Era Istrefi (born 4 July 1994), sometimes known as simply Era (stylized as ERA), is an Albanian Kosovar singer and songwriter.
She rose to fame in Albania and Kosovo after releasing her debut single “Mani për money” in 2013, …
… which gained positive feedback and attention from the public.
Her following songs “A po don” and “E dehun”, gained the same success.
In June 2014, she won three Videofest awards for her music videos, including “Best New Artist” for her work in 2013.
In 2015 Era gained success with her song “Njo si ti” with over a million views on YouTube in a week.
Her first duo featuring well-known Kosovo rapper Ledri Vula, “Shumë pis”, became a summer hit.
In January 2016, Istrefi achieved international attention after the release of her single “BonBon“, …
Era Istrefi was born on 4 July 1994 in Pristina to Suzana Tahirsylaj, a Albanian singer in the 80s and 90s and Nezir Istrefi, a journalist.
After her father’s death in 2004, her mother quit singing, and her older sister Nora Istrefi became a singer.
Her name literally translates as “Wind” from Albanian.
Istrefi made her television debut in 2013, with her single “Mani për money”, a reggae-pop song, new to the national music industry.
The song received mainly positive criticism from the audience, becoming a hit.
A few months after her first single, she released “A Po Don?”, another song with a different style, accompanied by a provocative music video.
The song received mixed criticism to negative.
Her third single, “E Dehun”, inspired by Nexhmije Pagarusha‘s song of the same name, which also samples the lyrics and some parts of the instrumental, …
… also became a success, which assured her three Videofest Awards (Albanian Music Awards), including “Best New Artist” for her work in 2013.
In December 2014, she released a pop-ballad produced in the United States.
The music video received almost 200,000 viewers within 24 hours.
The song was featured on V Magazine as well.
In December 2015, she released the single “BonBon” with its music video shot in Kosovo inside the ruins of an Orthodox Christian Church.
One month later the song went viral on social media such as Instagram and Facebook, …
… and Istrefi began gaining international fame with support from Chloë Grace Moretz.
Istrefi has two older sisters, Nora Istrefi, also a pop-star, and Nita Istrefi, a stylist.
She has a younger brother, Bledi.
Besides Gheg Albanian, she often uses English phrases, as well.
Istrefi lives in Pristina with her mother and siblings.
She is also a supporter of LGBT rights.
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