Artists

Besa

Besa Kokedhima is a very well known Albanian singer and performer. She stands out for her very distinctive voice, capturing charisma, and very emotional deliverance of songs. Her passionate approach to music and her dedication to presenting art at it's finest make her one of the Top dearest artists in Albania, Kosovo & FYR of Macedonia.

Life, Music & Achievements

Besa Kokedhima was born on the 29th of May 1986.
She originally comes from Qeparo, Himara a city in the South of Albania.
Daughter of Koco Kokedhima, an early Albanian mathematician and entrepreneur, and Brixhida Kokedhima, mathematician and business manager.

She spent some years of her childhood in Qeparo with her grandmother, and her teen age in Fier, where her family lived at the time.
She was continually involved in school music activities as a solo singer, where she was inevitably noted for her singing and music talent.
She was praised for the special color and tone of her voice.
Her music passion became obvious to her parents, reluctant to encourage her to pursue a musical career.
However they did provide her piano lessons to satisfy her music passion.

At the age of 15 she moved to England (UK) for her High school studies.
At the age of 17 she was the winner of "UK International Students Talent Contest" in which she was supposed to compete as a pianist, later switched to singing as her piano teacher, introduced to her singing shortly before the show, got very enthusiastic about her voice.

Despite the distance, In 2002 Besa appeared in Albanian Music Festival "Mikrofoni I Arte" as a special guest, covering one of her favorite songs at the time "Street Symphony" by Monica.

A year later, her debut song "Me beso" written by highly successful producer Florian Mumajesi, a featuring with then newly formed Albanian group Produkt 28, resulted a success, being awarded the Major Prize in Albanian Music Festival "Mikorofoni I Arte" 2003.

At the age of 19 she permanently returned and settled in Albania, and started working on her debut album which was published on July 29th in 2006.
Her album "BESA" resulted in high sales for it's big hits at the time "Zonja dhe zoterinj", "Mengjesi im je ti" etc.

Her debut album was written in collaboration with well known Albanian music industry personalities such as Dorian Gjoni, Florian Mumajesi, Genti Lako, Andy Dj etc.

She was chosen to represent Albania at the MTV Exit concert, later that year.

She participated in Albanian Music Contest "Kenga Magjike" both in 2006 & 2007 which she was awarded respectively "Best Dance" with "Tani te dua" and "Jon Music" with "Pa yllin tend".

In 2006, she participated in "Notafest" Music Contest in FYR of Macedonia, where she was awarded the Jury's 1st prize with successful R&B single "Leshoje Hapin".

In "Top Fest" another major Albanian festival, she was awarded "Best Pop & Rock" in 2007 with her hit "Unik" and in 2008 she won the "Internet" and the 1st prize with her major hit "Engjejt vrasin njelloj".

She participated in Romania's Eurovision Pre-Selection with an English single "Nothin' gonna change", which got very good reviews thus listing her among the finalists of the event.

She was awarded "Best Performance" for her participation in International Music Festival in Oher, "Ohrid Fest" representing her country with rock single "Versus".

In 2010, she took part in Albanian Music Festival "Top Fest 7", in which she was awarded the "Best Female Singer" with her single "Kaloresi i Nates" which was lately associated with an official music video.

She collaborated with well known Kosovo singer Jehona Sopi for their "feminist" spirited R&B Hit single "Nuk jam Ajo" which was published in October 2010.

Besa's video to date is her summer Hit single "Always on my mind", which is an English record.
Besa has lately appeared as a special guest in several concerts & events as the exclusive opening act for international artists such as Uli Jon Roth/Scorpions, Planet Funk, One Republic, Melanie Fiona, Manu Chao etc.

Besa has announced her new album "EVOLUTION" is expected to be published later this year.

Genre/Style

Pop & Rock, R&B, Soul.

Besa's Pages

Besa's Official Page
www.besa-kokedhima.com

Besa's Official Facebook
www.facebook.com/BesaKokedhima

Follow @Besa on Twitter
www.twitter.com/BesaKokedhima

Besa's YouTube channel
www.youtube.com/BesaKokedhima

Other websites: 

http://www.ilike.com/artist/Besa+Kokedhima
http://www.myspace.com/BesaKokedhima
http://soundcloud.com/besa-kokedhima
http://www.reverbnation.com/BesaKokedhima