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Lepa Brena

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Born Fahreta Jahić in Tuzla on October 20, 1960, Lepa Brena is arguably the most well-known and successful singer from the region of former Yugoslavia. She and her band Slatki Greh (“Sweet Sin”) were the first to combine traditional Yugoslav folk music (in particular, the traditional “kolo” dance) with modern pop elements, and went on to inspire and influence an entire generation of musicians. Songs such as “Mile voli disko” (1982), “Miki, Mićo” (1985) and “Čik pogodi” (1990) are amongst the most well-known and popular songs in the history of Serbo-Croatian language music, and are definitive of the music of that era.

Lepa Brena and her band “Slatki Greh” formed in 1982, gaining immediate success with their first album, which featured the hits “Čačak, Čačak,” and “Ljubi me, Omere.” The Yugoslav public quickly fell in love with the 21-year-old singer.

That success promptly reached unexpected heights with the release of their second album later that year, delighting the folk-loving masses with the enormous hits “Mile voli disko,” “Duge noge” and “Dama iz Londona.” They also achieved success with the song “Sitnije, Cile, sitnije,” a contender for Eurovision ‘83.

In 1984 Brena returned with a new album and hit song “Bato, Bato.” Her sexy new image, along with the band’s more refined musical style, took her to even greater levels of stardom. They toured relentlessly in support of the album, which also spawned the hits “Bosanac,” “Igraj Boro, moje oro” and “Moj je lola zvezda roken rola,” amongst others.

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