Remember the name Alban Ramosaj. The Albanian heart throb has won the 22nd edition of the prestigious Kënga Magjike festival in Tirana. The contest is known to take existing stars even higher, and its winners frequently come from or go on to the world of Eurovision. Past winners include Eneda Tarifa, Anxhela Peristeri, Jonida Maliqi, Juliana Pasha and Aurela Gaçe.

This year’s festival, which was moved to May 2021 from its original dates in December due to the pandemic, took place at the KLAN TV studios with a limited audience in compliance with Albanian laws and corona restrictions. Competing against 55 other artists, Alban beat some local favourites including Orghesa Zaimi, Xhesika Polo, Erik Lloshi and Aurel Thellimi.

His winning song “THIKAT E MIA” (Knives Of Mine) is a metaphorical take on the toxicity found in some relationships. We’re talking jealousy, possessiveness, anger and repressed feelings that can cause people to lash out. Alban draws from his personal experiences whilst diving in to the drama: “We’re extinguished like candle flames, even though I no longer crave your body, I still can’t bear to think of you with someone else.”

 

When he belts out those notes and beats his chest, you realise he isn’t just unleashing anger and pain. He’s ready to lay down his armour. Sometimes vulnerability can be one’s greatest strength.

Speaking to Wiwibloggs, Alban said:

“‘Thikat E Mia’ has been one of the most difficult songs for me to write. Despite coming up with the top line, the melody, the arrangement and most of the lyrics, it was left unfinished for over a year. In short, I was going through a series of personal crises, and I was too emotionally challenged to find the creativity I needed to complete it. I have lived through some of the tortured emotions of anger, rage, jealousy in a way I didn’t think I’d survive.

“‘Thikat E Mia’ is my personal story. With a little help from my friends Fifi, Bruno and the Three Dots production team, I was able to able to complete this track, and release it on a mainstream Albanian platform — a new challenge I achieved after being considered ‘underground’ for so long.”

The Kenga Magjike presentation included stunning LED effects — and subtle vocal support from live musicians and backing vocalists. However, during the final show, he was front and centre on stage slaying his performance totally solo. Alban was dressed in all black, and wore a striking amulet on his left arm. When he sings, he wears his heart on his sleeve, and transfixes his audience with his hypnotic eyes. Despite the tough competition, which featured vocal greats including Eurovision star Lindita Halimi, Alban earned top votes from his fellow artists, the panel of music experts and the public vote — a landslide victory across all categories.

 

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About Alban Ramosaj

Alban Ramosaj’s breath of talent and artistic expression spans film, theatre, music and fashion. In addition to releasing several charting singles that received critical acclaim, he’s experimented with voiceover work, music production, directing music videos and choreography. He was also cast in the Dolce and Gabanna 2018 Spring/Summer campaign.

In 2017 he opened for Emeli Sandé during the Albania leg of her European tour, and was the lead actor in the first-ever Albanian digital series “Love Likes Tirana” directed by Dalina Buzi.

About Kënga Magjike 2021

Ardit Gjebrea — the mastermind behind Kenga Magjike — has weathered a few storms. After the major Albanian earthquakes came the coronavirus. Albania suffered harder than most nations with two major crises back to back. However, instead of cancelling the annual festival, Ardit moved the dates to May 2021.

It was significantly scaled down from its former home at The Palace of Congresses to the recently renovated KLAN TV studios. However, the celebratory spirit remained fully intact. The festival, which dominated its time slot on all three nights, became the first major live event in the country, and it gave Albanians something to celebrate after so many dark days. So many wonderful performances including Soni Malaj‘s visual treat, and Eneda Tarifa’s duet with Italian jazz star Walter Ricci, still linger with us.

Familiar faces in the audience included Albania’s Eurovision stars Anxhela Peristieri and Aurela Gace. Eurovision 2021 jury winner Gjon’s Tears also attended the event.

 

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“Thikat E Mia” lyrics — Alban Ramosaj

[strofa]
Ti me hile dashnine oh mu ma ke dhene
e me hile syte e mi ti i ke pa
une pa fije krenarie n’gjunje t’kom ra
moj e marre, ca ke ba?

[refreni]
Po mire, kto, Thikat e mia
ty te vrisnin une shume mire e dija
e mu m’pelqente te t’shihja kur dilje nga vetja per ne.
Kto, Thikat e mia
ty te vrisnin une shume mire e dija
e mu m’pelqente te t’shihja kur dilje nga vetja per ne.

[strofa]
Oh.. Moj e marre, kush pat faj ne kete dashni
 a rrejta une a m’rrejte ti
qe te dy vdiqem n’vetmi.

Moj e marre, e u shuam si qiri
ste du trupin me, a e di?
por prap s’du t’shof me njeri!

[refreni]
Po mire, kto, Thikat e mia
ty te vrisnin une shume mire e dija
e mu m’pelqente te t’shihja kur dilje nga vetja per ne.
Kto, Thikat e mia
ty te vrisnin une shume mire e dija
e mu m’pelqente te t’shihja kur dilje nga vetja per ne.
Oh… kur dilje nga vetja per ne, dilje nga vetja per ne.
[ura]
Djallin, djallin, djallin- djallin n’shishe e mban
“aman mos e fal” “mos e fal” me thone.

[dalja]
Kur dilje nga vetja per ne
pa hile, t’kom dasht pa hile
 t’kom dasht pa hile moj e marre.

These Knives of Mine (lyrics)

[verse]
Deceitfully you’ve given me your love
and deceitfully you’ve gazed into my eyes.
Without a trace of pride i fell on my knees for you,
mad woman, what have you done?

[chorus]
alright then, these… “knives” of mine,
were killing you and i was damn aware of it,
i was enjoying the sights of you stepping out of yourself, for us!
These, “knives” of mine!
were killing you and i was damn aware of it,
i was enjoying the sights of you losing your composure, for us!

[Verse]
oh… Mad woman…
whose fault was in this love?
was i lying or were you?
we’re both dying in loneliness.

Mad woman…
we’re extinguished like candle flames.
even though i no longer crave your body
i still can’t bear to think of you with someone else.

[chorus]
alright then, these… “knives” of mine,
were killing you and i was damn aware of it,
i was enjoying the sights of you stepping out of yourself, for us!
These, “knives” of mine!
were killing you and i was damn aware of it,
i was enjoying the sights of you losing your composure, for us!

[bridge]
The devil, The devil, she keeps the devil in a bottle. “We beg of you, don’t forgive her” “don’t forgive her” they tell me.

oh, when you were stepping out of yourself for us.

[Outro]
Without deceiving!
I’ve loved you without deceiving(guile)! 
 I’ve loved you without deceiving(guile)! 
 oh you mad woman…

 

Are you loving Alban’s performance as much as we are? Did you feel the passion and emotion? Would you like to see him at Eurovision? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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Fatima
Fatima
1 month ago

Go to Tirana and you’ll see lads like that everywhere.

Alex
Alex
2 months ago

Oh god how many festivals do they have???

Fatima
Fatima
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

147, Rose

ItaloV
ItaloV
2 months ago

Guys, would you mind explaining to me the difference between this and FiK? is it organised by different institutions, or is it targeted to another music segment? Don’t get me wrong, I think the many the merrier, but I didn’t know two big festivals were held in Albania near the same period of the year.

nicopico_w
nicopico_w
2 months ago
Reply to  ItaloV

Same period of the year? It’s literally held in May, while FiK is in December.

Yes
Yes
2 months ago
Reply to  ItaloV

FiK is a very old music event organised by RTSH (Radio Televizioni Shqiptar). Kenga Magjike is a younger event organised by TV KLAN. Festivali i Kenges was the biggest one in Albania. A dictatorship, some corruption allegations and the decreasing quality of the songs left the road open for new song contests in late 1990’s-2000, and that’s where Kenga Magjike enters the chat. It took KLAN a couple of years, some modern music and the biggest Albanian stars to overpass FiK as the biggest music event. We could say FiK looks for professional singers (which may led to have poor… Read more »

Fatima
Fatima
2 months ago

I think he’ll get a lot of support if he goes to Eurovision, but can he sing like that live?

MTD
MTD
2 months ago

He hot.

Miss Uncongeniality
Miss Uncongeniality
2 months ago

I definitely think Albania should change their eurovision selection process from FIK to KM

Giolo
Giolo
2 months ago

The song is very good. With a good presentation on stage, it could have got a nice result in Rotterdam

name*
name*
2 months ago

Kënga Magjije looks so much better than FiK: staging, LEDs, camera work, quality of the video and audio. Why can’t this show be used as the Albanian national selection for ESC? FiK always looks and sounds like some old-fashioned cable TV concert from 90s.

Kuni
Kuni
2 months ago
Reply to  name*

No. Because RTV KLAN has no membership in the EBU

Veta
Veta
2 months ago

Who won the best international? What place did Eliza G (Golden Stag 2019 winner) take?

Veta
Veta
2 months ago
Reply to  Veta

UPD: found the info, Eliza got the second place of Big International.
Here is her final performance: https://youtu.be/EgqFOgBGqIE
(a pity she doesn’t want to take part in San Remo)

ESC Stan
ESC Stan
2 months ago

Albania’s Uku? Meanwhile, if the Cypriot Christians had a problem with El Diablo, get a load of that bridge! Lol

Azaad
Azaad
2 months ago
Reply to  ESC Stan

I think because it’s in Albanian viewers will understand that it’s metaphorical. I think the Satanism fiasco started because someone may have literally translated El Diablo as Satan.

Alex
Alex
2 months ago
Reply to  ESC Stan

Albanians have no religion.

raylee
raylee
2 months ago
Reply to  Alex

didn’t they accept Islam during Ottoman era ?

Rosy B
Rosy B
2 months ago

unfortunately this song only works in Albania. In Eurovision, it probably, would not even get close to qualifying although the artist is good. It does not have a widespread appeal. This is my opinion only, and does not reflect what could / could not happen, as that we will never really know 🙂

ESC Stan
ESC Stan
2 months ago
Reply to  Rosy B

I’m not sure what will constitute widespread appeal at next years competition, though it does sound like something that eurovision has had before. Nice song and awesome vocals though.

Joey
Joey
2 months ago

I know that Kënga Magjike isn’t from RTSH, but from TV Klan. The thing is: I think that Albania really should change their selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest.
With a little help from TV Klan, I believe they will be able to have a way better selection compared to what it is now – extremely dated with ‘meh’ songs and weird judging by seven old people deciding for an entire country.

Ted
Ted
2 months ago

Well hello Alban!!!
Eurovision 2022 is shaping up to be the year of the heartthrob.

Calm your passions Ted!!!

ESC Stan
ESC Stan
2 months ago
Reply to  Ted

I’m with you on that one lol.

Sot
Sot
2 months ago

Judging by his face, he’s either gonna end up top10 if the public finds him hot or 13th in the semi if they find him meh

Sonam
Sonam
2 months ago
Reply to  Sot

he’s HOT

Azaad
Azaad
2 months ago
Reply to  Sot

Nothing wrong with Albania courting the thirsty vote in order to win.

JT
JT
2 months ago

This was good! I wish he sent the to Festivali i Këngës instead

NickC
NickC
2 months ago

This is so much better than Karma!

canada_piano
canada_piano
2 months ago

i still believe in justice for me tana

ROXELANA
ROXELANA
2 months ago
Reply to  canada_piano

Unforgettable bop

Last edited 2 months ago by ROXELANA
canada_piano
canada_piano
1 month ago
Reply to  canada_piano

lmao i was expecting this to get really downvoted fsr

Baby
Baby
2 months ago

I would love for albania to send something other than a screaming woman, and this is coming from someone who loved jonida, lindita, anxhela, elhaida and arilena

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
2 months ago
Reply to  Baby

Well they did bring a screaming man in 2018!

name*
name*
2 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

That screaming man was banned in China for not being manly enough.

Giolo
Giolo
2 months ago
Reply to  name*

He was banned for tattoo, actually

Last edited 2 months ago by Giolo
MTD
MTD
2 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

I LOLed Frisian!

ROXELANA
ROXELANA
2 months ago

I want Elvana to sing for Albania. Just listened yesterday to another song of her that she released about a month ago. It’s a bop. It sounds so fresh and Albanian, I’m sure she would bring a great result for her country.

I would love to see Eneda Tarifa as well. She has so much potential. She really didn’t deserve Fairytale and such a bad result.

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
2 months ago

He is great and the song is Eurovision ready! Hope to see him soon on the Eurovision stage!

Safiya
Safiya
2 months ago

That’s a lot of contestants!