Vilma Qerfozi on hit songs at the end of Albanian communism
2012-05-12 (Saturday) § 5 Comments
I was in Albania recently and sat down to chat with my former Albanian language teacher, Vilma Qerfozi, and a current Peace Corps volunteer, Sergio Munda. She recounted some of her memories from the end of the communist isolation of Albania in 1991. Here’s a snippet of our conversation.
VQ: We had the skirts of Lambada, which we found at the used clothes market. And everyone was crazy after Lambada. And after twenty years we have another song which is as popular as Lambada is, Mosa. [singing] “Mosa, mosa, assim você me mata.” And I think this is amazing, that after twenty years there is another Portuguese – no, Brazilian song playing on. But yeah, it was Lambada, everyone crazy.
SM: Lambada was the song of 1991. What was the song of 1997?
VQ: I don’t remember any song from 1997. Just the noise of the weapons. And we were amazed how there is one song in the world which is the most beautiful. And later on we learned that this is normal. Outside, like every year, there are new hits. Like, every summertime there are new hits that are popular, and each season has its popular song, like summer hits, fall hits, and so on. And then I remember this, saying that “Ah, this is normal.” You know?