WOMEX 13 Official Showcase Selection
For the past decade Amira Medunjanin has been steadily establishing her reputation as the finest contemporary interpreter of sevdah songs, drawing at the centuries-old deep well of poetic expression of life, love, loss and longing that reflects the soul of the people of Bosnia and Herzogovina and imbuing it with her own experiences. Born in Sarajevo, she learned many sevdalinke (sevdah songs) from her mother. As a teenager she discovered jazz and rock music and was part of the remarkable underground music movement during the siege of Sarajevo (1992-1996). The British press has recently compared her to Edith Piaf and Billie Holiday which, while stylistically misleading, is apt in the sense that Amira is one of those rare, empathetic artists who can convey the emotional heart of a song to any audience, regardless of language barriers.