- Mikaela Minga
City in Albania. Ruled by Ottomans from 1475 to 1913. Since the late Middle Ages, it has been the core of the Catholic Albanian-speaking community. From the mid-18th century Shkodra came into prominence as a mercantile, cultural, and political centre, a cross-roads between the Ottoman Empire and Europe. Music involved the same contexts as in other Ottoman centres in the region. From the mid-19th century, multilayered musical practices distinguished an urban culture that reached a zenith in the period ...