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BIOGRAPHY

Eda Zari is an Albanian-German singer who was born in Tirana, Albania, in 1971. At the age of 18, she relocated to Germany.

Raised in a family of musicians, Eda Zari's journey into the world of music commenced at the age of six. Nurtured by the rich cultural heritage of the Lela Dynasty, an esteemed ensemble renowned for traditional Albanian music, known as “Famille Lela de Përmet,” she immersed herself in a vocal style rooted in a thousand-year tradition. In 2005, UNESCO officially recognized this unique vocal tradition, referred to as "Iso-polyphony," declaring it a "Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.”

 

Eda's attitude towards the roots of Balkan traditional music brings in elements which place her as firmly in the world music field as that of jazz singer. In her own words: "In seeking to penetrate into the spirit of balkan polyphony. I wanted to create an album which had elements of jazz, classical music, pop ethnic music and some flavours which we couldn't necessarily categorize at all. 

Eda Zari, a multifaceted artist, stands as a visionary force with a diverse range of roles, including music producer, singer, composer, festival curator, project manager, and activist. With a diverse background in the music industry and cultural development, she has made significant contributions to the arts and has facilitated cross-cultural collaborations.

 

 
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"The Albanian Virgin"

Presenting "The Albanian Virgin," a cinematic masterpiece by Elshani & Neary Media GmbH that delves into the compelling narrative of resilience, friendship, and empowerment in 1958 Albania.

Follow Luana and Agim as they navigate communist challenges, showcasing an enduring friendship against all odds. I, Eda Zari, contributed significantly to the creative process, handling vocal arrangements, composing singing lines, and crafting unique fragments. The soul-stirring "Lule Mali" was entirely composed by me, a testament to our collaboration with German composer Olaf Didolff.

Premiering on February 9, 2023, at Cinenova theatre in Cologne, Germany, "The Albanian Virgin" captivated audiences, transcending cultural stereotypes. The film's soundtrack, a collaboration with Didolff, blends traditional Albanian music with original compositions. Despite pandemic challenges, the result is not only successful but also incredibly inspiring.

This cinematic blessing, with outstanding performances by Rina Krasniqi and director Bujar Alimani, delivers a powerful message of love. A must-watch for those seeking a unique and thought-provoking experience.

Music by Olaf Didolff & Eda Zari

"Lule Mali" song Music by Eda Zari & Olaf Didolff Lyrics by Eda Zari

All vocals performing & arrangements by Eda Zari

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