Mishela Rapo was born on 15 December 2000 in Tirana, Albania. Her music career has started when she was only 8 years old when she competed for the first time at the “National Festival of Children in Shkodër” with the song “Jemi një, s’jemi dy“ and won the prize for the “Best Debutation”. It was the first time for her to sing in a stage like that and it was succesful.
After this she was a part of a Talent-show in Albania, “Gjeniu i vogel 4”, where she sang live for 12 nights until the Final, and then she started studying at the National School of Music for Guitar. She has won the Second Prize for playing Guitar at the “Tirana Talent”.
Some time later she won the First Prize to represent Albania at the “10.Turkish Olympiad” among 135 other countries. She held many concerts in some of the biggest cities of Turkey such as Istanbul, Ankara, and Van. After the Olympiad she was a part of the “National Festival of Children” for the second time, and she won the First Prize singing “Pse u mërzit mami”.
In 2012, she attempted to represent Albania in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2012 with the song “Mama Mia (Te Amo)”, but did not win.
Beside these competitions, Mishela sang in some other events too, such as the Musical “We will rock you” , and the “100 vjet muzikë” where she got invited two times.
In 2013, she was a part of “The National Festival of Children” for the third time, when she won the Prize “Inva Mula” for a great career in Festivals with the song “Kam një ëndërr”.
In 2014 she attended “The First International Festival of Language and Culture” in Albania and in 2015 the Second one. In 2015 she got selected to represent Albania in Australia at the “International Festival of Language and Culture” among 18 countries such as Brazil, South Africa, Bulgaria, USA, Romania, Thailand etc.
In May she won the “51. National Festival of Tirana”, so on 21. November she’s going to represent Albania at the “Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015” with the song “Dambaje”
Mishela Rapo: “I invite all children to dance and sing with me because music knows no bounds”
Hello Mishela! First of all, congratulations on having been the winner of “Festivali 51 i femijeve” 2015!
E+: How did you feel when you were named the winner of “Festivali i femijeve”? Did you expect such an awesome ending?
I had already competed at the Junior Fest Albania 2012 with the song “Mamma mia te amo”, when Albania participated at JESC for the first time. It was not the first time for me winning a festival, but this time it was different. It was surprising and I also felt so good. I felt so good to be rewarded after all the hard work. It was the start of something great. It was a challenge to myself to convey as well as I could my song to the public. Now, I have a big responsibility because it is not “my” song any more, it is our song and I have to do my best to represent Albania worthily.
E+: How did you prepare your performance at “Festivali 51 i femijeve”? How did you spend the weeks before the final?
During the weeks before final I was working hard doing rehearsals. I prepared the performance with the director Klaudia Hila and the choreographer Fatjon Sulstarova.
E+: Tell us what your song is about. What is the thing you like the most of “Dambaje”?
I like the most the rhythm of the song and the lyrics. My song has a great message “Love and peace all over the world”. It invites all the children of the world to dance and sing together, having harmony among each other because music unites us.
E+: Will you revamp the song for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest or you will keep the original version?
I don’t really know what to say about this, but the version on YouTube is a bit noisy due to the equipments. I think we’ll work on this.
E+: Are you planning to shoot an official video clip to introduce your song “Dambaje”?
I don’t think I have an answer about this right now, because we are still waiting for a confirmation.
E+: It is too soon maybe, but have you already decided about how your stage performance will look like? How about the costume?
I’m waiting for any good idea from the organizers here in Albania. I hope the best.
E+: What do you expect from the upcoming experience at Junior Eurovision? What do you think it will mean for your musical career?
I am considering it as another competition/challenge but this time more important. I hope it will have a good influence on my musical career.
E+: Do you usually watch the senior Eurovision? Do you see yourself in the competition in the future?
I think it would be great to have the honour to step one day on that majestic stage. It is a singer’s dream nowadays, and sure it is mine too.
E+: If you had to choose an Albanian singer to compete at Eurovision, what would be your choice?
If I had to choose, perhaps it would be Elhaida Dani. I was hoping her amazing voice would be appreciated in the right way, but unfortunately nothing like this happened. However, in the ESC not only the voice matters, but also the song so without doubts I would choose the compositor of my song Adrian Hila, who has been a part of the ESC three times already.
E+: Tell us more about yourself, your favourite music style, favourite school subject, hobbies, musical career….
I don’t really have a “favourite” music genre, but if I had to choose that would be pop. I’m great at Biology at school. My hobbies include singing, playing guitar and piano, learning foreign languages, etc. My music career started when I was eight years old. I’ve been performing in many different stages so far, including national and international, for example in Turkey, Australia, and Albania. I’d like to see my road so far in two different aspects:
E+: What do you feel while singing on stage? Do you have any lucky charm you carry during your performances?
First of all, I’ve got no negative thoughts, and that matters a lot. I make sure I give my best. I like to consider me and my song as a single soul duelling in a body and a script.
E+: If you had the chance, which singer would you choose to sing in a duet with?
My choice would be Aurela Gace because of the great energy and emotions she conveys to the public. We have something in common: both representatives of Albania at the ESC.
E+: If you could be invisible for a day what would you do?
I would turn into a rainbow so all the children of the world would be happy and smiling.
E+: Can you send a message for our readers and Junior Eurovision fans?
I have five children songs with the signature of Adrian Hila and they all have beautiful and enduring messages. I want to bring in “Dambaje” to Bulgaria, so I invite them all to dance and sing with me because music knows no bounds. Thank you.
Thank you very much for your time and see you in Sofia!
“Festivali 51 i femijeve” (May 27, 2015)
Behemi nje kenge
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Let’s become a chant
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Нека да пеем заедно
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