Mostar Sevdah Reunion

Mostar Sevdah Reunion

 Mostar, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, BIH
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THE PIONEERS OF THE 21st CENTURY SEVDAH
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The freshness of sound is incredible, thanks to the changes in line-up recently undergone by the band. A few young musicians, full of hunger and with an impressive command of their instruments and voices, have taken the place of some of the more senior members, and have thereby pumped new blood into the band.

By bursting into the light, they bring the energy for a much-needed revival, both musically and

Biography

Mostar Sevdah Reunion have already put itself on the map of World Music at the end of 90’s .Their primary task was to promote the Bosnian traditional music- Sevdah.
“Sevdah is a traditional style of Bosnian music that goes back some 300 years or more. The name, from Arabic, means love, desire or ecstasy. “Mostar is sevdah – the greatest poets of sevdah were born in Mostar,” says Dragi ŠSestic (the founder and producer of the band) “it is deep within our town”.

Soon, after the big success of their first album, they started to perfume on the big scene: in 2000, Mostar Sevdah Reunion performed at the Amsterdam Roots Festival and Belgium’s Sfinks Festival and in 2001 in Stimmen-Lorach, Germany and the famous Nice Jazz Festival. On that special evening entitled "Blues around the World - B.B. King and Friends"; Mostar Sevdah Reunion brought the Balkan Blues to the roots of American Blues in front of 50,000 people- they performed alongside some of the greatest Blues artists: B.B.King, Van Morrison, Dr. John, Bill Wyman, Keb Mo, and Marva Wright.
Few years later they started the famous collaboration with the greatest Gypsy stars : Ljiljana Buttler (The Mother of Gypsy Soul), Saban Bajramovic and Esma Redzepova - as well as with Boban Markovic, Naat Veliov,….They are releasing the anthological albums with those artists and slowly becoming the main stone of the Balkan’s musical expression.
In following years they performed at the most prestigious festivals, concert halls, thaters, clubs like the Barbican Centre- London; Concertgebouw-Amsterdam, North Sea Jazz Festival/Netherlands ; The Newsgate- Newcastle; International Gypsy Festival- Tilburg/The Netherlands; International Jazz Festival Moers, Dusseldorf; World Music Festival Almeria/Spain; Sodra Teatern-Stockholm; World Music Festival Oslo ; Film Festival Cannes, Film Festival Berlin,….. – standing ovations followed each performance. One of the greatest TV stations of the World, BBC made 1 hour documentary for the series about the greatest World Music bands. MSR is one to represent the Balkans and their music.
Their latest CD “Café Sevdah” released in 2007 by Snail Records , brought to the spotlight big discovery of Bosnian music –singer Nermin Alukic Cerkez. His deep, emotional way of singing brought to Sevdah an extra dimension. His unique guitar style became the trade mark as same as one of Miso Petrovic- lead guitarist, which virtuosity conquered the World Music scene in all those years.
The power, the energy and the improvisation skills of the band are just so impressive that nobody can stay cool on their performance

Discography

Mostar Sevdah Reunion: «Mostar Sevdah Reunion» (1999)
Šaban Bajramovic: «A Gypsy Legend» (2001)
Ljiljana Buttler: «The Mother Of Gypsy Soul» (2002)
Mostar Sevdah Reunion: «A Secret Gate» (2003)
Ljiljana Buttler: «The Legends Of Life» (2005)
Šaban Bajramovic: «Šaban» (2006)
Mostar Sevdah Reunion: «Cafe Sevdah» (2007)
Mostar Sevdah Reunion: «Tales from a forgotten City» (2012)