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Musically Challenged: Ceca in Croatia and Vice Versa

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Ceca’s  recent announcement about the possibility of making a concert in Croatia provoked an outrage in Croatian society. Some people don’t like Ceca because of her relationship with Arkan, others don’t like anything coming from Serbia because it reminds them of Serbia, and there are quite possibly even those who don’t like Ceca’s music. Of course, after all this public outrage, Serbian folk star with the gigantic boobs decided to wait for the better times, when everyone hopefully forgets about the war and stuff like that.

But did you know that Ceca is not the only artist unwelcome in former enemy countries because of her past or her statements?

Bora Djordjevic “Corba” (wiki) is a rock legend from Serbia with a carrier spaning over three decades. Unfortunately, he is also a nationalist who thinks surrounding countries are the enemies of Serbian people. Because of his fascist statements he is persona non grata in Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia (Republika Srpska excluded).

Miso Kovac (wiki) is a Croatian ballad singer who was popular throughout the former Yugoslavia, but got angry with Serbia during the war and still holds to his oath never to sing in Belgrade.

Thompson (wiki) is a popular Croatian power ballade folk metal (I don’t know really if there is a genre for this, somebody help) band who often has problems singing abroad because of the nazi fans among their audience and using Ustase iconography in their performances.

Oliver Dragojevic (wiki), Croatian pop star is enormously popular in Serbia, but for reasons unknown to me refuses to come sing here.

There are also those who had some controversial statements during the war, but decided to take the leap and tour the neighborhood.

Jura Stublic (wiki) made a controversial song during the war about the conflict, but didn’t face any problems in Serbia while performing it in Belgrade.

Tereza Kesovija (wiki) gave her word that she will never sing in Serbia, but did so last week when she was greeted by packed concert halls in Belgrade and Novi Sad.

Dino Merlin (wiki), Bosnian folk pop star, never performed in Serbia after the war and was very mysterious about the reasons for not doing that, but is now contemplating making a gig in Belgrade Arena.

These examples are, of course nothing compared to the number of singers and bands who cross the border and perform on alien territory without any problems whatsoever, mostly because they didn’t make any problematic statements during the conflict, but remained normal.

This also doesn’t mean that the artists with problematic statements are not popular among the members of the opposite nation. Quite the contrary, Ceca is extremely popular in Croatia, even among the most nationalistic of Croatians. My theory is that the reason of her popularity in Croatia is the same as in Serbia – it’s not so much her songs as her pornstar looks.


7 Responses to “Musically Challenged: Ceca in Croatia and Vice Versa”

  1. Catherine Baker says:

    Last year Zala Volcic and Karmen Erjavic published a paper in Popular Communication based on interviews with young female students in Slovenia and Croatia which aimed to find out why Ceca was such an appealing figure as she was to many of them – in part, they trace it to her being a (very problematic) image of female empowerment. Just in case you can access the article itself, it’s here:

    In terms of folk metal, btw – it very much is a genre (particularly associated with Finland!), although if one understands metal as a sociological concept not just a style of music, Thompson wouldn’t necessarily belong to it because of where he stands politically and the characteristics of his fan base. (At risk of self-advertising, I discussed this in my book when it came out last year :) ) I don’t know whether it’s even possible to classify him into a genre in English, they don’t map on to each other very well!

    Oliver is still a mystery, although I trust him to have well thought out reasons for still not performing where you are… :/

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  4. Marko says:

    Actually, Bora Djordjevic “Corba” plays concerts in Slovenia on the regular. And he is by no means a fascist.

  5. Singing4-1supper says:

    in the end money is just too great an incentive

  6. Guile says:

    Thompson is pop and bad, although the correct would be to say I don’t like it. All they have is their fanatism for Croatia.

    The most of them are dinosaurs, really… Young people don’t care. Luckly the best ones like Dubioza Kolektiv, S.A.R.S. or Elemental are open minded and they give a s*** about all that stuff.

  7. Milos Kaurin says:

    The best folk-metal in Serbia is “Pero Defformero” band. They play all kinds of metal/rock styles, accompanied by a lead singer who sings like a (turbo)folk singer.

    They are VERY popular in Novi Sad, and every gig so far in Belgrade was packed. They are planning a gig in the main hall of SKC this year. I bet it will be packed too.

    This is the only official video of the band i know of.

    You can find their other songs on Youtube in the related section, or better yet: buy their album in most music shops :)

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