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Bilja Krstić

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Biljana “Bilja” Krstić (Serbian Cyrillic: Биљана “Биља” Крстић) is a Serbian singer and songwriter. She was born in Niš and brought up on the folk traditions of central Serbia. Biljana first studied music in Niš at the music school “Dr. Vojislav Vučković”, after graduating she continued her education by travelling to Belgrade to study music at the Belgrade University of Arts. Upon graduating in Belgrade she set out on an extremely successful career in music. To date she has released seven albums and has written scores for such films as Savior and Zona Zamfirova.

Bilja has been on the Yugoslav pop scene for a long time. Her stage experience started at her very young age in Chorus of Youth; later, in the ’70s, she was a member of the cult bands Suncokreti, and Rani Mraz, one led by Bora Đorđević and the other by Đorđe Balašević. Finally, she decided to go solo, and her first album was released in 1983.

Furthermore, she released three pop-oriented records, and did music for many theatre shows at Belgrade’s National Theatre. In the meantime, she graduated from University of Musical Arts, and started to work as a Music Editor on the National Radio Broadcast.

After successful career in pop music, Bilja Krstić has decided to record material close to her heart ever since her childhood. For more than five years, she was patiently collecting obscure folk songs from the territories of Kosovo, South Serbia, Macedonia, East Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary. The results were the albums Bistrik (2001) and Zapisi (2003). Album Bistrik was re-released by V2-Greece record label, in May 2002.

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