The Albanian Music offers variety of influences with varying folk music traditions such as ghegs in the North and Tosks in the south. The political, military and cultural domination elements have made many contributions for this Albanian music. Albanian music is basically a fusion of music of south Eastern Europe that basically comes from the Ottoman Empire which ruled almost for five hundred years.
Folk music of Albania
The folk music of Albania divided into stylistic groups which comprises of the rugged and heroic tone of north, relax and gentle tone of south. These desperate styles of folk music make performers and listeners unified and also give the patriotic feel to the listener.
The folk songs are divided in to various categories on the basis of various festivals and occasions such as melodic lullabies, wedding music and work songs.
Some of the famous Albanian folk musicians are Altin Shira, Dede Gjon Luli, Fatima Sokoli, Eli Fara, Flora Ghashi, Gentia Ismaeli, Marsela, and Fatrim Dule and many more that enhances the beauty of music with their beautiful voice.
The city of Korea is considered to be the cultural capital of the Albanian music. Tirana is capital of Albania and is considered to be the home of the popular music which is dominated by the Romani Music which becomes popular among some emigrant communities at international level. The Western Europe and United States all get influenced from the Albanian Music which give rise to new form in Albanian music such as rock music, hip hop music and pop music.
Vace Zela and Nexhmijie are the best voices among the contemporary Albanian Music. The first person who makes a successful career is Tirana and other one is prishtina.
The music of Albanian displays varieties of influences and is differing on the basis of region. The basic difference occurs on the style of singing such ghegs is popular in the north and tosks for the south. The most popular music of Albania is Korea Shkoder and Tirana.
The urban art song of Albanian music is considered to be a major musical heritage according to the ethno musicologist and these urban songs of Albania are influenced strongly by the music of ottoman. The major instruments used in the Albania Music are cifteli and sharki which have been used in bands since Second World War. These instruments are performed well at the time of weddings and occasions.
The major instrument of Albania music in northern India is home made wind instruments that are traditionally used by the shepherds. The shepherd music is contemplative and melancholic in tone.
Modern classical music of Albania
The most popular and well known composer of modern Albanian classical music was Mart Gjoka who composed variety of vocal and instrumental music by using the elements of urban art song and folk melodies of the northern highlands.
The composers relied much on the rich heritage of the Albania music that involves various types of folk melodies, dance rhythms with the use of various folk instruments that add beauty in the Albania music which is always praised in the restrictive environment.