When the football is over, we’ll be taking a special look at a nation which isn’t yet a Eurovision nation in its own right. But first, and along the same lines, let’s have a listen to N’Deti by The Bloody Foreigners, who are a London-based band of Kosovar academic rock chaps who sound like they might be quite fun. The Bloody Foreigners operate across genre boundaries, mainly concerned with hitting the groove and rocking out.
There does seem to be a lot of interesting and mysterious stuff going on in the Kosovar music scene, and I also read this lovely article about how the Rock School in Mitrovica is helping young people from divided communities communicate.
Apparently, the main Kosovan broadcaster only needs to join the International Telecommunications Union before Eurovision Song Contest participation becomes possible. Dua Lipa & Era Istrefi duet anyone? Or get Nora Istrefi in and make it a supergroup?
Two rock bands, both alike in dignity, in fair Romania and Albania is where we lay our scene.
From ancient rock, break forth nu-metal mutiny, where metal blood makes metal hands unclean.
Da Vrei – E.M.I.L [Post nu-metal introspective rock]
Bulza – Bojken Lako [Post nu-metal party rock]
I am really starting to get into French pop music. And the football is quite diverting, I suppose. Tonight’s final match is France vs Albania. France is represented by epic pop diva Shy’m who has a song called Tandem which I don’t think is about cycling. From Albania we have some quite mellow hip-hop from MC Kresha. The song is called Hip Hop and as far as I can tell, it’s the story of how much hip hop meant to the rappers as kids in a communist country.
Tandem – Shy’m [Fashion forward pop with a massive chorus]
Hip Hop – MC Kresha & Lyrical Son feat Ledri Vula [Rather old school Albanian rhymes over some rather old school Albanian samples]