boban markovic

Old Arab translators used a word “sevda’” when they needed to translate the old Greek word “melancholia”. Today “sevdah” means simply love. But, sevdah is also a genre of music and poetry that came together through meetings of the East and the West in the Balkans. A place where it blossomed the most is today’s Bosnia and Herzegovina where Radio Sarajevo became the legendary media which succeeded in bringing together traditions of Slavic ballads, travelling ottoman ashiks (singer/songwriters), European 19th century Romanticism and modern orchestration.

Damir Imamović’s sevdah is a new step in the development of the tradition of sevdah. Born in 1978 in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) to the family of legendary sevdah master Zaim Imamović and the bass player, author, producer and singer Nedžad Imamović, Damir started learning about the aesthetics of this traditional art as a child. In 2005 he began performing solo (vocal and guitar) after which he started his first Trio with which he recorded two noted CDs. Performances followed, among others with Bojan Z, Eric Vloeimans, Jadranka Stojaković, in prestigious concert halls around the world, including the Kennedy Centre in Washington DC and Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

In 2008 Marina Andree made the documentary “Sevdah” (2008) which explores Damir’s work and philosophy of sevdah.

Carthage administers copyrights for Damir Imamovic worldwide.