Today’s Feature, 15th and 16th AUG: Armando “Andi” Margjeka

August 15, 2007 at 5:10 am (Uncategorized)

andifeat.jpgThere is more to Armando “Andi” Margjeka than a single album or song that makes him one of the most talented Albanian imports the United States has ever seen. You can find this out easily, simply by having a conversation with him about his craft. The way this singer/songwriter describes his passion for creating music completely reflects the quality of his songs and lyrics. Personally, I was blown away by some of his answers to the PensEyeView XXQ’s. For example; while reflecting on his first live performance (at the age of 12 in his hometown of Tropoja), Andi recalls stealing the show from a would-be performer with his own rendition of Elvis’ “Blue Suede Shoes.” He told us that the sensation he felt was like “a disease he could never get rid of.” Margjeka grew up listening to the echoes and thuds of American Rock N’ Roll, falling in love with the sounds of Elvis Presley, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard – but it was Aerosmiths, “Get a Grip,” that “addicted” Andi to making music. After traveling to America and spending some time in New York, Andi invested most of his life savings and recorded an album with the help of his close friend, Brian Shea Powers. From songs of resentment towards the communist regime of Albania, to morose melodies dissecting the rickety nature of personal relationships – every piece means so much to him as an artist. After creating his first song, Margjeka remembered thinking that he finally had his “first valuable thing that money could not buy.” You can see and hear this fervor in Andi’s performances, where he sees the stage as the only place that “he can be the person he was born to be.” Check out his XXQ’s at and then head down to The Red Lion on Bleecker Street in Greenwich, New York to see for yourself.


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