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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful wonderful album, 14 Dec 2011
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It is criminal that there is only one, albeit excellent, review to date. For the uninitiated, sevdah is the Bosnian fado and Amira is, or should be, its Mariza.

The Balkans have a wonderful musical tradition which has not been showcased to the world as much as it should be and it would be a huge shame if the introductory notes by Alexander Hemon or presence of Serbian-born but French-based jazz pianist Bojan Z, who oversees a reinterpretation of the music, do not provide greater exposure.

Returning to Amira, she has a fantastic voice whose range, delivery and sheer emotion deserves comparison with Billie Holliday, Edith Piaf, Cesaria Evora and Mariza and a number of those who attended her concert in the intimate St Ethelburga's Centre earlier this year described it as one of, if not, the best they had ever attended.

The music is a mix of traditional songs from Serbia, Macedonia and Bosnia. There are not literal translations by the lyrics but explanations which convey sufficient essence of the meaning even if the emotion were not sufficient.

This is a rare event when no song is less than excellent and finding highlights is difficult but, if pushed, I would go for the Bosnian "Kafu mi draga ispeci" a song of spurning the love of an irresistible but unfaithful suitor, or the Macedonian "Jano Mori Jano Lele". Macedonian music, even by Balkan standards, has an incredibly haunting feel and Amira and Bojan Z weave a rich, slow-burning, spell of 7 plus minutes.

In a world of so much compelling music spanning the divides of jazz, world, folk and more, rarely have I been compelled to recommend a release so much. Essential
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Our Lady Of Sorrows, 6 Nov 2011
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Amira Medunjanin is a singer from Sarajevo. She possesses a gloriously
evocative voice. It hits you in the solar plexus and makes your blood
run faster, even though the ten tracks in this collection are largely
slow in tempo and melancholy in mood. I am unfamiliar with the genre of
Eastern European compositional form but understand that all these songs
are traditional compositions given a somewhat jazzy spin by the accomplished
trio which accompanies her. The experience is both seductive and magical.

Ms Medunjanin doesn't have to work hard to let her talent shine. Whether
in the gloriously hushed performance of 'Kafu Mi Draga Ispeci', a lulaby
delivered with impeccable phrasing and feeling; the dark, smoky intensity
of opening track 'Bele Ruze', with no more than a double bass to keep her
on course; the remarkable breath control of the simply sublime 'Jano Mori',
or the subtle quasi-Arabic-cum-Latin dance rhythms of 'Oj Ti Momce Ohrigjance',
she never once drops a stitch. Look no further, however, than the haunting
'Sabahzorski Vjetrovi' to encounter the full force of her unimpeachable gift.
It is, without doubt, one of the most captivating songs I have heard this year.

Once heard, 'Amulette' is unlikely ever to be forgotten.

Essential.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly beautiful, 21 Feb 2013
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Once every so often you hear a voice: distinctive, captivating, thrilling, a voice that intrudes into your consciousness . Even without knowledge of the language, you want to know its meaning, its context, what its expressing. Amira Medunjanin's is such a voice. I knew little about this kind of singing, and nothing about Amira until I bought this CD. What a happy chance. I love its haunting sound, and the enticing mix of voice and instruments, especially the piano, subtle, expressive, never imposing. Listen to it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars you know you want it ..., 1 April 2014
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Balkan voices, sad songs and excellent production values. Great for long road trips or to unwind after ugly day in the office - go on, try it, you know you want it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album, 6 Jun 2014
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I love this album rich in all sorts of ways and voice like no other. Looking to buy more of this artist very soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything worked smoothly., 30 May 2014
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Payment and shipping worked smoothly and I received my CD about a week later. Very satisfied with everything - including the price of the CD.
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