As a siren entices sailors to a watery grave, an expressive soul can lure strangers to get giddy on its intoxicating tales of love, loss and sorrow.
Sarajevo-born sevdah singer Amira Medunjanin calls on genuine emotional depth to deliver songs that tell of the allure of the heart and the grip of sorrow, as put to good use on her latest release, Damar.
Like Portuguese fado, Judeo-Spanish ladino and flamenco from Spain, the rich Sevdah songbook of the Balkans is loaded with passion, sorrow, bloodlust and feuds, as well as romance, humour and, naturally, a heavy dose of dark melancholia.
Amira has refined the art of storytelling through song. When she sings, it is as if she is speaking to us only.
Like a voice in our head, a lover speaking softly close to our ear, the acclaimed Bosnian singer conjures emotions that are personal and real, and their appeal is inescapable.
Next to Me, the latest cinema release from one of Serbia’s leading young writer-directors Stevan Filipović was a champion right out of the blocks.
After being named Best Film on its world premiere at last month’s Pula International Film Festival, it showed that this honour was not a fluke by winning the Young Audience Award at the Sarajevo Film Festival.
Tourists attracted by a creative wave that is sweeping the city’s cosmopolitan design districts are part of a renaissance that has tourist chiefs buzzing, while foreign investment is attracting increasing numbers of business travellers to Belgrade.
As visitor figures rise, the call on hotel beds to suit all budgets can only increase.
International luxury hotels are opening in the city, such as the waterside Radisson Blu Old Mill and the delayed new Marriott beside the National Theatre, to satisfy the growth in business and high-end travellers.
Belgrade streetwear brand Dechko Tzar is harnessing Serbia’s new-found business optimism and greater access to international markets to create significant uplift in interest and sales at home and abroad.
The entry of PayPal into Serbian market has also added to the environment of opportunity, enabling international shoppers access to home grown products such as Dechko Tzar’s range of fashionable clothing and colourful accessories.