Parashqevi Simaku was born in 1966 in Kavajë, Albania. She is a popular and beloved singer from Albania. As a teen she represented Albanian culture, singing folk songs on national television and radio and performing to international audiences.
Simaku won many competitions and awards, worked with many well-known composers and musicians, ventured into modern pop and created the first music videos in her country.
currently living in New York City, Simaku writes and produces recordings with her American husband, guitarist Robert Nolfe. Simaku made a modern world music album, Echoes From Iliria, that is rooted in undiscovered Eastern-European folk traditions.
* Echoes From Iliria Jehone nga Liria (Reincarnate Music, 2006)
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.