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Culture at the Crossroads:Evening of Bosnian Sevdah & Dance -Vece Bosanskih Sevdalinki i Folklora

  Friday , May 7, 2010         8:00 PM        $15 $12 Adv. Children free

Event Details

sevdahwebSevdah is the traditional music genre of urban town centers of old Bosnia and Herzegovina. This evening will feature sevdalinke by Bosnian performers now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area. The performers are Muhamed KocanRasima Alisic Klisturic, and Hajrudin Hajric.  They will be joined by Mary Sherhart of Balkan Cabaret from Seattle.  The band will include: Dzevad Zeric - accordion, Dzenan Gacanovic - key board and arrangments, and Fahir Crnojevic  - guitar.  The Bosnian dance ensemble, Mladost Bosne, will perform. There will be traditional food and dancing. Advance tickets will be available at

Muhamed Kocan began singing sevdalinke in his native Karlovac, Croatia, at the age of seven.  His home was filled with the beautiful voice of his mother who instilled in him an enduring love of sevdah and music of all kinds.  Mr. Kocan won numerous first place awards throughout former Yugoslavia where he appeared with many renowned artists including Halid Beslic, Hanka Paldum and Serif Konjic.  In the US, Mr. Kocan was one of 7 finalists in the “Stars of Bostel” competition, appeared in the 2009 St Louis Sevdah Days Festival, and serves on the board of Sevdah North America.  He has a unique way of communicating his love for sevdah which makes him a special favorite among audiences.

marypeterfolklife09_200Mary Sherhart is one of America's leading artists in Balkan singing and one of the few non-native artists to be recognized and loved by ethnic audiences.  She is a recipient of the 2006 Artist Trust / Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship.  Most recently, she is honored and accepted as a gifted singer in the traditional urban genre of Bosnia and Herzegovina, sevdah.  She is the first president of the Sevdah North America, a nonprofit educational organization formed to promote and preserve the traditional urban music of Bosnia and Herzegovina.  During June, 2006, she toured with legendary artist Omer Pobric and singers from the 'Sevdah Institute Omer Pobric,' to major diaspora communities throughout the United States. Mary had the honor of opening the 2005 Festival of Sevdalinke at the Bascarsija Nights Festival in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

maladost1_250Mladost Bosne is a Bosnian folkdancing youth ensemble from San Jose area. Their aim is to learn, preserve and present authentic Bosnian cultural heritage including folk dances from Bosnia and Herzegovina.  Since 2005 they have performed before Bosnian and American audiences in the Bay Area, Sacramento,Boise, and Seattle, including annual performances at Bay Area Cultural Connections Festivals and the San Francisco's World Arts West festival auditions in 2009.

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