Amira Medunjanin with Ante Gelo & Zvonimir Sestak
Don’t miss Amira Medunjanin this February at QMC, a renowned performer of “Sevdalinke” – the name for Bosnian love songs. Amira was born in Sarajevo at the time when the popularity of traditional music in the former Yugoslavia was at the high tide, and sevdah held a special place for her.
Dubbed “Bosnia’s Billie Holiday” by music journalist and author Garth Cartwright, the comparison reflects the way in which Amira turns sevdah inside out, finding new contexts and forms within a tradition that is hundreds of years old.
Amira takes sevdah somewhere it has never been before: through a modern war into encounters with jazz, even excursions into psychedelia. Much like the Portuguese saudade, or the Spanish duende, sevdah expresses the state of a mournful, melancholy heart, a yearning and a hymn to a love that pains you even at its most euphoric moments.
Amira, alongside guitarist Ante Gelo and bassist Zvonimir Sestak, will showcase their unique style to audiences across Australia’s major cities on their upcoming tour. Her style is popular within the former Yugoslav countries, consistently selling out large venues overseas. Amira, Ante and Zvonimir look forward to bring this unique style to Australia too.