DetailsMusicians often struggle to articulate what it is they’re playing, where it comes from and where they’re going. Damir Imamovic’s Sevdah Takht suffer from no such struggle. The new album, the follow-up to 2012’s critically acclaimed debut, is a wonder of clear-eyed thinking, crystalline melody and deep reflection. Taking its name from sevda, the Turkish word for love, derived in turn from the Arabic sawda meaning ‘black bile’ (and hence melancholy), sevdah has been played in the Balkans in one form or another since at least the 15th century. Although the temptation to refer to it as ‘Bosnian blues’ is perhaps too infrequently resisted, its lyrical and musical preoccupations with love, longing and loss do provide us with a bridge to other European roots traditions, such as fado, whose central concept of saudade is itself related to sawda. Sarajevo born and raised, Imamovic has been steeped in the sounds of sevdah since childhood. Much has been said of his stellar family tradition – both his father and grandfather remain legends of the form. Since those early days, however, when he would ward off boredom during the siege of the city in the early 1990s by learning guitar chords in his basement shelter, Imamovic has completely changed the rules of the game.
For this is not a man content to insert himself seamlessly into any line of succession – that would be too easy. He comes with questions and challenges above all: questions for those gatekeepers of the genre bent on reducing style, rhythm and repertoire to a narrow set of conventions; and challenges to the more recent 20th century orthodoxies that would make of sevdah a straightforward reflection of national character. Imamovic’s art is nothing less than a quiet, steady insurgency within sevdah – deeply considered work that refuses the seductions of nationalism. It takes the music beyond its birthplace and shows it the world.
- 1. Sarajevo (D. Imamovic)
- 2. Tambur (trad./D. Imamovic)
- 3. Lijepi Meho (D. Imamovic)
- 4. Uzbrdo je mene bole none
- 5. Star se Curcic pomamio
- 6. Lijepa Zejno (D. Imamovic)
- 7. Lijepa Mara
- 8. Cija li je
Interpret TAKHT, DAMIR IMAMOVIC SEVDAH Genre Weltmusik Label Glitterbeat Art. Nr. X0523033-6 EAN 4030433603314 Medium LP+Download Set-Inhalt 1 Veröffentlichungsdatum 29.04.2016 FSK Nein Preis-Code BM
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