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Album Review

Already big in their Bosnian homeland, Mostar Sevdah Reunion won several awards with this album, which originally appeared in 2003 and is just now seeing American release. Their music aches with passion, taking its cue from the old form of the sevdah, which dates back to Ottoman times — perhaps Balkan blues is an apt analogy (the local sargija sounds remarkably like a slide guitar). Lyrically, the words deal in symbolism of unrequited love. A lot of the material comes from the tradition, but tweaked with the band's special charm, as on "Cudna Jada Od Mostara Grada," which is shifted from a 2/4 to a 4/4 beat to make it funkier. As with all their other albums, the playing is superb throughout, emotive and touching, fiery yet restrained. It's very different from most Balkan music, but that's fine; it comes as a delightful breath of fresh air.


Genre: World

Years Active: '00s

This band performs music that owes its origins to gypsy music and café life in Bosnia before the 90s Yugoslav wars. In the city of Mostar during this period there was a popular musical form, sevdalinka, which was heavily influenced by Turkish traditions. After the war, the musicians were reunited in 1998 by band founder Dragi Sesti and have developed concepts rooted in the distant past, but which bear witness to the regions recent problems. The musicians include Illijaz Delic (vocals), Mustafa Santic...
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A Secret Gate, Mostar Sevdah Reunion
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  • 11,99 €
  • Genres: World, Music, Europe
  • Released: 01 January 2003

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