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Debbie Burke

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Sworn Virgins

Folkloric Fusion Celebrates Womanhood: AJO’s New Release

Tribal, visceral and trance-like, the new release “Besa” by composer and musician AJO (formerly Vjollca Robelli) has its roots in her family’s lineage as well as the politics of being female. The folkloric feel of this album is no accident.... Continue Reading →

The Story of “Sworn Virgins” Comes to Life

Pivoting off the folk music of her native Albania to get to jazz was not difficult for Vjollca Robelli Mripa, especially when she found she had a dire message to convey: the unbelievable story of women in a small town... Continue Reading →

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