Qerimeja [Qerime Baki]
- Mikaela Minga
(b Korça, Albania, 1898?; d Korça, 1968). Singer and dajre (frame drum) player . Qerimeja performed in the city of Korça from the early 1920s up to the early 1960s. A Roma musician, whose voice ranged between mezzosoprano and alto registers, she was hired to play and sing for female guests for wedding celebrations and in local festivities. She performed women’s songs and love songs, both solo and with saze accompaniment, a typical musical ensemble of her time, usually consisting of clarinet, violin, laouto, baglama, and frame drum. These performances made her popular in the musical life of the city. In the early 1930s her saze renderings of traditional songs from the area were recorded by His Master’s Voice. Qerimeja’s descendants have been musicians as well. The most acclaimed was her grandson, Novruz Nure-Lulushi (1954–90). He played different instruments including accordion, dajre, kaval, and laouto, but was best recognized as a clarinet performer (...