Bittersweet Bosnia

Mostar Sevdah Reunion – A Secret Gate  (Snail Records/Trade root Music, 2006)

Mostar Sevdah Reunion – The Legends of Life  (Snail Records/Trade root Music, 2006)

Bosnia has suffered a lot in recent times and musicians are now bringing back joy to the Balkan nation. Mostar Sevdah Reunion continues the proud tradition of crosscultural Bosnian music. On A Secret Gate one can hear the influences of the various cultures that left their mark in the area: Turkish music and Balkan folk melodies, using fiddle, accordion, and clarinet as lead instruments along with the vocals of Mustafa Santic and Ilijaz Delic.

After the brutal destruction of most of Bosnia, Mostar Sevdah Reunion brings healing by combining virtuoso instrumentalists from the three main ethnicities present in Bosnia: Croats, Serbs and Bosniacs (Muslims). 

On The Legends of Life, Mostar Sevdah Reunion teams up with the legendary Gypsy singer Ljiljana Buttler. Her smoky sound makes you think of Cesaria Evora, with a Balkan Gypsy touch.

The Legends of Life has a European jazz cafe feel, with jazz swing jazz grooves and bluesy pieces, combining Buttler’s unique vocals with inspiring accordion, guitar and fiddle.

Buy A Secret Gate and The Legends of Life.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.