Festivali i Këngës 54 has come and gone, but Besa Krasniqi is here to stay. Ahead of Albania’s national selection, she emerged as a fan favourite with her number “Liroje Zemrën” (Free Your Heart). She topped both our FiK54 fan poll and our Wiwi Jury, owing to her gorgeous vocals and modern track. Even though she didn’t take the title, she did pick up thousands of new fans and is now our favourite Swedish singer of Albanian descent.
She caught up with wiwibloggs guest correspondent Erdi Tejeci ahead of her performance, telling us about what it was like to adapt her song to an orchestra, her love of African music, and, of course, her FiK54 song. “It is about you not being alone,” she says. “You have to let go, be free, be yourself. Some people think it’s about the strength of God — and it can be that — but it’s all about how you relate to the song.”
The Swedish-born songstress also discusses Sweden’s epic national selection for Eurovision. “I always watch Melodifestivalen. Someone asked me before, ‘Why don’t you compete in Sweden?’ And it just came to me, ‘Why didn’t I?’ I don’t know. Maybe next year.”
Hopefully FiK has helped put Besa on Christer Björkman’s radar. SVT recently profiled Besa in an article titled, “Teacher in Sweden, Star in Albania”.