On February 15 she and her composer Klodian Qafoku published a sneak peek of her freshly revamped song “World” on Facebook.
But that wasn’t the only version of the song the pair have been working on, as Lindita proved earlier this week on the Albanian TV show “E Diell” (The Sun).
For the program Lindita poured her soulful vocals into a jazz version of the song formerly known as “Botë”. Working some minor keys and a decidedly experimental sound, the opening had flashes of Rona Nishliu. The original melody remains apparent, but Lindita takes it in a whole new direction that’s mellow but still powerful. Never call her a one-trick pony!
Lindita didn’t just serve it vocally: She also worked it sartorially by wearing an all-blue body suit, including matching ankle booties.
She literally stood on point with her vertiginous spikes, and added drama with her flowing white cape, which befits this vocal superhero.
Clutching the mic she flashed her perfectly manicured nails, which were on fine display throughout. Looking at their length we can’t help but wonder how the woman texts on a mobile phone. Then again, her voice is so powerful she can probably just shout it out.
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At the end of January, just a few weeks after winning Albania’s Festivali i Kengës, Lindita appeared on “Good Morning Atlanta”, which is broadcast on the local FOX affiliate station FOX 5.
Lindita, who calls the capital of Georgia her home, explains Eurovision to the show’s American viewers, saying “it’s like the Olympics” before diving into the basic rules.
She also shared the message of her song. “It’s calling for world peace,” she says. “As an artist you always want to bring people together and my message is about no matter where you come from, no matter who you are, no matter your nationality, your ethnicity, we’re all one and we all bleed from the same blood, we all live under the same sky.”
When asked who her idols were growing up, she cites “Mariah, Whitney, Beyoncé — all the biggest vocal divas” from who she gleaned inspiration and technique.
In any case, are you loving the jazz version of Lindita’s song? Do you prefer it to the original orchestral number? And are you just dying to hear the final version for Eurovision? Let us know in the comments box below.
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Lyrics in english remind on chorus of swedish winner song Take me to your haven from 1999.
Take me to your heaven,
Hold on to a dream,
Take me to your heaven,
When my nights are cold and lonely
Flying high together,
On a journey to the stars,
Won’t you take me to your heaven to your heart.
English lyrics in Alma’s french song :
Will you take me to paradise
With you nothing ever dies,
You take my smile and make it bright
Before the night erases the light,
I won’t go below silver skies
The only dark is in your eyes.
@ lazarev sergey…I’ll be watching you William.. If I notice that you’re flirting with Italian.. Nothing can save you from my rage
sorry sergey you are so……last year
I like her hair here and at the national finals. She looks much more younger looking than she did on Idol.
Bonjour ! I didn’t know where to put this message : Alma did a live in Melty Channel with the english words of her song
she was the only known entry then.so that’s bound to happen
@Adam…..the interview was in January……if you see the YouTube tops in January she was at the top of all of them.So the interviewer was right.
Always has been my favorite entry so far…. she will slay! So far her and Francesco are my tops. Love this song and how she sings it! She may have trouble from Tayanna as far as female ballads…
Can’t wait for the official ESC version. She’s my #1 as of now.
She has a killer voice, but this version lacks umph.
Lindita’s fingernails in that picture look they could gouge out the competition’s eyeballs! She’s ready to pounce 😉
I’ll be watching you William.. If I notice that you’re flirting with Italian.. Nothing can save you from my rage!! Grrrrrrr…
@Adam: Have you checked the other language blogs? Lindita has some major support there.
I love Lindita! She seems super nice and I’m excited to hear her song. Though I did laugh at the part where the guy said “On a lot of those blogs, you’re #1”, like CMON now lol, let’s not get too carried away and pretend that people have her at number one. Most youtube video rankings I’ve seen + comments on here and others have her at around 8th – 4th range.
This is great. Thanks William for sharing this. The jazz arrangement really brings out the song’s texture, and Lindita is extremely professional in the way she sings it. I really hope she comes to the London Eurovision Party!!! 🙂