Bregović Makes Comeback

Goran Bregović

Goran Bregović

Goran Bregović claims he has no regrets. “I was and still am a lucky man. When I was seventeen I used to play in a striptease joint and I saw more naked women there than everyone my age would have seen in a whole year,” the Bosnian composer explains. On 20 June together with Kayah he will perform at Life Festival Oświęcim 2015 which will be his first public show since 1999. This year Goran is celebrating his 65th birthday. In conversation, he talks about his gloomy thoughts on the Ukrainian conflict, reveals his secret on how to achieve success and explains why funerals are not always sadder than weddings. His comeback was something no one expected. His collaboration with Kayah spawned “Kayah & Bregović” released in 1999, which sold 700,000 copies. The album is well known for such hits as “Śpij, kochanie, śpij”, “Prawy do lewego”, “To nie ptak” i “Nie ma, nie ma ciebie”, and was also released in several other European countries. In Italy, for instance, the album went to seventh in the charts. The music was a mixture of Balkan, highland and Gypsy styles with elements of pop. This year’s concert will host many well-known guests whose names are soon to be revealed. The idea behind the Life Festival Oświęcim is to build peaceful relations above and beyond political and cultural boundaries, fight racism, anti-Semitism and war. Another important goal is to remove the spell that was cast on Oświęcim with the establishment of the German concentration camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

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