Ronela Hajati

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Ronela Hajati
Ronela Hajati, 2021 A.png
Hajati in 2021
Born (1989-09-02) 2 September 1989 (age 32)
Tirana, Albania
OccupationSinger, songwriter, dancer
Years active2006–present
Parent(s)
  • Marash Hajati (father)
Musical career
GenresPop
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
Labels

Ronela Hajati (Albanian: [ɾɔˈnɛla haˈjati]; born 2 September 1989), also known mononymously as Ronela, is an Albanian singer, songwriter and dancer. Born and raised in Tirana, she began performing in various singing and dancing competitions as a child before pursuing a career in music. Hajati is noted for her versatility in music, style and interpretation. After winning the 60th edition of Festivali i Këngës in 2021, she was designated as the Albanian representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.

Life and career

1989–2020: Early life and formations

Ronela Hajati was born on 2 September 1989 into an Albanian family in the city of Tirana, then part of the People's Socialist Republic, present Albania.[2][3] Her mother originally hailed from Korçë while her father, Marash Hajati, was from Shkodër.[4][5] Showing interest in music from a very young age, Hajati studied both ballet and piano during her elementary school years.[6] She also participated in a series of Albanian singing and dancing competitions.[3][7] Hajati continued her early career with participations on various music events at different occasions, such as Top Fest and Kënga Magjike.[2] She rose to significant prominence in the Albanian-speaking Balkans upon the release of the acclaimed single "Mala Gata" in May 2013.[8] In late 2013, she participated in the 15th edition of Kënga Magjike with the song "Mos ma lsho", which earned her the Internet Award in the grand final.[9] In December 2015, Hajati released her follow-up single "A do si kjo" and peaked at number 13 in Albania.[10][11] The succeeding charting single, "Marre", followed in June 2016 and peaked at number 13 as well.[12]

In the span of 2017 and 2018, Hajati released four subsequent singles, including "Mos ik", "Sonte", "Maje men" and "Do ta luj", to commercial success with altogether reaching the top 30 in Albania, resepectively.[13][14][15][16] In December 2018, Hajati successfully participated at Kënga Magjike on its 20th edition with the song "Vuj" eventually finishing in fourth place.[17] In March 2019, following a certain absence, the singer released "Pa dashni" and reached number six in Albania.[18][19] Her chart success followed into June 2019 with the single "Çohu", a collaboration with Albanian rapper Don Phenom, debuting at number seven on Albania's Top 100.[20][21] Succeeding the top 10 single "Lage", Hajati scored her first number-one single with the follow-up "MVP" released later that year in September 2019.[22][23] In July 2020, the Albanian football club KF Tirana approached Hajati to produce and perform the club's anthem "Bardh' e blu" as part of celebrations to mark its centenary year.[24][25]

2021–present: RRON and Eurovision

Hajati announced her debut studio album, RRON, in March 2021.[26] Its lead single, "Prologue", debuted in the same month at number 19 on the Albanian Top 100 and rose to number two a month later.[27][28] The second single, "Shumë i mirë" which had reached number 15 in late 2021, was nominated for an award at the 2021 Netët e Klipit Shqiptar gala in Ulcinj, Montenegro.[2][29] Succeeding "Shumë i mirë", the third single, "Aventura" released in May 2021, went on to peak at number three in her native country.[30] In June 2021, Hajati collaborated with Kosovo-Albanian musician Vig Poppa on the album's fourth single, "Alo", which became a top 15 single that month.[31][32] Released in October 2021, the follow-up "Leje" eventually reached number 13.[33] The Albanian broadcaster, Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH), reported in November 2021 that Hajati was selected among the 20 contestants to compete in the 60th edition of Festivali i Këngës with the song "Sekret".[34] She was also approached in the same month to perform at the renowned Nata e Bardhë Festival in Tirana.[35] During the grand final of Festivali i Këngës in December 2021, Hajati was designated as the winner of the contest and was thus announced as Albania's representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.[36][37]

Artistry

Hajati has been noted for being versatile in her music, style and interpretation. She is primarily characterised as a pop artist, although she has been experimenting with different music genres, including R&B and reggae.[2][38][39][40] She has named American musician Michael Jackson as her idol and one of her biggest musical influences.[41] Hajati is also a fan of Puerto Rican musician Ricky Martin and attended his concert in New York City in October 2021.[42][43]

Personal life

Hajati is considered an image for body and self-confidence.[44][45][46] She is also regarded as a discreet person in terms of personal life. In 2015, she began a relationship with Albanian musician Young Zerka with whom she collaborated on numerous singles and music videos before breaking up in 2018.[47] As of December 2021, Hajati resides with her mother in Tirana.[48]

Discography

Albums

  • RRON (TBA)

Singles

As lead artist

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak
chart
positions
Album
ALB
[49]
"Requiem"
(with Orgesa Zajmi)
2006 N/A Non-album singles
"Me ty nuk shkoj" 2007
"Shume Nice" 2009
"Kam frikë te të dua"
"Harroje" 2010
"Neles"
(featuring Visari Skillz)
2011
"Nuk ka më kthim" 2012
"Mala Gata" 2013
"Mos ma lsho"
"Veç na"
(with Agon Amiga)
2014
"A do si kjo" 2015 13
"Amini" 2016
"Marre" 13
"Syni i jemi"
(with Young Zerka)
"Mos ik" 2017 21
"Ladies"
"Sonte"
(with Lyrical Son)
22
"Diamanta"
(with Young Zerka)
"Maje men" 2018 24
"Do ta luj" 18
"Vuj"
"Pa dashni" 2019 6
"Çohu"
(featuring Don Phenom)
7
"Lage" 6
"MVP" 1
"Genjeshtar je X Pare" 2020 16
"Bardh e blu"
"Prologue" 2021 2 RRON
"Shumë i mirë" 15
"Aventura" 3
"Alo"
(featuring Vig Poppa)
14
"Leje"
(featuring Klement)
13
"Sekret" 3 TBA
"Gips"
(with MatoLale)
2022 4
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist

List of singles as featured artist
Title Year Album
"Ka je 2x"
(Adrian Gaxha featuring Ronela Hajati)
2017 Non-album singles
"Dilema"
(Don Phenom featuring Ronela Hajati)
2019

Songwriter credits

List of singles as songwriter
Song Year Artist Album Ref.
"Ti se din se" 2014 Samanta Karavella Non-album singles [50]
"Anna" 2018 Young Zerka [51]
"Nuk ma nin" [52]
"Maraz" 2019 Anxhela Peristeri [53]
"Lujta" 2020 [54]
"Oj dashni" 2021 Ardit Çuni [55]

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  49. ^ Note: "The Top List" are the charts conducted by Top Channel since December 2015. For peak positions in Albania:
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Awards and achievements
Preceded by Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest
2022
Succeeded by
TBD
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