February 22, 2024

Longing and lost love. The Sevdah urban song of Sarajevo. The Second Episode of the UNIMED Podcast is online

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Longing and lost love. The Sevdah urban song of Sarajevo is the second episode of Mediterranean Intangible Heritage Soundscape, a podcast by Paolo Scarnecchia, produced by UNIMED.

This episode will let us travel in the Bosnian musical tradition, and in particular in the city of Sarajevo.

Unrequited love is the fuel of the melancholic fire that burns in the heart of the Bosnian urban song of Sarajevo. Longing, desire, jealousy, are the main subjects of the lyrics of the sevdah that has its roots in the Ottoman era and more generally in the Near East musical sensibility. Damir Imamović, interviewed in this episode, is a new generation singer and composer with a deep knowledge of the traditions of this heritage that represents the sounding soul of the city. He grew up in a family of musicians and he is the nephew of the prestigious and beloved Zaim Imamović one of the historical protagonist of the sevdah scene of the 20th century.

Listen to Longing and lost love. The Sevdah urban song of Sarajevo.


About Damir Imamović

Damir Imamović is a musician, a singer and a composer from Sarajevo. He works on Bosnian traditional music and in particular on Bosnian love song, called sevdah. Growing up in a family of sevdah bards, Damir was immersed in the world of Balkan traditional music at a very young age. He started tracing his own path in sevdah in the early 2000s. Damir’s art is deeply rooted in his research and educational work. Apart from his performances, Damir teaches within his own SevdahLab project.

More information about Damir Imamović is available here http://en.damirimamovic.com/about.


Discography of the episode

Disclaimer Mediterranean Intangible Heritage Soundscape is a podcast by Paolo Scarnecchia, produced by UNIMED, Mediterranean Universities Union. Musical works included in the Podcast are used for purpose of illustration for teaching, and not for commercial purposes.

Intro

Damir Imamović in Sevdah Takht

Sarajevo

Damir Imamović in Dvojka, Glitter Beat

Okreni se niz djul bascu (Hamid Dizdar – Isak Samokovlija)

Zaim Imamović

available on Sevdah Treasure Soundcloud page

Pokraj Save bagrem drvo raste (traditional)

Emina Zečaj and Selim Salihović

available on Sevdah Treasure Soundcloud page

Izidji der Fato (traditional)

Zaim Imamović and Alajbegović-Petković

available on Sevdah Treasure Soundcloud page

https://soundcloud.com/semir-vranic/zaim-imamovic-izidi-der-fato-prvi-snimak https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asrU2PSHN_0

Ženi majka na silu Omera (Mother forced Omer into getting married)

Rasema Katama

available on Sevdah Treasure Soundcloud page

Novo fado da Severa (Frederico de Freitas)

Dina Teresa available on Museu do Fado website

https://arquivosonoro.museudofado.pt/interprete/184/dina-teresa

Rado, Kćeri Rado (traditional / D. Imamović)

Damir Imamović Trio in Abrašević Live

Snijeg pade na behar na voce (traditional / arr. Ante Gelo and Boško Jović)

Amira Medunjanin and Zagrebački Solisti Live concert in Zagreb https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjrGAgLstGg

Lijepa Mara (based on Emina Zečaj version)

Damir Imamović in Dojka, Glitter Beat

Je li rano (traditional / D. Imamović)

Damir Imamović in Dojka, Glitter Beat


Disclaimer

Mediterranean Intangible Heritage Soundscape is a podcast by Paolo Scarnecchia, produced by UNIMED, Mediterranean Universities Union. Musical works included in the Podcast are used for purpose of illustration for teaching, and not for commercial purposes.