Famous for a number of her singles that made waves, including such popular singles as “Mani për money”, “E Dehun” and “A Po Don”, Era Istrefi has managed to make it to the top, mainly because she wrote most of her lyrics in the Kosovar Ghegalbanian dialect.
In the beginning, the Albanian-Kosovar singer/songwriter Era Istrefi had a hard time to find out which career path she would take, either to continue the educational career that could give her a good and comfortable job or to follow in the footsteps of her mother and famous sister and pursue the music career that could make her famous. Her final decision for the latter seems to have paid off for her because she became famous not only because she wrote her lyrics in the Kosovan dialect Gheg-Albanian, but also because of her success in combining elements of electronic, pop and reggae music in her recordings, and in her opinion she would make the same decision over and over again because making music has been her dream since her childhood.
Biography – Who is Era Istrefi?
Era Istrefi is an Albanian-Kosovar singer/songwriter born on July 4, 1995, in a music-loving family in Pristina in former Yugoslavia. Era Istrefi followed in the footsteps of her mother, who was a singer in the 1980s and 1990s, and her popular older sister Nora Istrefi, who is also a famous singer. She became a star in her native Kosovo after the release of her debut single Mani per money in 2013. Her fame continued to grow locally as she released other successful songs such as Apo do, 13, E dehun, and many more.
At the end of 2015, she dropped another single BonBon, which gained international recognition. The video of the song immediately went viral and reached over 500 million hits on YouTube. The song received so much approval from other countries around the world that she had to make an English version of the song, and it made people compare her to other popular female celebrities such as Australian sensation Sia and Barbadian icon Rihanna.
In early 2016 she signed with the popular labels Sony music entertainment and Ultra music. In June 2016, she released the English version of BonBon under these labels, followed by other singles such as Redrum, No I love you, which she released in collaboration with French Montana. It was officially announced that her upcoming album will be recorded in collaboration with RCA Records.
In 2014, back in her native Kosovo, she received great reviews for her music video E Duhun, which was shot in an abandoned church in Kristina called Church of Christ the Savior. She was accused of being blasphemous and acting demonic for dancing half-naked in and around the church.
The talented young artist is one of the few female artists commissioned to create the official song for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia 2018. Other artists involved include Nicky Jam, music producer Diplo and legendary actor Will Smith. The official World Cup theme song, Live It Up, was released on 25 May 2018.
Era Istrefi’s Family
Era Istrefi is a duel nationalist of both Kosovo and Albania. She was born in Pristina, Kosovo, the daughter of the late filmmaker and journalist Nezir Istrefi and the retired singer Susana Tahirsylaj. Era grew up together with her three other siblings Nora Istrefi, Nita Istrefi (both girls), and her brother Bledi Istrefi. Her father died in 2004 when she was only 10 years old. Suzana Tahirsylaj had to choose between a career as a singer and caring for her children, and she decided to move her career as an entertainer to other areas to be there for her children.
Singing is definitely in the veins of the ladies of the Istrefi family. Their mother Suzana and Era are not the only singers in the family. Their first daughter Nora Istrefi is also a singer and very popular in her country. Nora is an R&B singer, born on 25 March 1986, and is married to her colleague Robert Berisha. The couple has been married for almost 4 years and has a daughter named Renè. Nora started her music career at the age of 18 and became known for her songs like Le mama and Big love, which led to several charts.
At the beginning of this year, there was speculation that Era Istrefi was with her manager Faton Shosi, but the two quickly dismissed such rumors that linked them in a romantic relationship. Since then Era has not opened up to the media about their personal relationships, she seems to be more focused on her career.
Era Istrefi has dual citizenship as she is a citizen of her native Kosovo and Albania.
She is also a model that she once modeled for the sinful colors.
Her birth sign is cancer.
The beautiful Albanian blonde is also called the Eastern European Rihanna and is worth 2.7 million dollars.
Istrefi is a strong fan of Kanye West. She said that his songs give her strength.
The era is 5 feet 9 inches tall and her weight is 66 kg.