- Mikaela Minga
(b Shkodra, Albania, May 11, 1930; d Tirana, Albania, May 19, 2006). Albanian singer . She grew up in Shkodra, in close contact to the rich urban musical tradition of the city and its main leaders. She gave a few performances on Radio Shkodra. In the mid-1940s, she moved to Tirana. For two years she studied singing at the Arts Lyceum, with Jorgjie Truja; then she got involved as a soloist of a Shkodra musical ensemble that performed and recorded for Radio Tirana. The latter was directed by Paulin Pali, a key figure in the traditional repertory of Shkodra and for her future career. In 1952 she performed as a soloist in the Albania Philharmonic (Filarmonia Shqiptare) and in 1952 in the so-called Estrada troupe (a type of revue theatre). After that, she entered the State Ensemble of Folk Songs and Dances (Ansambli Shtetëror i Këngëve dhe Valleve Popullore) and for almost 30 years was one of the most prominent female protagonists. Together with Bik Ndoja, she performed and popularized Shkodra’s urban songs or newly composed pieces inspired by them. She handled them with a soprano coloratura voice. She taught courses of traditional singing to younger musicians....