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Meet Dua Lipa, the British-Kosovar star who bagged Best New Artist at NME awards

17 February 2017

Kosovo is fast developing a name for itself in the world of pop — think Rita Ora and Era Istrefi. Now add rising star Dua Lipa to your list of ones to watch.

Born in London to Kosovar-Albanian parents, 21-year-old Lipa took home the award for Best New Artist at the V05 NME awards on Wednesday. The singer, who spent part of her teenage years living in Pristina, also gave a very well received performance of her track Be the One on the night.

Lipa’s smoky sound combines catchy pop with a healthy dose of grit — watch out for her much awaited self-titled debut studio album, set for release on 2 June 2017.