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Nexhmije Pagarusha

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Birth name  Nexhmie Pagarusha
Name  Nexhmije Pagarusha
Years active  1948-1984

Occupation(s)  Singer, actress
Origin  Pagarushe, Malisevo
Role  Singer

Born  7 May 1933 (age 82) Malisevo, Kingdom of Yugoslavia (today Kosovo) (1933-05-07)

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Nexhmije Pagarusha (born 7 May 1933) is a popular Albanian singer and actress from Kosovo, often referred to as the queen of Albanian music.



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Nexhmije Pagarusha was born in the small village of Pagaruša (Pagarusha in Albanian), near the town of Malishevë, in Kosovo. She finished the primary school in Mališevo and then went to Belgrade, where she attended three years in the school of music, in the solo canto section. She began her music career as a singer for Radio Pristina in 1948.

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Her musical creative work lasted for almost 40 years, and it is very hard to say, which genre she belongs to, because she sang almost all of them. Her interpretations in folk music were exactly as perfect as her interpretations in the classic music, especially opera. Pagarusha is loved by the music critics and adored from the music admirers. She is called Bilbili i Kosovës (Nightingale of Kosovo), queen of Albanian music, Madam Butterfly, etc.

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She gained great popularity not just in her own country but also in other European countries, such as Albania, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria etc. She led several tours with the music ensemble Shota in these countries, and also in Israel. In Kosovo, she gained the title Këngëtare e shekullit (Singer of the century).

The song, Baresha (English: The Shephardess), is one of her most popular songs. It was composed by her husband, Rexho Mulliqi and the text was written by Rifat Kukaj. Pagarusha played in many theatre stages and movies and also as an actress she won many prizes.

She ended her music career in 1984 after holding a huge concert in Sarajevo. In 2000 she sang a song called Për ty ("For you") in an Albanian TV show, after 16 years of absence. Now she works as a senior adviser for music on Radio Kosova and in Radio Blue Sky, both located in Pristina.
She was awarded the "Honor of the Nation" award (Albanian: Nderi i Kombit) from Albanian president Bujar Nishani in November 2012.


Pagarusha has interpreted more than 150 songs. Some of her most successful ones are:


  • Makedonska krvava svadba, Albanian: Dasma e përgjakur, English: Bloodshed at the Wedding (1967) as Nedžmije Pagaruša
  • Jugovizija, Albanian: Jugovizioni, English: Jugovision (1973)
  • Gëzuar viti i ri, English: Happy New Year (1976)
  • E kafshoja terrin, English: Biting the darkness (1977)
  • I ikuri, English: Gone (1980)
  • Tre vetë kapërcejnë malin, English: Three people overpass the mountain (1981)
  • Lepuri me pesë këmbë, English: The Five-Legged Hare
  • Fluturimi i Micakut, English: Micak's flight
  • Daullet e të çmendurve, English: The drums of the crazy ones
  • Rexha i nënës në grazhd të kalit, English: Mother's son Rexha in the stall
  • Vrasësit bëjnë dasmë natën (1997), English: The killers throw a wedding at nighttime
  • References

    Nexhmije Pagarusha Wikipedia