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Bebi Dol

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Bebi Dol (Serbian: Беби Дол; Serbian spelling for English Baby Doll) is a Serbian female pop, new wave, art-rock performer.

Born Dragana Šarić (Serbian Cyrillic: Драгана Шарић) on October 2, 1962 to a musical family in Belgrade (her father Milenko was a jazz musician), she started her musical activity during the late 1970s in a band called Tarkus. By 1981 she hooked up with Goran Vejvoda and Vd to form a short lived Annoda Rouge, which never recorded any official releases.

She turned to solo career and in collaboration with Vejvoda soon released a 2-side single “Mustafa” / “Na planeti uzdaha” for PGP RTB, which immediately got a lot of attention. The A-side track “Mustafa” was declared the song of the year in 1980, and Bebi Dol got the award for the best new act of the same year.

Encouraged with all the success she started working on the full length debut album that eventually appeared in 1983 under the name Ruže i krv (Roses and Blood). It brought her further success as it gained exceptionally positive reviews and commercial reception, even achieving the best debut album of the year award. In addition to “Mustafa”, the other tracks that achieved sizable popularity were “Rudi”, “Ruže i krv”, “Lapis lazzuli”.

Then, somewhat surprisingly considering her popularity in SFR Yugoslavia, she spent a couple of years (between 1984 and 1986) in Egypt where she took a lucrative offer for the singing engagement in Cairo’s Sheraton hotel.

In 1986 she returned to Yugoslavia and won the main prize at the Belgrade music festival (MESAM) with song “Insh-Allah”, inspired by Oriental culture and music.

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