Artists

True, unadulterated talent, and gallons of untapped potential, ready for international attention – check out the ten amazing bands and artists that were selected for the first round of the Balkan Music Export pillar of the MOST Music programme in 2020. These MOST artists were featured on a Selection CD in the November 2020 issue of Songlines magazine.

Balkan Music Export

Almir Meskovic & Daniel Lazar Duo

Bosnia & Serbia
Norwegian folk mixes well with Balkan klezmer, and much else – at least it does in this unique duo of violin and accordion, of Almir Meskovic and Daniel Lazar.

Balkan Taksim

Romania
What happens when you mix low-fi electronica with psychedelic folk? Throw in a couple of grandpa’s sweaters for style and you get Balkan Taksim.

Divanhana

Bosnia
Sevdah, this heartbreakingly beautiful and complex Balkan genre is reborn in jazz, pop, and contemporary classical in Divanhana’s tasteful performances.

Gipsy Groove

Kosovo*
Gipsy Groove fuses ethnicities, cultures, they radiate energy and charisma – hard to forget, impossible not to dance to.

Lakiko

Bosnia
Cellist extraordinaire Lakiko is an exciting and experimental artist going against all Balkan stereotypes while still being unapologetically local and authentic.

NAiRUZ

Bosnia and Herzegovina
A fusion of flamenco and sufi music, Nairuz unites corners and cultures of the world geographically far from each other with elegance and poise.

Naked

Serbia
Rising from the complicated history of ex-Yugoslavia, Naked plays happy sorrow – music with unwavering honesty, with a nakedness of both heart and soul.

Oratnitza

Bulgaria
Folklore performed in an extraordinary manner – in front of Space Invaders, for example – is the essense of the Bulgarian Oratnitza.

Rođenice

Serbia
Rođenice takes a feminine dive into the freedom of identity in modern times – a deeply coded message and their virtuous performance distinguish them from just-another-traditional-music albums.

Shira u’tfila

Serbia
Shira u’tfila means song and prayer – they are a multi-ethnic, multi-confessional ensemble that draws its inspiration from the diversity and richness of Judeo-Spanish, Ottoman-Turkish, Arabic and Balkan musical traditions.

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