“Zavrzlama” was still recorded in Slovenia in February 2020, just before the first lockdown. The album was mixed in Sarajevo in June 2021. The hauntingly reduced album opener “Na Kuslatu Se Mahrama Vihori” shows Šejla Grgić at the height of her abilities and skilfully keeps the balance between intimacy and latent threat. The lively “Cilim”, on the other hand, invites you to dance, while “Peno” bows to the legendary Roma singer and songwriter Saban Bajramovic, one of the “wildest talents” in Tito-era Yugoslavia. “Opa Opa”, on the other hand, from the pen of the well-known Serbian composer Radivoje Radivojevic, lives entirely from Šejla Grgić’s seductive voice and surprises with palatable Latin piano and horn sounds. “Voce Rodilo” and “Zova” were both written by Divanhana keyboardist Neven Tunjic, who thus confidently ranks himself as one of the most exciting young songwriters in the long tradition of Balkan folk music.
In their home country of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Divanhana have been playing to sold-out audiences for more than ten years. So it’s high time that the ensemble also found a larger audience in this country! On their sixth album “Zavrzlama”, the quintet around the powerful-voiced singer Šejla Grgić once again succeeds in combining the traditional sevdalinkas of their homeland with modern sounds ranging from pop and jazz to new classical music. With a good dash of temperament, of course. For the first time, the musicians’ own compositions can be heard here, after they had previously mainly reinterpreted traditional material. This is a sign of the band’s increased self-confidence.
GENRE: Folk Bosnia And Herzegovina