She’s the Festivali i Këngës champion who won the right to represent Albania at Eurovision 2021. Now, Anxhela Peristeri is teasing the revamped version of her song that she will take to Rotterdam. The superstar singer will release the new version of “Karma” some time in early March
Anxhela Peristeri to sing new version of “Karma” at Eurovision 2021
The songstress teased the updated version of “Karma” in a new post on Instagram. The video — shot in Kosovo by Onima — shows Anxhela donned in a billowing white gown as a snippet of the revamped song plays.
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Judging by the snippet, the “Karma” revamp will maintain the traditional Balkan sounds we hear on the original version, with some extra flare on the production to give the track a more powerful and modern sound. The lyrics also remain in the original Albanian.
The video ends with a slate reading “coming soon”. There is not an exact release date yet, but we can expect to hear the “Karma” revamp some time in early March.
It is somewhat of a tradition for Albanian Eurovision stars to revamp their songs ahead of the contest. That’s because the Albanian selection show Festivali i Këngës is a music competition in its own right with slightly different rules to those of Eurovision. An artist might alter their song if it’s over the three minutes in length — this was the case with Eugent Bushpepa’s “Mall”, which was trimmed down from four minutes at FiK to three minutes at Eurovision. Alternatively, an artist might revamp their song if they want to make it appeal to a wider audience. In 2020, FiK 58 winner Arilena Ara translated her Albanian-language song “Shaj” to the English “Fall From The Sky” for Eurovision.
At Eurovision, Anxhela Peristeri will perform “Karma” in the second half of the second semi-final.
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