Sevdalinka

Round Table
Dr. Dženana Buturović, Tamara Karača-Panić, Beba Selimović, Emina Zečaj, Vesna Hadžić, Omer Pobrić, Čamil Metiljević; moderator: Ognjen Tvrtković

Women in the Bosnian traditional song

The sevdalinka used to be the most common kind of song in the city centres of Bosnia-Herzegovina under the Ottoman Empire. It was born at the meeting point of civilisations, so there are various cultural and musical elements from the cultures which were predominant in that area. Islam, eastern values and world-views, as well as musical influences are, of course, predominant, but they are not the only ones dictating the content of sevdalinka.
Sevdalinkas are love songs in which a man and a woman sing about ungratified love, and about other aspects of life place in the urban environment of that time. There have always been numerous obstacles between men and women, especially because of Islamic norms and way of life, and these songs seem to be an attempt to overcome this.
A musicologist, Tamara Karača-Panić, the folk music editor of BiH Radio., Dr. Dženana Buturović, Head Curator of the National Museum in Sarajevo, eminent interpreters of sevdalinkas, Beba Selimović, Emina Zečaj and Vesna Hadžić, an accordion player and collector of sevdalinkas, Omer Pobrić, and a musician, Čamil Metiljević, will try to define the position of women in these kinds of songs and folk lyrics. The discussion will be chaired by journalist Ognjen Tvrtković. There will be a presentation of three collections of sevdalinkas which were published during the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina. 

Supported by: Open Society Institute Slovenia; Open Society Fund - Bosnia & Herzegovina; Slovenian National Commission for UNESCO

Date and time of event: 
Oct 19th 15:00
Place of event: 
Cankarjev dom, E3