It is not easy to find a single word in English that can stand for the Bosnian concept of SEVDAH, although yearning perhaps comes closest. Like the Spanish duende, or Portuguese fado, it carries multiple meanings - love, hopeless love, endless love, a desire that chills and fevers the lover like malaria, and like malaria can never be shaken off - but in the end, it’s a way of life, and a narrative that tells the story of itself.
AMIRA was born in Sarajevo at the time when the popularity of traditional music in former Yugoslavia was at high tide, and Sevdah held a special place for her. The sevdalinke (sevdah songs) she learned from her mother were the most beautiful of songs. Her fascination with the oral tradition of Bosnia and Herzegovina led her to devote herself to creating a unique voice within sevdah to explore its expressive capacity to the full. She had spent years searching in vain to find people who shared her ideas about sevdah, and for the best way to present it.