Mostar Sevdah Reunion

Mostar Sevdah Reunion
  • country:Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • region:Balkan
  • style(s):Balkan
  • label:Snail Records
  • type:Band
  • gender:male
  • instrumentation:instrumental, vocal
  • artist submitted by:CultureWorks

Line up

  • Jovan Dordevic (piano)
  • Marko Jakovljević  (bass)
  • Milic Petrović  (guitar)
  • Nermin Alukić (guitar, vocals)
  • Sandi Duraković  (guitar)
  • Senad Trnovać (drums)
  • Suad Pasić  (clarinet)


Mostar Sevdah Reunion was formed by Dragi Sestic in 1998. The band started out as a group of local, talented and experienced musicians - old friends, who came together in summer 1999 for the recording of the first album. Their first CD was released in 1999. Since then they became a real world music attraction performing at various world music festivals and receiving a number of music awards. The band is composed of experienced musicians and often collaborates with renowned names in the field of gypsy music: They recorded two albums with Gypsy legend Saban Bajramovic and two albums with Ljiljana Buttler, "The Mother of Gypsy Soul". Working and recordings with these two Gypsy legends were recorded to show the variety of Balkans music and to give respect to the finest and most uncompromised authors of genuine Gypsy music.
A one hour documentary about the band was produced by the BBC as part of the series "The roots of European Blues" in 2005. The latest album "Cafe Sevdah" presents new dimensions of Sevdah music. It brings the mix of traditional music and jazz/blues influences to a higher level. This album presents the new discovery of the band Nermin Alukic Cerkez with his intense vocals and specific oriental guitar playing. The guest singers on the CD are also Suad Golic, Elmedin Balalic and 70 years old Fevzija Sarajlic. This CD is presenting in obvious way the bridge between sevdah and blues - a quote that was used many times for the explanation of sevdah music in the international press.