Sunday, May 30, 2010

13 Serbia - Ovo Je Balkan - Milan Stanković

13 - 72 pts / 5 - 79 pts in semi 1
Serbia have chosen: Milan Stanković will perform Ovo Je Balkan (This is the Balkans) in Oslo. Read more about the songwriter Goran Bregović below.
Ово је Балкан - Милан Станковић

Several versions will be recorded, the Spanish version Balcañeros is already on YouTube

Listen and Watch the three final songs here at RTS.

Advance promos are 1 track cdsingle, home made style in a printed sleeve (pictured) with the original Serbian version.
The Oslo promo cdsingle has 4 versions
Ovo Je Balkan - Serbian ♫
Balcañeros - Spanish
Ovo Je Balkan - Karaoke
Ovo Je Balkan - Instrumental

Remixes have been issued on a cd-r given away at the contest. So far they haven't been officially released.
Ovo Je Balkan - Club mix
Balcañeros - Club mix
RTS have asked Goran Bregović to write the Serbian entry for Oslo.

Update 2012: Gypsy Kings Balkaneros

Composer Goran Bregović has finally released his new album Champagne For Gypsies on which he works with several artists including the Gypsy Kings.

One of the tracks is Balkañeros, a 'cover' of the Spanish version of Ovo Je Balkan.
The album is out on September 27 and an accompanying tour takes Bregović to The Netherlands, Germany and France in October and to Italy, Russia and Lithuania in December.

A taster clip of the Gypsy Kings-Bregović Balkañeros meeting is here.
The album and track were already announced in October 2011 on the Warner Music Youtube channel. They featured the audio in full (but I missed it back then)

The Composer
Goran Bregović has released many albums starting in the 70's with his bands Beštije, Kodeksi, Jutro and Beijelo Dugme. He delivered songs for soundtracks

He has worked with international artists like Iggy Pop, Scott Walker, Césaria Évora, Sezen Akzu (Turkey), Kayah (Poland), Eurovision singer Ofra Haza (Israel), George Dalaras (Greece) and many others. His main orchestra is the Weddings And Funerals Orchestra which can rage from 10 to 40 musicians.

Just last year a Best Of CD Welcome to Goran Bregović was released on which you can find many highlights from his career, including songs with some of other the above artists.

Eurovision met Goran Bregović in 2008 at the Belgrade contest where he performed in the interval of the final.

RTS Eurovision pages (new link)
Goran Bregović home
Serbia in 2009

1 comment:

  1. Actually there is another Promo, which was handed out in Oslo. It is a self burned CD with handwriting on it, signed by Milan Stankovic and contains the Club Remix.