About 2007 Balkan Music Festival in Seattle
The word "sevdah" is understandable all over the Balkans. In Bosnia and Herzegovina it is used to
describe the musical genre of love songs specific for the country – a captivating amalgamate of Near Eastern,
Mediterranean, and Slavic sound imbued with refined Slavic lyricism. At this Balkan Music Festival, Bosnian Sevdah
will be joined by her musical sister the Greek Rebetika. To the Western audience, both of these are often
introduced as the Balkan blues, and the equivalent of the Portuguese fado or Spanish flamenco. All four of these
musical genres are actually related bearing roots in Arabic courtly love songs from a millennium ago. On this same
note, the eternal ambassadors of music, the Roma (Gypsy) musicians should be mentioned. Roma musicians were the
midwives that helped deliver all of the four sisters. These caravan musicians spread many fine tunes all over the
Balkan peninsula and elsewhere and gave their own contribution to the music of this extremely colorful part of the
Thus, the visitor of the 2007 Balkan Music Festival in Seattle may expect to hear some fine tunes of this music
delivered by some of the best Balkan musicians who will gather in Seattle to play anew together
for the first time after the recent tragic war in the Balkans. Sevdah - that eternal love, love for music - will reunite
the old and new friends once again. It will be an unforgettable Seattle Sevdah Reunion in its own way.
Balkan music is very rich in its melody, chord progression, and rhythm. It is our goal to bring this music closer to the
culturally diverse Northwest community, because it will be most appreciated here. The main focus will be Bosnian Sevdalinka,
Roma (Gypsy), and Greek music played by some of the best performers from
that part of the World.
Members of the Board
Nedim H. Hamzic Hadjia - Executive Director
Srdjan Gino Yevdjevich - Art Director
Denis Basic - Coordinator & Editor
Jesenko Jesse Lalic - Studio Aquarius Sound System.