Regina (Bosnia and Herzegovina band)

Grupa Regina is a Bosnian rock band founded in 1989 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, then part of Yugoslavia. The band has so far released eleven studio albums, one compilation album and two singles.

Grupa Regina
Davor Ebner, Regina's lead vocalist, performing at the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 with the band
Davor Ebner, Regina's lead vocalist, performing at the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 with the band
Background information
Also known asRegina
OriginSarajevo, SFR Yugoslavia (now Bosnia and Herzegovina)
GenresRock
Years active1989–2000; 2005–present
Associated actsKonvoj, Aco Regina
MembersDavor Ebner
Aleksandar Čović
Bojan Milićević
Past membersDenis Čabrić (deceased)

HistoryEdit

Beginnings and successEdit

Aleksandar Čović, Goran Lučić, and the Milijaš brothers began a garage band. After searching, they found Davor Ebner, who became their lead singer. Bojan Milićević joined the group in 1990 (before the release of the first album). Once the band was created, it was immediately successful all over Yugoslavia with the slogan "MI NISMO MERLIN, MI SMO REGINA" ("We aren't Merlin, we're Regina").

When the Yugoslav Wars began in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serb members of the band fled to Belgrade, where Regina continued until 2000, when Čović started his solo career. In 2005, the band reunited with the original members and appeared at a Serbian radio festival organized by Radio S. In 2007, they were an opening act at The Rolling Stones concert at Jaz Beach, Budva.

Eurovision 2009Edit

On 16 May 2009, the band performed in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009, with the song called "Bistra voda" ("Clear Water").[1] After winning one of ten places from the first semi-final, they eventually finished in 9th place in the final (with 106 points).[2]

Post-EurovisionEdit

In June 2009, Regina released their album Vrijeme je (It's Time), featuring the songs Vrijeme je, Bježi dok sam mlad and Zvaću te pile moje. It also features English and Russian versions of Bistra Voda.[3] In 2011, Regina released their album Kad poludimo (When we go crazy). In 2014, the band released the singles Kalimero and Zatupi Zaglupi. In 2016, Regina published their biography called Ljubav nije za nas (Love isn't for us). On 16 August 2016, bassist Denis Čabrić died of a heart attack on holiday in Croatia with his family at the age of 49.[4]

On 10 February 2017, the band released their 12th studio album called U Srcu (In the Heart).[5]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

  • Regina (1990)
  • Ljubav nije za nas (1991)
  • Oteto od zaborava (1994)
  • Godine lete (1995)
  • Ja nisam kao drugi (1997)
  • Kad zatvorim oči (1999)
  • Devedesete (2000)
  • Sve mogu ja (2006)
  • Vrijeme je (2009)
  • Kad poludimo (2012)
  • U srcu (2017)

Compilation albumsEdit

  • Regina (reproduction) (1992)

SinglesEdit

  • Kalimero (2014)
  • Zatupi Zaglupi (2014)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Eurovision Song Contest 2009, sarajevo-x.com; accessed 17 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Norveškoj pobjeda, BiH 9. mjesto na Eurosongu" (in Bosnian). Klix.ba. 17 May 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2020.
  3. ^ Profile, ESCToday.com, 10 June 2009.
  4. ^ "Denis Čabrić, bassist from Bosnian band Regina dies aged 49". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. 17 August 2016. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Regina objavila još jednu pjesmu s novog albuma: "Vodim te na jedno mjesto"" (in Bosnian). Klix.ba. 15 February 2017. Retrieved 7 July 2020.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Elvir Laković Laka
with "Pokušaj"
Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Eurovision Song Contest
2009
Succeeded by
Vukašin Brajić
with "Thunder and Lightning"