Bilja Krstić and Bistrik orchestra (Serbia)

Bilja Krstic has been on the Yugoslav pop scene for a long time. Her stage experience started at her very young age in Chorus of Youth; later, in the `70s, she was a member of the cult bands "Sunflowers", and "Early Frost". Finally, she decided to go solo, and her first album was released in 1983.

Furthermore, she released three pop-oriented records, and did music for many theatre shows at Belgrade's National Theatre. In the meantime, she graduated from University of Musical Arts, and started to work as a Music Editor on the National Radio Broadcast.

After successful career in pop music, Bilja Krstic has decided to record material close to her heart ever since her childhood. For more than five years, she was patiently collecting obscure folk songs from the territory of Kosovo, south Serbia, Macedonia, the Vlach district in east Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary. The results were the albums "Bistrik" (2001) and "Zapisi" (2003). Album "Bistrik" was re-released by V2-Greece record label, in May 2002.

The music performed by BILJA KRSTIC & BISTRIK ORCHESTRA is a fusion, blend of traditional ethno music, a Capella songs and ethno grooves with elements of improvisation and modern music approach. Their aim is to translate folklore into contemporary art, their performances to awaken the heart and give rebirth and energy to forgotten emotions. Her sincere stage presence and beautiful voice received great acclaim at more than 170 concerts across the world and in her home country; it was best acknowledged when she was invited as the only female vocal perfomer from Mediterranean at festival "Mostra Sesc de Artes" in Sao Paolo in 2005. At the time, she was a member of Mediterraneo Orchestra, formed of about 25 top musicians from all over the world.

Her 3rd CD "Tarpos" was released across Europe at the beginning 2007, under the licence of German record label "Intuition/Schott Music".

Riblja Čorba (Serbia)

Riblja Čorba is a Serbian and Yugoslav rock band from Belgrade. The band was one of the most popular and most influential acts of the Yugoslav rock scene.

Riblja Čorba was formed in 1978 by vocalist Bora Đorđević, guitarist Rajko Kojić, bass guitarist Miša Aleksić and drummer Vicko Milatović. Their debut release, the single "Lutka sa naslovne strane" (1978), saw huge success and launched them to fame. They were soon joined by guitarist Momčilo Bajagić "Bajaga", the new lineup releasing the album Kost u grlu (1979), which was, largely due to Đorđević's social-related lyrics, a huge commercial and critical success. Their following releases, Pokvarena mašta i prljave strasti (1981), Mrtva priroda (1981) and Buvlja pijaca (1982) launched them to the top of the Yugoslav rock scene;

Đorđević's provocative social- and political-related lyrics were praised by the critics and often caused media scandals. In the mid 1980s, the band saw a slight decline in popularity, but made a triumphant comeback with the album Istina (1985), recorded with new guitar duo, Vidoja "Džindžer" Božinović and Nikola Čuturilo.

Since the beginning of the 2000s, the band manages to remain one of the top acts of the Serbian rock scene, and has published many albums untill this days.

Borisav Bora Đordjević - vocal
Miroslav Miša Aleksić - bass guitar
Miroslav Vicko Milatović - drums
Vidoja Božinović Džindžer - guitar
Nikola Nidža Zorić - keyboards

Terry Lehns (Norway)

Terry Lehns is one of the most interesting bands to come out of Notodden for the last couple og decades. Their hearts are in Ireland, their feet solidly planted in the bluestown Notodden and their musical soul is wherever there is good rhythm to be found, regardless of musical genre.

Good singers and a number of musicians changing instruments all the time makes this special mix that has become the trademark of the band.

Trond Ytterbø – vocal / guitar / mandolin
Tor Egil Skaar – piano / keyboard / accordion / bass
Knut Henning Slettemo – guitar / bouzouki / washboard / spoons / vocal
Paal Øymo – vocal / percussion
Runar Boyesen – keyboards / accordion / vocal
Tore Solheim - percussion

Jelena Tomašević (Serbia)

Jelena Tomašević is a Serbian pop singer of international career famed for her strong vocal performances. She has won numerous awards for her songs and represented Serbia at 2008 Eurovision Song Contest, coming sixth with the song "Oro".

Jelena gained notability at the age of eight when she won the top award at the children's music festival "Šarenijada" in Kragujevac and three years later, she became the winner of the Yugoslav Children's Festival. After becoming a member of the Abrašević Folklore Ensemble, one of the most successful Serbian ensembles, her music career soared. She achieved tremendous results at the most prestigious festivals in Central and Eastern Europe (Czech Republic, Belarus, Bulgaria etc.). In 1996. at the Folklore Festival Serbian Ensemble's she won the award of the best soloist.

In 2002, Jelena emerged on the Serbian music scene and her career as a pop singer started to take off. She competed and won over the jury in an Idol style show, called "3K dur" aired on RTS3 with the aim of promoting young talented artists.

After this turning point in Jelena's career, she made a huge breakthrough. In 2003, she competed for the first time at the Budva Festival and finished second at the prestigious festival "Slavjanski bazar" in Belarus. The same year she collaborated with music group Biber.

In 2004, singing the song "Kad ne bude tvoje ljubavi" with great success at the Beovizija Festival, the Serbian selection for the Eurovision Song Contest.

In 2005, she started a professional involvement with popular Serbian singer Željko Joksimović. She became a member of Minacord Production Company. At the Beovizija 2005, she sang the song "Jutro" composed by Zeljko Joksimović, written by Aleksandra Milutinović and won. Jelena was considered one of the favourites, ultimately she missed out in controversial fashion at the overall Serbia and Montenegro final (Evropesma), when all four Montenegrin jurors overlooked it in distributing their points. This was the final appearance at the contest for a united Serbia and Montenegro.

Many songs of her debut album "Panta rei" are written by her. In 2007, was her first appearance as a lyrics writer, she wrote the song "Gotova Stvar", for the Montenegrin singer Milena Vucic.

In December 2007, Jelena Tomašević entered the Beovizija 2008. Open competition with song "Oro" composed by Zeljko Joksimović and written by Dejan Ivanović. In March 2008, she won the Serbian national selection having received the highest number of points from both, the jury and televoters. She was awarded as the best interpretation prize by the selection jury. She represented Serbia in Eurovision Song Contest 2008 in Belgrade and came sixth.

Her debut album Panta rei successfully released in October 2008. Including 15 tracks, most composed by Zeljko Joksimović.

In 2009, Jelena recorded a trio song dedicated to peace, with the participants of Eurovision 2008, Boaz Mauda (Israel) and Sirusho (Armenia). The song is called "Time To Pray" and the lyricist is the president of Israel, Shimon Peres. The song premiered in Serbia during the Serbian National Final of Eurovision 2009, also presented in Armenia and Israel that same year.

In 2013, she released her second single "Vertigo" from her upcoming album.

On 6 December 2014, Jelena finished her records for her second studio album. On 29. May 2015 she released one more single, called "Ime moje". One month later her homonym album (cc "Ime moje") is out, expect new songs, including her last three years singles and some old songs that never released on an album. She used to say that this album is full of songs given to her as presents from good friends and colleges.

Soulfull Quartet (Serbia)

Soulfull Quartet is new band of the four young enthusiasts. They produce wonderful positive energy through the sounds of a funk, soul, and jazz.

David Armuš – drums
Pavle Popov – guitar
Aca Pejčić – keyboard
Iva Paunović - vocal

The Choir of PS "Kralj Aleksandar I" (Serbia)

The choir and orchestra of the Primary School "Kralj Aleksandar I" was founded in September 2015 within additional lectures in the subject Music. The members of this band are eleven-year-olds to fourteen-year-olds. They are all put together by love towards music, hanging out, great positive energy and enthusiasm.

In work, the children become musically literate, they are taught music terminology, stylistic expressions through development of the feeling for melody, rhythm, dynamics and other elements of music art. From rehearsal to rehearsal this ensemble gradually made progress and improvements in interpretation.

The feature of the choir and orchestra is in the wide repertoire opus of the ensemble which embraces pieces of compositors of different epochs and styles. The standard repertoire varies from the original, i.e. folk compositions to pieces of modern domestic and foreign music. The arrangements adapted to this composition are written and, with the pupils, musically revived by the artistic administrator of the choir and orchestra, teacher Milos Zivkovic.

A great number of performances in school and out-of-school ceremonies have been realised. The fantastic cooperation with the Museum of Rudnik and Takovo Region stands out and it has provided great support for the choir and orchestra from the very beginning of its founding.

In the last interpretation competition, the orchestra won the first place in the republic competition of orchestras of primary schools of Serbia.

They are also proud of the fact that a member of their choir and pupil of the seventh grade Mina Nedeljkovic, was chosen by the expert jury, to represent Gornji Milanovac this year in the competition "Serbia in the Rhythm of Europe".

Future goals of the choir and orchestra are directed to increase in the number of children with the emphasis on the quality of new members, enriching of the repertoire, work on increasingly representative quality of interpretation, competitions, participation in festivals in Serbia and abroad, i.e. representing their work to a wider audience.

Gipsy Aleksići (Serbia)

We are proud to announce the participation of "Gipsy Aleksići" also for this year's festival. The urge to include a local band in the festival program could not be solved in a better way. Aleksići is the obvious choice.

They were the opening act last year and their career has been taking off even more since then. The group is a five-piece guitar band with a repertoire spanning from traditional Balkan tunes via café music to string swing in the Django Reinhardt style.

Đorđe Aleksić - (bass guitar / backup vocals)
Vojkan Aleksić - (rhythm guitar, vocals)
Sandro Aleksić - (solo guitar / rhythm guitar)
Slaviša Aleksić - (guitar)

KUD „Šumadija“ Gornji Milanovac (Serbia)

Artistic association ’’Šumadija’’ from Gornji Milanovac was founded at Christmas 2006. when a group of experienced players and folklor enthusiasts decided to gather the youth of this town and teach them, through dancing and singing, to maintain the tradition of Rudnik and Takovo territory and the rest of Serbia as well. The folk orchestra ’’Šumadija’’ exists from the very beginning of the associations foundation. Members of the orchestra are mostly high school students who, by dealing with folk music, do not allow it to be abandoned. Today Šumadija has more than 400 members organized into ten groups and orchestra works under the professional leadership of Aleksandar Smrekić.

kud sumadija

What is particularly significant with the association is its cooperation with the Yugoslav - Norwegian Society. Every year the ensemble participates in the central celebration of the the National Day of the Kingdom of Norway in Belgrade. On this occasion they symbolically perform choreography from Serbia and the choreography of the Norwegian national dance. In 2009. on the initiative of the Norwegian government, Šumadija, as one of the organizer, took part in the first Serbia World Music festival in Takovo. The ensemble is also known for its willingness to help those who need help. In cooperation with the Municipal Committee of the Red Cross they have organized several humanitarian concerts in Serbia and in Skoplje, Tetovo, Kumanovo and Bijeljina as well.

Singing group "Takovski eho" (Serbia)

Singing group "Takovski eho", was founded in 11th november 2017. All members of group have been members of Singing group "Crnućanka" previously.

OGroup has performed 4 times so far. It has 6 members, and the leader of group is Dušan Dule Jakovljević, retired economist, guitarist. He has been engaged in music for over 40 years.

Singing group "Crnućanka" (Serbia)

Crnućanka is a singing group from the village Gornja Crnuća, near Gornji Milanovac.

Group is performing traditional folk songs. According to locals of Gornja Crnuća, the roots of the group date back to 1903 when the King Aleksandar Obrenović arrived in Monastery Vraćevšnica.

Group continued the work, with interruptions, to be re-launched in 1966 under the leadership of Alexander Djordjevic - Leso from G. Crnuća. The group has participated in many festivals, events and traditional fairs, has issued several audio recordings, and in 1976 received the European award for folk art.

Since the fifties, the group has collaborated with Dr. Radmila Petrovic, a longtime associate of ethnomusicology Institute SANU. She has contributed most to the publication of "Crnućanka" records, published by PGP-RTB.

Luka, Džengi and Božo (Serbia)

The double, 'Luka i Dzengi', as simply named and known, will be preforming for the 6th time, at the Festival of world music. Although, first time as a trio.

They made their first musical steps in 2011, and although already well known in their home town, that is when they started preforming for the audience of Cacak, Belgrade, and also, different towns of Norway. They preform Balkan music, and many different genres. This is why, at their shows you can hear a little bit of many different things such as, rock 'n' roll, new hits, sevdalinka, and other types of folk songs.

They both play the guitar, although Luka has previous experience with accordions, while Dzengi, is known as the singing half in this musical double. The fact that we are dealing with great and very creative artists, that work and perform with many different bands is confirmed with their amateur interests in drawing, and acting.

They are specially proud of their cover of the song 'Da te milujem' which is counting its' first thousands of views on youtube, and are currently working on their own song, which is hoped to count millions!



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