Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa (22 August 1995) is an English singer from London. She was just 19 years old when she came with her first song. Her first album ‘Dua Lipa’ came out in june 2017. 

Is Dua Lipa Albanian?

Yes! Her parents are ethnic Albanians from Pristina, the capital of Kosovo. Thus, the famous singer is Kosovo Albanian. Like many other Albanians, Dua’s parents migrated to the West, because of violence and oppression in the 1990s. But their daughter was born in London, England.

Dua Lipa in grey clothes
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Dua Lipa in black clothes
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Is Dua Lipa from Kosovo?

Yes and no. When Dua was 11, she moved with her family back to Kosovo. So, this was around the time that Kosovo became independent. A couple of years later, she convinced her parents to go back to London, because she wanted to be a singer. World famous singer Rita Ora, is also an ethnic Albanian from England, but originally from Pristina, Kosovo. Rita Ora made one videoclip in her hometown.

Around 700 thousands Kosovars do live in Western countries. “Take the girl out of Kosovo, but can’t take Kosovo out of the girl”, said Dua Lipa once on twitter. In the summer of 2016, Dua Lipa performed in her ‘hometown’ Pristina, for the first time.

Road to succes

As a young teenager, she worked a lot to pay the bills. Because of her work as a hostess to nightclubs doors, she had enough inspiration for new lyrics. “The dramas every night, the dark side of nightlife, they became something I wanted to write about”, says the singer.

Of course, the parents of Dua Lipa were worried about their daughter, who was living abroad on her own.”My mom was like, the second I woke up I had to call her. The second I left the house I had to call. The second I got to school, the second I got home”, explains Dua to Idolator.

Dua Lipa in red hoody
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Dua Lipa looks cool
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Most streamed female artist

The biggest inspiration of the singer was her father, Dukagjin. He used to be a rock singer. As a kid, the British artist attended the famous Sylvia Young Theatre School. In 2015, Dua Lipa came with her first song, called New Love. A few months later, Be The One became her second single. And then… it went quick. Except scoring hits, she received an MTV Europe Music Award for Best New Act, in 2017. The same year, she became as the most streamed female artist in the world. In 2018, she won an MTV Europa Music Award for Best Pop. In 2019, the singer won two grammy awards.

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