Emina Zečaj

Emina Zečaj (née Ahmedhodžić; 17 March 1929 – 19 April 2020)[1] was a Bosnian interpreter of the traditional folk music, sevdalinka.[2]

Emina Zečaj
Born
Emina Ahmedhodžić

(1929-03-17)17 March 1929
Died19 April 2020(2020-04-19) (aged 91)
Resting placeBare Cemetery, Sarajevo
Occupation
  • Vocalist
Years active1962–2020
Children2
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • vocals
Labels
Associated acts

Zečaj was called an "icon of traditional Bosnian music" by American Billboard magazine in 2004.[3]

Early lifeEdit

Emina was born in Sarajevo's Old Town, in what is today Bosnia and Herzegovina on 17 March 1929. She was the daughter of Bosniak parents Avdija Ahmedhodžić and his wife Melća.[4]

CareerEdit

Professor Cvjetko Rihtman, an ethnomusicologist, discovered her in the early 1960s. Following persuasion from her friends, Emina auditioned before two well known professors, Zvonimir Nevžela and Beluš Jungić, with the folk songs Kad se jangin iz sokaka pomoli and Poranila na vodicu Zlata. Ten days later she received a phone call from Ismet Alajbegović Šerbo informing her that she had been accepted into Radio Sarajevo, beating out 30 other contestants.[5][6]

Zečaj recorded music for the 2003 drama-comedy film Fuse. She also collaborated with Adi Lukovac on the soundtrack for the 2003 war film Remake (Remake - soundtrack).[7] It was Lukovac's final project before dying in a car accident three years later.

DeathEdit

Zečaj was in good health until shortly before her death at age 91. She died on the night of 19 April 2020 in her home.[1] She had attended the funeral of Beba Selimović the previous month at Sarajevo's Bare Cemetery where she was also buried in a Muslim cemetery on 22 April 2020.[8][9]

DiscographyEdit

  • Pijana sam i bez pića (1974)[10]
  • Narodne pjesme iz Bosne (1975)[11]
  • Traditional Bosnian Songs (2003)
  • Zečaj Emina (2005)
  • Emina Zečaj (2008)

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Preminula Emina Zečaj, jedna od najvećih interpretatorki sevdalinke". Radio Sarajevo.
  2. ^ "Who is who among Bosniacs; page 529". Google Books. 2001. Retrieved 18 November 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Billboard magazine; page 53". Google Books. 14 February 2004. Retrieved 18 November 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Emina Zečaj, interpretatorka sevdalinke - Ikona bh. sevdaha". Ekapija. 5 September 2012. Retrieved 18 November 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Emina Zečaj: Ne može sevdalinka biti ničija nego naša, bosanska". Radio Sarajevo. 13 March 2016. Archived from the original on 18 April 2016. Retrieved 7 April 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Čitav život se borim za sevdah". Nezavisne. 8 September 2008. Retrieved 18 November 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Priča i pjeva u emisiji Četvrtkom o kulturi". Radio Sarajevo. 10 March 2016. Archived from the original on 18 April 2016. Retrieved 7 April 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "U 89. godini preminula Emina Zečaj". www.faktor.ba.
  9. ^ "Obavljena dženaza Emini Zečaj". Avaz.ba.
  10. ^ "Pijana sam i bez pića". Discogs. 1974. Retrieved 18 November 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "Narodne pjesme iz Bosne". Discogs. January 1975. Retrieved 18 November 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)