speaks German, Spanish and Croatian.
Things to know about Lindita
What are the three most interesting aspects about your entry?
The song is about self acceptance, and accepting others as they are, and spreading love, no matter the ethnicity, race, religion or sexual orientation of the person. Let the love unite us all is the motto of the song
What are the three most impressive facts about you?
I sing in 10 languages! I also sing opera. I have sung with Stevie Wonder, Valerie Simpson and I also opened for The Backstreet Boys. I also play the piano.
Do you have a (lucky) routine before you go on stage?
I eat eggs, drink hot tea with honey, and do my vocal warm ups! 30 minutes before I do vocal rest which means no speaking at all!
Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important for you?
It's been my childhood dream, and I always pictured myself being up on that stage one day. I'm forever grateful it's happening and it will be an experience that will forever be special in my heart.
About the composers & song writers
This is the second time that Klodian Qafoku has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest after competing in Athens in 2006 with the song Zjarr e ftohtë. Klodian Qafoku studied composition at the Academy of Fine Arts in Tirana. He also has a Masters degree in musicology. Klodian has worked as ethnomusicologist in the Centre of Albanological Studies. Now he works in Albanian Radio and Television in the studio of music production in Radio Tirana as sound engineer.
Klodian has won many prizes during his career as composer and music producer such as such as first prize in Festivali i Këngës in 2005, with the song Zjarr e ftohtë. In 2014 he finished second in Festivali i Këngës. He has also won many first prizes in the Children's Festival in Tirana and National Children's Festival in Shkodra. In 2011 he composed the first Albanian ethnomusical, Ritual of life, with the Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Tirana. Klodian won the award for Best Show in the World Festival in Sibenic, Croatia, with the musical Traffic in Terrace No.47.
Gerald Xhari, also known as Big Basta, has written lyrics and produced songs for many Albanian, Kosovo, Macedonian and Montenegrin artists. He began working professionally in 2004 and has gone on to win many awards. In 2006 he started a successful cooperation with NRG media. His song was nominated in the category of Best Hip Hop and RnB in Top Fest Four and in Top Fest Seven he ranked 2nd with the song T’i japim fund. He launched his first album, N’laborator, and more recently won a prize for best Hip Hop Video.
In 2008 Gerald started his radio show, NRG Base, dedicated to Hip Hop music. He was awarded a video prize for the single Muzikes Sime. In Kenga Magjike 2011 he won the prize for Best Hip Hop Song and in 2012 his single Boom won the RnB video prize in Video Fest Kosovo. In 2012 he launched his second album, Radio and Club, and founded his own recording studio.