goes away for the weekend, and Severina decides to tell Večernji list
what's on her long-awaited post-Štikla
album, about to be recorded in Belgrade with Goran Bregović and the Serbian folk/pop lyricist Marina Tucaković. Neretva River
are already on the story - in fact, if the link to the original interview with VL
isn't working, SFC
carries the full text as well.
After dismissing various rumours that she's married/pregnant/moving to Belgrade (which have mainly come from the direction of tabloid 24 sata
- the newspaper which did the most to start the Štikla
scandal in the first place back in February
), Severina gets around to explaining how the still untitled album is shaping up musically: Bregović is currently 'writing the melodies and notes for those brass, tin, tamburica and mandolin orchestras from Županja, Daruvar, Solin and Kaštel
' (two inland-Croatian and two coastal towns). Moreover, whether disappointingly or not:
'The new album won't be anything like Štikla at all. Although, alongside two of Bregović's songs from his version of Carmen, there'll be the tamburica and authentic [izvornih] sounds of Croatian amateur orchestras from Županja, Daruvar, Solin and Kaštel, I wouldn't call that ethno.
(Which makes a change from the Štikla
period itself, when she'd much rather have had the song called ethno than something else
In fact, it looks less like a different approach, more like a difference in content. Štikla
involved various folk song/dance forms from Dalmatia and the Dinaric Dalmatian hinterland (Lika, Zagora, Herzegovina); the album as a whole might have more in common with the time-honoured, uncontroversial Croatian formula of tamburica and mandolin (wasn't that a Zlatko Pejaković song?
), 'Pannonian' and 'Adriatic' symbols which ethnomusicologist Svanibor Pettan argues
tend to (be made to?) 'appear [...] more refined, more modern, and more Western
' in comparison to Dinaric heritage.
Rather than following in the, errr, footsteps of Štikla
, one or two songs might actually be more in the style of one of Štikla
's only serious rivals during Dora, Ivana Banfić's tamburica-pop Kad se sklope kazaljke
- and indeed, we're promised one of the tracks will be arranged by Stanko Šarić from the most famous tamburica-revival band Zlatni dukati/Najbolji hrvatski tamburaši
So far, so 1990s, perhaps. But what's that, tucked away at the end of the interview, about covering a song Bregović first wrote for the Turkish pop diva Sezen Aksu
Labels: croatia, dalmatia, ethno, folk, music, severina, slavonia