Music of Sarajevo (Part II)

This post continues with some musical highlights that we have experienced during our time in Bosnia. Enjoy…

One component of rap that I’ve always loved is how meaningful the lyrics can be. Artists will use their music to tackle social issues or criticize wars or lambast politicians. And all of these thoughtful commentaries come in polished packages complete with those figurative language devices that we learned as kids. But this time they actually sound good. Edo Maajka is one of those artists. Although I have to use a translator or a co-worker to understand his lyrics, he’s adding a voice to a lot of the discontent here – black market, unemployment, women’s rights, even facebook. Here’s his song Jesmol’ Sami…

Ann has often been mentioned that if someone invites you to something in Bosnia, the answer should always be yes (within reason, but even then the answer is probably still yes). So when a classmate told me about a Bosnian reggae concert, I said yes without really thinking it. It turned into a late, dancing, fun-filled night. Zoster…

As a number of the blogs have touched upon, people are amazingly warm and welcoming here. Whether inviting you to their hometown, bringing you more coffee/ food than you can drink/ eat or simply stopping to talk and catch up, people continually demonstrate hospitality. This process still takes me by surprise sometimes, and a recent example occurred in the form of a private piano concert. Only meeting the day before, a classically trained pianist offered to play a few pieces for us. Hopefully from this clip (Chopin’s 7th Waltz, 2nd movement), you can hear some of the life and energy the artist brings to her music as well as her own life…


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