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Birth name Besa Kokëdhima
Born (1988-05-29) May 29, 1988 (age 29)
  • Singer
  • Songwriter
  • Musician
  • Vocals
  • Piano
Years active 2003–present
Labels Independent

Besa Kokëdhima (born May 29, 1988) often called Besa, is an Albanian singer.[1] She is known for winning the 10th edition of Kënga Magjike with "Tatuazh në Zemër" (Tattooed heart), and the 6th edition of Top Fest with "Engjëjt Vrasin Njëlloj" (Angels kill the same). Besa is a judge on panel of The Voice of Albania.[2]


Besa Kokëdhima was born in Albania to Koço Kokëdhima, a mathematician and entrepreneur, and Brixhida Kokëdhima, also a mathematician. Her family roots lead back to the Qeparo, Breg region, in the Vlorë District.[citation needed]

As a child, Besa aspired to be a singer. She was known locally for her singing in school, and local talent shows and competitions.[citation needed] According to Besa, her parents were reluctant to encourage her pursuit of a musical career.[citation needed] However, she continued to take piano lessons. Besa first publicly appeared on Radio Televizioni Shqiptar at age 13.

At the age of 15, she moved to the United Kingdom to attend high school. That same year, she recorded her first cover record, "Street Symphony" by Monica.[citation needed] A year later, Besa's debut song, "Më Beso," written by producer Florian Mumajesi and featuring the then newly formed Albanian group Produkt 28, was a success.[citation needed] The hit song was awarded the top prize "Mikorofoni I Artë" in 2003, and granted Besa greater public recognition.[citation needed]

At the age of 19, Besa returned to Albania and started working on her debut album, which was released in 2006.[3]

Music and achievements

Besa is one of the most famous singers and public figures in Albania, Kosovo, and Macedonia.[4] She has stood out since her debut for her very distinctive voice as well as her passionate and emotional vocal delivery.[citation needed]

Besa's debut album was published on July 29, 2006. Her album "Besa" resulted in high sales: "Zonja dhe Zotërinj," "Mëngjesi Im Je Ti" "Lëshoje Hapin," etc. Her debut album was written in collaboration with well-known Albanian music industry personalities, such as Dorian Gjoni, Flori Mumajesi, Genti Lako, Andy DJ, Stine, etc.[citation needed] She was chosen to represent Albania at the MTV Exit Concert later that year. In 2006, she participated in "Notafest" Music Contest in Macedonia, where she was awarded first prize with the successful R&B single "Lëshoje Hapin." [5] She participated in the Albanian music contest "Kënga Magjike" both in 2006 and 2007, in which she won "Best Dance" with "Tani të Dua" and "Jon Music" with "Pa Yllin Tënd."

In Top Fest, another major Albanian festival, she was awarded "Best Pop & Rock" in 2007 with her hit "Unik" (Unique).[citation needed] In 2008, she won the Internet Prize Award and eventually won the festival with her hit song "Engjëjt Vrasin Njëlloj." The song remained a hit for many years.[citation needed]

In 2009, she represented Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest with the English-language song "Nothin' Gonna Change" and reached the semi-finals.[6]

She won the Best Performance award for her participation in Ohrid Fest, an international music festival in Ohrid, Macedonia, representing Albania with "Versus," a rock song.[citation needed] In 2010, she returned to Top Fest, and was awarded the Best Female Singer with her single "Kalorësi i Natës." The single was later associated with an official music video. She collaborated with well-known Kosovo singer Jehona Sopi for their feminist spirited R&B single "Nuk jam ajo" (I'm not her) which was released in October 2010.[citation needed]

In 2011, Besa released her new single "Always on My Mind," which was recorded in English.[citation needed]

Besa returned to "Kënga Magjike" in 2011 with "Botën do ndryshoja" (I'd change the world). The lyrics conveyed an inspiring message for love, big enough to change the world. The song was awarded the Critic's Award and finished third.[citation needed]

In 2012, Besa published her new single "Fishekzjarre" (Fireworks), as a competing entry in the Top Fest. The single was successful and achieved the Radio Hit Award later that year.[7][8]

Besa worked on new material in Romania in 2013, and released "Burning", which featured Romanian DJ LLP.[9][10] In the summer of 2013, Besa published a music video for her single "Folie", which became an instant hit.

In August 2013, Besa was invited to perform in Sopot International Song Festival in Sopot, Poland where she performed "Fishekzjarre." The contest featured some of Europe's greatest names in present music such as Loreen, Imany, and Caro Emerald. In September 2013, she was invited to represent Albania in "Türkçe Vizyon 2013", the Turkish Music Festival. She performed a live rendition of "Gül Pembe" by Barış Manço.

In October 2013, Besa returned to "Kenga Magjike" with "Tatuazh në Zemër" (Tattooed heart). The song was composed by Darko Dimitrov and written by Alban Skenderaj. In a tough competition with Albania's greatest names in the music industry, Besa won the contest. She also won the Best Dance Award that same night.

In December 2013, Besa published her special holiday EP "Besa për Festat - EP," with 8 traditional English songs adopted in the Albanian language. All tracks were accompanied by music videos featuring Besa and the National Orchestra performing in the center of the capital's venue, decorated in a Christmas theme.The tracks were produced by well known Darko Dimitrov, Edi Balili, Klodian Qafoku and Mario Deda. It also featured a Christmas Version of winner song "Tatuazh ne Zemer" ft. Darko Dimitrov.[11]

In 2014 Besa published "Zemrën Dot Nuk ta Lexoj" featuring Albanian rapper 2Po2, which was later accompanied by a music video. "Zemrën Dot Nuk ta Lexoj" '(Eng. "I can't read your mind")'.[12]"Zemrën Dot Nuk ta Lexoj" is one of the most successful ballads of modern Albanian Music.

In May 2014, Besa released "Mbretëreshë" (Queen), which gained positive feedback. In late-July she released "Zejemër" (from Zemër, Eng. Sweetheart) with TDS' lead singer Dr.Mic. In late-July she released "Zejemër" (from Zemër, Eng. Sweetheart) with TDS' lead singer Dr. Mic. "Zejemër" received great feedback and commercial success.[13] In early August Besa also released video-single "Arabia" (Faj Eng.Sin) featuring German rapper Gmd Babydave.[14] A video was shot in Cyprus landscapes and oriental architecture.

In December 2014, Besa published Christmas single and Album Ti Je Festa Ime.[15] "Ti Je Festa Ime" (You are my Fiesta) EP was the second version of Besa për Festat, which was the first Christmas Album published by the artist in December 2013. The single received positive reviews, and the Album was one of the most well-received projects of the year.[16] Besa is also considered the first artist in Balkan to have made a tradition of releasing holiday and Christmas albums in the Albanian Language.[17] The single "Ti je Festa Ime' was written and produced by highly recognized Darko Dimitrov, and the lyrics were written by Alex and Besa. The corresponding video showcased all the beauty and magic of Christmas and the Holiday Season. The album also featured covers of Christmas classics in Albanian which were later released as clips.

On February 14, 2015, Besa released a new video single " #14."The powerful ballad was first presented at the Mad Secret Concert. The song featured by Besa and Jericho vocalist Petrit Carkaxhiu.

A week later Besa published International Hit Single "Amelia" featuring Romanian Artist Mattyas. The song was promoted by International music label Roton Music. The video-single received great reviews, and the song became an early summer hit. In August 2015 Besa released an innovative RnB underground single "All in." The video featured a dangerous lady (portrayed by Besa) who takes revenge after a hit attempt on her life. The song was made in collaboration with famous hit-maker Florian Mumajesi and Vicky DJ, one of the most recognized DJs in the Albanian music scene.

In January 2016, Besa published the single and music video "Kameleon" (Chameleon) co-written by her and well known Albanian songwriter Kledi Bahiti. The single revealed Besa's new and innovative sound which featured a mix of styles. It also featured the first Albanian female rapper, Ansy.

On June 2016, Besa released the single "123", along with a music video. This became one of the most successful songs in Albania, partly due to the contribution of well-known music writer and producer Flori Mumajesi.

In August 2016, Besa released another summer single "Hangover." "Hangover" (written by Darko Dimitrov and arranged by Kledi Bahiti) immediately topped the charts again.

In December 2016 Besa announced she was joining the panel of The Voice of Albania as a judge and coach for the new season. Besa was voted as Albania's favorite judge later in the series by Top Channel polls.

During The Voice of the Albania season, Besa published 2 new singles and music videos, "Kokëfortë" (Eng."Stubborn") a classical ballad with a theatrical music video written by Flori Mumajesi and innovative Rnb & Hip Hop ballad "Mos m'le me ra" ( Eng. "Don't let me fall") "Mos m'le me ra" featured well known Kosovo-Albanian Rapper Elinel and topped the Albanian music charts for weeks.


Besa (2006)

  1. Si Motra
  2. Mëngjesi Im Je Ti
  3. Lamtumirë
  4. Kënga e Vetmisë
  5. Parajsa
  6. Ndale më Ngadalë
  7. Malli Im
  8. Hajde Hajde
  9. Të Dua Ty
  10. Lëshoje Hapin ("Jury's Prize" in "Notafest")
  11. Zonja dhe Zotërinj ("Hit Award" at "Mikrofoni i Artë 2005")

Besa për Festat - EP (2013)

  1. Gëzuar Krishtlindjet (Cover from "We Wish You a Merry Christmas")
  2. O Natë e Shenjtë (Cover from "O Holy Night")
  3. Natë e Shenjtë, Natë e Qetë (Cover from "Silent Night, Holy Night")
  4. Një Këmbanë po Jehon (Cover from "Jingle Bell Rock")
  5. Le të Shkojë (Cover from "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!")
  6. Zilet Tring (Cover from "Jingle Bells")
  7. Nën Qiellin Magjik Ne Do Kërcejmë "(Cover from "Winter Wonderland)"
  8. Tatuazh në Zemër (featuring Darko Dimitrov) [Acoustic]

Double CD (2015)

  1. Nuk Jam Ajo (with Jehona Sopi)
  2. Kalorësi i Natës (Best Female Award in "Top Fest 2010")
  3. Pa Yllin Tënd ("Jon Music" Award at "Kënga Magjike 2007")
  4. Always on My Mind
  5. Formula e Dashurisë
  6. Unik ("Best Pop & Rock" Award at "Top Fest 2007")
  7. Ajër (4th place at Festivali i Këngës 2008)
  8. Engjëjt Vrasin Njëlloj (Winner of "Top Fest 2008")
  9. Versus (Shqip)
  10. You Shine (Cover of "You Shine" by Genti)
  11. Blue Lagune (featuring Kelly & Freaky)
  12. E Bukura dhe Bisha (9th place at Festivali i Këngës 2010)
  13. Botën Do Ndryshoja (3rd Prize and the "Critics' Award" at "Kënga Magjike 2010")
  14. Nothing's Gonna Change (bonus track)
  15. Parajsa (bonus track)
  16. My Love Is Gone (bonus track)
  17. Never Say Goodbye (bonus track)
  18. Close Down the Lights / Inchide Lumina Saruta-ma (bonus track)
  19. Më beso (featuring Produkt 28)
  20. Tani Të Dua ("Best Dance" in "Kënga Magjike 2006")
  21. Blue Lagoon (featuring Feaky & Kelly)
  22. Fishekzjarre ("Radio Hit" at "Top Fest 2012")
  23. Burning (featuring LLP)
  24. Folie
  25. Tatuazh në Zemër ("Best Dance" and First Prize at "Kënga Magjike 2013")

Other singles (2015+)

  • Zemrën Dot Nuk ta Lexoj (featuring 2Po2)
  • Mbretëreshë
  • Zejemër (featuring Dr. Mic)
  • Arabia (Faj) (featuring Gmd Babydave)
  • 14
  • Amelia (featuring Mattyas)
  • All in (featuring Flori & Vicky DJ)
  • Kameleon (featuring Ansy)
  • 123 (featuring Florian Mumajesi)
  • Hangover
  • Kokëfortë
  • Mos m'le me ra (featuring Elinel)

Ti Je Festa Ime - EP (2014)

  1. Ti je festa ime "(Original song)"
  2. Noeli i parë (Cover from "The First Noel")
  3. Santa Claus po vjen në qytet (Cover from "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town ")
  4. Rreth pemës po këndojmë (Cover from "Rocking Around The Christmas Tree")
  5. Krishtlindje të bardha (Cover from "White Christmas")
  6. Për ditët që do t'vijnë (Cover from "Auld Lang Syne")
  7. Sonata e zileve (Cover from "Carol Of The Bells")
  8. Gëzuar Krishtlindjet (Cover from "We Wish You a Merry Christmas")
  9. O Natë e Shenjtë (Cover from "O Holy Night")
  10. Natë e Shenjtë, Natë e Qetë (Cover from "Silent Night, Holy Night")
  11. Një Këmbanë po Jehon (Cover from "Jingle Bell Rock")
  12. Le të Shkojë (Cover from "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!")
  13. Zilet Tring (Cover from "Jingle Bells")
  14. Nën Qiellin Magjik Ne Do Kërcejmë "(Cover from "Winter Wonderland)"
  15. Tatuazh në Zemër (featuring Darko Dimitrov) [Acoustic]

Awards and nominations

Kënga Magjike

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2012 "Tani Të Dua" Best Dance Won
2007 "Pa yllin tënd" Jon Music Award Won
2011 "Botën Do Ndryshoja" Critic Prize Won
Third Prize Won
2013 "Tatuazh ne zemer" First Prize Won
Best Dance Won

Kult Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2015 "Ti je festa ime" Song of the Year Nominated

Nota Fest

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2006 "Lëshoje Hapin" First Prize Won
Special Award Won

Mikrofoni i Arte

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2005 "Zonja Dhe Zotërinj" First Prize Won

Top Fest

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2007 "Unik" Best Pop/Rock Won
2008 "Engjejt vrasin njelloj" First Prize Won
Internet Award Won
2010 "Kalorës I Natës" Best Female Won
2012 "Fishekzjarre" Top Albania Radio Award Won

Video Fest Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2011 "Kalorësi I natës" Best Performance in Video Won
Best Female Nominated
Best Director Nominated
Best Pop Nominated
Best Styling Nominated
2014 "Zemrën Dot Nuk Ta Lexoj ( ft 2po2)" Best Pop Nominated

Zhurma Show Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2014 "Mbretëreshë" Best Performer Nominated
Best Styling Nominated
2014 "Zemrën dot nuk ta lexoj" Best Duo/Group Nominated
Best Video / First Prize Nominated
2015 "Amelia (ft.Mattyas)" Best Dance Nominated


External links

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