2013: Adrian Lulgjuraj & Bledar Sejko - Identitet

The duo, Adrian Lulgjuraj and Bledar Sejko are both well known musicians in Albania at the rock music scene which they will bring to Malmö this year. Their song is titled Identitet (Identity) for the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest, but they have already found their identities on the edge of rock music despite they will sing about finding self-identity.

Adrian Lulgjuraj is a 32 years old lawyer, but also a succesful musician. He admits he’s feeling like a mutant Titan (like in the movie, Hulk) when on stage. He’s now at his 6th year in music but his first musical release came out in 2011 with the song Te Mori Nje Det. The song also participated in Top Fest 8, but the winning award has come a year later at Top Fest 9 with the second release, Evoloj.

In addition to the Top Fest events and single releases Adrian gave various contests in Balkans, including Montenegro, Kosovo, Albania and Macedonia. Last year, he was also a coach assistant in an idol contest called The Voice of Albania.

Bledar Sejko who is 42 years old, is more experienced than Adrian – not only because of his age – he started to sing when he was just 12. Fortunately, Bledar had a great father who discovered his talent on playing guitar, he was also very supportive with encouraging his son to take special music lessons.

Bledar’s luck shined like a star in 1987 when he participated in an international musical event and he was awarded with runner up in the Festivali i Këngës with the song Qeshu Rini. In addition to this success, he also participated in 1992, 1993, 2005 and 2007 festivals but he broke the duck at last this year at the historical competition.

Bledar decided to found a rock band, Megahertz in 1990 and continued with them till 1997 when he had to leave his country for Italy where he lived for seven years. In 2011, he was the backing singer of Aurela Gaçe at the Eurovision Song Contest, where they failed to qualify to the final in the first semi-final. This year, Bledar will be pushing it to qualify to the final with his partner, Adrian.

Participant Profile

  • Year 2013
  • Song title Identitet
  • Song writer(s) Eda Sejko
  • Language Albanian
  • Video

In the semi final

  • Which semi final? Semi-Final 2
  • Starting position 14
  • About the selection

    The selection Festival i Këngës has decided the Albanian participant at the Eurovision Song Contest since 2004 – the year that Albania decided to join the Eurovision family but it’s more classical in the country as it was held for the 51st time this year with two semi-finals and a final shows. Traditionally, the shows took place in Palace of Congresses in Tirana. 2011 Eurovision Song Contest winners, Ell & Nikki, last year’s Albanian representative, at Eurovision, Rona Nisliu, were amongest the guests. Meanwhile, a special message was announced during the show by Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, Jan Ola Sand.

    This year in the festival, twenty-six acts in total were divided in to two semi-finals where a lucky eighteen got the chance of fighting the battle for Malmö 2013. One of the qualifiers, Ani Çuedari, was disqualified due to an authorship request later. Albania’s first ever representative, Anjeza Shahini, who also got the second best placing for her country at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007, and 2009 finalist, Kejsi Tola, was back for another try this year. They’re also followed by some heavy guns of Festival i Këngës who have several participations including Dr. Flori and Rosela Gjylbegu

    The winning act decided by an expert jury as in the previous years. Former representative at this year’s festival Anjeza and Kejsi both succeed to place on top 5 at the end. The top five was as it follows:

    • Adrian Lulgjuraj & Bledar Sejko – 74 points
    • Anjeza Shahini – 72 points
    • Hersi Matmuja – 48 points
    • Kejsi Tola – 42 points
    • Merland Kademi – 40 points
  • About the song

    The Albanian song, Identitet, is an up-tempo rock song which could be considered as a ‘hard rock’ but some traditional elements in the melody make it less irritative when listening loudly. The composer of the song is one of the vocalists, Bledar Sejko, and the song is written by Eda Sejko. 

    The meaning of the word, Identitet – as many thought at the first hearing – means identity. It is about the passion of a person who is travelling a lot to find self-identity.

  • Lyrics

    Identitet

    Kam ardhur nga larg
    Nën pluhurin e kohës gjeta ré edhe mallkim
    U gjenda unë shumë pranë
    E preka veç flakë e zjarr
    Unë fola veç në heshtje
    Desha pak jetë, lavdi
    Dhe kur ndava ëndrrën
    Gjeta një rreze dritë, pak frymë si ti


    I ardhur nga larg, ke etje, ke mall
    Kur sheh çdo gjë që ndryshon
    Vetë jeta ikën shkon
    Ti te kjo gjuhë po kërkon
    Eshtë vendi ku u linde, rrite, ndave trimërinë,
    E fale dashurinë ndër vite,
    Vrapove ti gjete lirinë


    Na rriti kjo tokë
    Do flasim ne veç një gjuhë
    Kështu s'do ketë me lot
    Do gjendesh kudo nëpër botë
    I huaj më s'do jesh
    Le të jete fillimi ri
    Ne bashkë në vëllazëri
    Se kur ndava ëndrrën
    Gjeta një rreze dritë, pak frymë si ti
    Vrapove ti gjete lirinë
    Një rreze dritë pak frymë si ti
    Vrapove ti gjete lirinë



    Një rreze dritë pak frymë si ti
    Vrapove ti gjete lirinë

  • Lyrics in English

    Identity

    I came from far away
    Under the dust of time I found clouds and curse
    I was standing too close
    I touched only flame and fire
    I spoke only in silence
    I wanted some life, glory
    And when I shared the dream
    I found a ray of light ... a little breath like you ...


    Coming from far away
    You're thirsty, you're craving
    When you see everything changes
    Life itself going by
    You're searching in this language
    It's the place where you were born and raise
    You shared bravery
    And you gave love through years
    You ran... found freedom ...


    We were raised by this land
    We'll speak in one language
    So there will be no more tears
    You'll be found anywhere around the world
    You won't be a stranger any more
    Let it be a new beginning
    We together in brotherhood
    When I shared the dream,
    I found a ray of light ... a little breathes like you ...
    You ran... found freedom...


    A ray of light ... a little breathes like you...
    You ran... found freedom...