Dafina Zeqiri (born 14 April 1989), also known as simply Dafina andDuffye, is a Swedish-Kosovan singer and songwriter.
Zeqiri first gained popularity among Albanian-speaking audiences in Europe through her performances in festivals and television appearances. This included earning titles at Kosovo’s largest talent contest Polifest for three straight years: 2007, 2008 and 2009. In 2012, she received 10 Videofest Awards nominations and won four.
2007–10: Career beginnings
In 2007, Dafina performed in Polifest Festival and is nominated for her song, “Rrallë e Përmallë,” and eventually won the competition.
In 2008, Dafina she received a BOOM Award Nomination for her song “Adios,” and was awarded with the audience award. In the same year, she launched her first album titled “Knock Down”. Shortly afterwards, in her continued participation in “Kënga Magjike,” she received the “First Magic” award with her song, “Bateritë”.
In 2009, her fame grew after a dancing competition in “Op Labi Party (New Year 2009)” where Dafina won against the most popular singers in Kosovo due to her mesmerizing voice and dancing skills. The success continued with two collaborations with known singers Blero & F-Kay with the song “La Vida Loca” and Capital T & 2po2, “Shumë Naltë”. Both songs turned into hits of the summer. In May 2009, she won “Best RNB” in Top Fest 6 with the song “Dua që ta di,” a song which was a great success. Then Duffy’e also made the a mix of the song with the acclaimed DJ-Zap. In August, she was declared as “Female Superstar 2009” in Teksteshqip.com. In September, she attended the Awards with the song “Amazing Girl” and won the audience award for the third time. During 2009, two of her clips were very successful: “Shumë Larg” (directed by Stamps Pictures) and “Amazing Girl” (Directed by Entermedia).
2010–present: National and international success In February 2010
Dafina has demonstrated that she has wonderful vocal singing skills when she sang live in RTK “Oxygen.” After this show, Dafina traveled to Australia to shoot the clip of the song in English, “Rock This Club.” The video clip of the song “Amazing Girl” by Dafina was the main winner of this year’s edition of Music Videofest, sweeping away the award for best videospot, ‘Best of All’. She was nominated in eight categories and won four of them.
In December 2011, Dafina Zeqiri released her newest album and a clip around the same time and it was a big success. In her album, the song D&G was included, a song she has made with the famous Albanian rapper Getoar Selimi, better known as “Geti”. She has already launched her clip “Tonight,” which is also included in the new album “Just Me”. She launched 2 new music videos “Veç Ti” (later translated in English as “Your Love”) and “Bloodah” which were successful.
Zeqiri’s father was distant to her and to her mother, and she quoted that they haven’t had contacts for more than 23 years. During a TV show in Klan Kosova, Dafina’s father made a public speech asking her to forgive him, but Dafina never made any replies. In 2014, Zeqiri made a song with Ledri Vula, a Kosovar rapper from Pristina, whom she dated. There were a lot of rumors regarding their relationship, but they finally confirmed it during an acceptance speech in Videofest where the couple kissed. They later broke up./Gjithqka Nga Pak