The revamped version of “Karma”, the Albanian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, has been released.
The revamped version and music video of “Karma” were released today. The song was written by Olti Curri and composed by Kledi Bahiti. In the run up to the release of the revamp, Anxhela released a series of photos on Instagram in which she wears traditional clothing of different Albanian-speaking communities.
Who Is Anxhela Peristeri?
Anxhela Peristeri was born in Korçë, Albania on 24th March 1986. She began her singing career in 2001, where she took part in Festivali i Këngës for the first time, and also entered the Miss Albania pageant in the same year. She went on to release an album three years later and has released numerous singles throughout her career.
In 2016 she made her debut at Kënga Magjike, finishing in second place with her song “Genjështar”. A year later, she returned to the contest, placing 1st with “E Çmëndur”. Her most recent attempt was in 2019 where she finished in 3rd place.
Anxhela Peristeri was selected to represent Albania at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest after winning Festivali i Këngës last December. She will perform her song “Karma” in the second half of the second semi-final on May 20th.
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Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest
Albania made their debut at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2004, the same year the televised semi-final was originally introduced to the competition. Albania succeeded in their first showing with Anjeza Shahini’s “The Image of You”, sailing through the semi-final in 4th place and eventually landing in a respectable 7th place at the grand final. Albania has competed in the Eurovision Song Contest every single year since its debut. Since the success in their original attempt, they have reached the grand final a further six times. They bettered their 2004 score in 2012 with Rona Nishliu’s song “Suus” who finished the contest in fifth place with 146 Points, their first time reaching the top 5 and their best placing to date.