Kosovo is the birthplace of contemporary music stars that are loved and adored worldwide for their unique performance and genre such as Rita Ora, Dua Lipa and the other rising star Era Istrefi. The same path seems to be followed by the well-known guitarist, Petrit Çeku, winner of several international awards, and by many of his colleagues such as composers, soprano and solo singers from Kosovo.
Other artists from Kosovo, who have won international awards and have received various prizes at international festivals, are Sanije Matoshi, Elbenita Kajtazi, Besa Llugiqi, Marigona Qerkezi, Riad Ymeri, Shkëlzen Doli, Ramë Lahaj, Memli Kelmendi, Desar Sylejmani, Ron Atiqi and Ereza Muqolli.
Music in Kosovo has been cultivated and preserved for many generations, and has played a very important role in the overall development of culture and national awareness, but also in the integration and advancement of society in general.
After the end of World War II, the art and music appassionato amplified their efforts to maintain the traditional music, folk music and light urban songs at a high level.
At a later stage, through radio and television, entertaining music, along with some hard rock, started to break through. Otherwise, music development and the creation of new genres throughout the world are regularly followed and most are cultivated as part of entertaining music.
The committed professionals of respective fields ensure that music in Kosovo develops alongside world trends, although Kosovo’s political and social circumstances were not favourable to proper music development. Initially, the renowned composer, Rexho Mulliqi, was the one who was engaged for many years in musical composition.
One of his popular creations is the song "Baresha", which was sung by the famous singer, Nexhmije Pagarusha, also known as “Nightingale of Kosovo (Bilbili i Kosovës)”, who at that time performed at concerts in different cities in the country and abroad, also performing in Israel. But at the same time, classical music was also played in Kosovo. That is why in 1948 the first musical school was opened in Prizren, and after that a second one was opened in Pristina.