A debut UK appearance from the celebrated Bosnian Sevdah musician, performing songs from his forthcoming album.
A form of Balkan blues, Sevdah literally means ‘beautiful sadness’. The style emerged at the same time as Portuguese fado, Argentine tango and American jazz. Imamović is a trailblazer who enriches the traditional Sevdah repertoire with his own compositions on contemporary themes, stimulating an interest in the genre from younger and international audiences.
Songlines' 2021 Best of Europe award winner, Imamović is set to release a new album on Smithsonian Folkways in May 2023 – a soundtrack to acclaimed Bosnian-American author Aleksandar Hemon’s new novel The World And All That It Holds as part of an exciting genre-spanning collaboration.
Performing with bassist Ivan Mihajlović, violinist Ivana Djurić, and percussionist Nenad Kovačić, this repertoire sees Imamović continuing to forge new directions for this traditional form.