Tarifa was born in Tirana, Albania on 30 March 1982. She began her career in 2001, participating in Kënga Magjike with the song "Ika larg". In 2002, she participated at Festivali i Këngës 42 with the song "Qëndroj", and managed to qualify to the final. In 2006, Tarifa took part in Kënga Magjike with the song "Rreth zjarrit tënd", and finished 4th in the competition with 154 points. She was also awarded the Çesk Zadeja Prize. The following year, Tarifa took part in Festivali i Këngës 46 with the song "E para letër". In the final, she was awarded 11 points and placed tenth out of seventeen. In 2008, she participated in Kënga Magjike again with the song "Zëri im" and earned 577 points. In 2010, she competed in Top Fest 2010 with the song "Me veten". She went on to win the competition, and later worked as a host on the television program Portokalli on Top Channel for many years.
After a hiatus, Tarifa returned to Festivali i Këngës in 2015 with the song "Përrallë". She went on to win the competition, representing Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden. She performed her song on May 12, 2016 on the second semi-final of the competition, but didn't make it to the final.