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Merima Njegomir on the Festival Kozara ethno 2013

Famous traditional singer Merima Njegomir will perform at the IX Kozara Ethno Festival, on Monday, 8 July 2013, at the Kastel fort in Banja Luka. The Kozara Ethno Festival is introducing professional performers of traditional and ethnic music for the first time in 2013, which will continue also in the future.

Merima Njegomir was born as Merima Kurtiš in the neighborhood of Kalvarija, Zemun. After primary school, she completed secondary music school “Kosta Manojlović” in Zemun, department of solo singing, class of Milica Popović. After that, she graduated from the Business School. She made first permanent recordings of Serbian traditional music for Radio Belgrade, and appeared for the first time on television in 1977, when she also made her first record. Merima took part in many festivals, made new records, took part in commercial and humanitarian concerts, and held solo concerts. She recorded 24 albums and over 100 permanent recordings of traditional songs for Radio Belgrade. Her best known songs are: Ivanova korita, Ruzmarin, Opilo nas vino, Zbog tebe, Da nije ljubavi tvoje, Bol bolujem, Magle, magle, A gde si ti, Pamitim još... Her performance is well known of the following traditional songs: Zajdi, zajdi, Marijo bela kumrijo, Sejdefu majka buđaše, Što si Leno na golemo, Svu noć mi bilbil prepeva, Jutros mi je ruža procvetala. She is one of the rare singers of folk music who has had a series of concerts at the Kolarac Hall in Belgrade, her repertoire includes songs in twenty foreign languages (including Hebrew, Chinese, Turkish, Greek, Italian, Hungarian, and she is particularly known for her performance of Russian folk songs and romances. She has received many awards, including Vuk’s Award for Contribution to Serbian Culture as the most prominent. As editor of the RTS folk department, she is devoted to projects of recording, keeping and promoting Serbian traditional music. She was granted national pension of the Republic of Serbia.