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New Artists Revive Sound of Sevdah in Bosnia

The sound of the traditional form of Balkan folk music known as sevdah is hitting the airwaves afresh as a new generation of Bosnian musicians releases new tracks.

Damir Imamovic. Photo: Amer Kapetanovic

Damir Imamovic

The popular vocalist-guitarist from Sarajevo was born into a family of musicians including his grandfather, Zaim Imamovic, a sevdah legend from the mid-20th century.

The award-winning musician is also a researcher into sevdah, a musical form whose roots date back as far back as the 15th century.

The rich music of sevdah centres on themes of melancholic longing or love for a person or place.

Imamovic’s most recent album, Dvojka, was released earlier this year.

Amira Medunjanin

Sarajevo-born Amira is celebrated as one of a new generation of artists reviving the historic folk music form of sevdalinka – sevdah for short. 

The singer, sometimes called Bosnia’s Billie Holiday, learned the melancholy sounds of sevdah from her mother.

Amira releases a new album "Damar" on October 18 in Croatia, including two original songs.

This song, “Pjevat ćemo šta nam srce zna”, or, “We’ll sing what our hearts know”, is available now on YouTube.

Bozo Vreco

Another of the young generation of Balkan folk singers is self-taught sevdah musician Božo Vrećo, from the eastern Bosnian town of Foca.

His most popular song on YouTube is a cappella song, "Lelija", that encapsulates the mournful themes of the musical form. 

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