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Rita Ora to pay tribute to her native Kosovo in new album

11 July 2016

Kosovo-born British popstar Rita Ora plans to share her heritage with fans in her latest album, which will pay tribute to her native homeland.

“I have specific instruments that represent my nationality, where I’m from.[...] I’m going to incorporate it together and make this album as ‘me’ as possible,” Ora told UK newspaper the Daily Mirror.

“I think it’s important to be yourself. I was very lucky to be raised in a city where I was blessed with so much to do. I can’t wait to stay in London more. But I’ve got ethnic sounds, live music and soul. I’m from Eastern Europe so you’re gonna hear some of my culture, which I’m excited about,” added the singer, who was born in Pristina but moved to London in 1991 when just a year old.

This will not be the first time that Kosovo has featured in Ora’s work. Part of the video for her 2012 track Shine Ya Light, which saw her dancing atop the city’s Newborn monument, was shot in Pristina.

“I can’t explain to you what this means,” she said at the time. “This is the only place I wanted to shoot my video.”

Source: Balkan Insight