Over the first two nights of Festivali i Këngës 59, Mirud served ethno-bop eleganza. Putting his unique swerve on a matador look, he dove into black and gold on Monday, only to turn up as a heavenly vision in white on Tuesday. Versatile? Yes he most certainly is.
Ahead of filming for the grand final, Mirud kindly met up with Wiwiblogger Erdi to discuss his motivation for returning to the contest after his last appearance at FiK 57.
“I actually wasn’t planning to do that, but I decided to do it because I was getting messages from the Eurofans,” he says. “I was getting messages every single day from the Albanian fans that I have asking me to come back. So I was not planning at all to come, but when I wrote ‘Nëse vdes’ I knew that it was material that I needed to send to Festivali i Këngës, so I decided to come back because I felt like it’s a great representation of the music that I make.”
The song came to him during lockdown as he explored the music of his homeland from his current home in the United States.
“During quarantine I spent a lot of time listening to different styles of music in Kosovo,” he says. “I got really inspired by Nexhmije Pagarusha. I really felt like writing a song, as sort of like a dedication to the music where we come from, which is Kosovo, and the city where I come from, Prizren. I really got inspired by all the different artists from Kosovo to do this performance.”
Has he thought about translating it into English if he wins and gets to go to Eurovision?
“This is causing me anxiety thinking about that. I think it will stay in Albanian, because I love the way it sounds in Albanian. I think it would completely lose its meaning if I translated it into English. So if I do end up winning, which I hope so, I will keep it in Albanian.”