Culture and Art of Serbia

We believe that alphabet the Serbs use as well as their music will attract Your attention. Special attention will be given to serbian naïve art and their best photographers.

Miroslav’s Gospel

Miroslav’s Gospel, being the most valuable monument of serbian culture, is considered the most beautiful manuscript in cyrillic alphabet in the world. As the most important Serbian and south slavic cyrillic document from 12th century it is part of UNESCO – “World cultural heritage”.

Miroslav’s Gospel, the oldest serbian manuscript, was written on “fine white” parchment for prince Miroslav, Great ruler Stefan Nemanja’s brother, between 1180. and 1191. by two pupils, Gligory and Varsameleon. The manuscript had been guarded in monastery Hilandar until 1896. when it was given as a gift to king Aleksandar Obrenovic during his visit to Holy mount Athos.

Today it can be seen in National Museum in Belgrade. The Gospel has been in posession of the dynasties Nemanjic, Obrenovic and Karadjordjevic. However, it was in posession of the monks of Hilandar monastery the longest.

Miroslav’s Gospel explains the origin of cyrillic script and its glagolitic influence. This text is unique because it unites the Eastern style of writing with the Western way of ornamenting in extravagant 296 ornaments.

There has been constant scientific interest in this manuscript.

Gligory the Pupil wrote on the last page:

“I, sinful pupil Gligory, unworthy to call myself a pupil, have ornamented with gold this Gospel to the glorious prince Miroslav, Zavida’s son. My lord, do not forget me, do not forget about my sinful soul, but keep me to your side so I do not regret my Lord that I had worked for you if your will is to reject me…”


Painting

Serbia has always been and still is proud of numerous talented painters like Paja Jovanovic, Sava Sumanovic, Petar Lubarda, Milena Pavlovic Barili, and new painters belonging to younger generations to whom we would like to give our full attention and promotion.


Photography

Inventor Loui Dager had a disciple of dagerotipia, the first photographic technique in Paris, called Dimitrije Novakovic. This Serbian merchant bought a camera and made the first photos of Belgrade in 1840. which made him the first Serbian photographer.

There are also a painter Anastas Jovanovic, the first Serbian litographer and one of the biggest photographers in Serbian history of photography, as well as Djordje – Djura Knezevic who opened the first studio in Novi Sad and had studios in 32 towns.

Famous painters Nadezda Petrovic and Paja Jovanovic were photographers during First World War, while the most important from that period was a New York Herald reporter in Paris, Rista Marjanovic.

Great names of contemporary Serbian photography

Dragan Bosnic, Dragoljub Zamurovic, Branislav Strugar, Martin Candir and many others.

Our great desire is to promote our best photographers and their work so that visitors can enjoy their photographs.

We will also promote young and perspective photographers while others will get a chance to stand out through many contests that we are going to organize on our portal.

Dragan Bosnic

Dragan Bosnic (1950) a famouse photographer, journalist, cartoonist and designer. He has taken part in many national and international exhibitions where he got prizes. He lives in Belgrade but works in the whole Serbia and neighbouring countries. His two children and grandchildren are very fond of travelling and endless voyages.


Music

Music in Serbia have very important role in life of Serbian people

Boban Markovic

Boban Markovic Orchestra has been the leading brass band Serbia over the last 20 years. They have won several of the most important prizes (“Golden Trumpet”, “First Trumpet” and “The Best Orchestra”) at the “Brass bands meeting and competition” in Guca, called “Dragacevski Sabor”, which has been held every August in Central Serbia, since 1961.

Boban Markovic is a Roma trumpet player and brass ensemble leader from Serbia, recognized as the greatest trumpet player from the Balkans.

He and his brass band have received world acclaim and won numerous awards. Boban Markovic Orchestra has been the leading brass band Serbia over the last 20 years. They are from Vladicin Han, Southern Serbia, which is obviously heard in their music. They have won several of the most important prizes (“Golden Trumpet”, “First Trumpet” and “The Best Orchestra”) at the “Brass bands meeting and competition” in Guca, called “Dragacevski Sabor”, which has been held every August in Central Serbia, since 1961. Boban Markovic won the “Best Orchestra” prize at 40th “Sabor” in Guca, August 2000.

They won the “Best concert 2000.” prize for their concert with Lajko Felix. In Guca, at “Dragacevski Sabor 2001” Boban Markovic won “The First Trumpet”, what is officially the best prize there and the most wanted among the musicians. It was the first time ever that any musician there got all five marks “10” from all of the jury members. Since winning, he has decided to stop competing. Since 2002, Marko Markovic, an exceptionally talented player and the band leader’s son, has played full time. Marko was said to practice ten hours a day before joining with the band. During the two years he spent touring with the band, 17 year old Marko became the main soloist and arranger of the band.

Duško Gojković

Dusko Gojkovic is one of the world giant of jazz as extraordinary jazz player, a composer, soloist and an orchestra leader. He has played in his rich career with renowned world jazz artists such as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Jerry Mulligan, Sonny Rollins, Ted Jones…

Duško Gojković (also spelled as Dusko Goykovich, born October 14, 1931, Jajce, Yugoslavia, now), Serbian jazz trumpeter and composer. He studied in Belgrade Music Academy from 1948 to 1953. He played trumpet in a number of jazz Dixieland bands and, though only 18 years of age, joined Big Band of Radio Belgrade. After five years spent there he grew into a seasoned musician and decided to continue his career in West Germany. In 1956 he recorded his first LP as a member of Frankfurt All Stars band.

Next four years he spent as a member of Krut Edelhagen’s orchestra as a first trumpet. In these years he played with legends such as Chet Baker or Stan Getz. In 1958 he performed at Newport Jazz Festival and drew much attention on both sides of the Ocean. In 1961 he was offered a scholarship for the studies of composing and arranging in Berklee.

He took the offer and finished the studies. After the studies he was invited by Canadian band leader Maynard Ferguson to join his band. Gojkovic performed as a second trumpet until the break of the band in 1964. His work with Ferguson boosted his reputation as an excellent big band musician and an outstanding soloist. Next he returned back to Europe, formed his sextet and in 1964 recorded his first album Swinging Macedonia, with music he originally composed inspired by the music of Balkans. The album is generally considered to be the cornerstone of Balkan Jazz.

In the years to follow he played with Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Gerry Mulligan, Sonny Rollins, Duke Jordan, Slide Hampton etc. In 1966 he continued his career in The Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band. In 1968 he settled in Munich and formed his own big band with artists such as Rolf Ericsson and Frank St Peter that lasted until 1976. In 1986 he managed to form another orchestra with which he performs to this day. His much awaited comeback came with the 1993 Soul Connection album that won him a broad acclaim. This was followed with album Bebop City.

In 1996 he recorded the Soul Collection album again but this time with his own big band. Another great album came in 1997 – Balkan Blue, a double CD: first one a quintet with Italian sax player Gianni Basso while the second one features orchestra of the North German Radio (NDR) accompanied by the jazz rhythm section and Gojković as a soloist. His next album was In My Dreams (2001) recorded with his quartet. In 2003 Gojković opened a new chapter in his career with his album Samba do Mar, in which he composes for the first time inspired by Latin music.

In 2004 he performed on the 200th anniversary of modern Serbian statehood, the opportunity he used to gather in Belgrade international All Star Big Bend with whom he recorded A Handful of Soul CD. His last album Samba Tzigane came out in 2006. Gojkovic celebrated his 75th birthday with a grand concert in Belgrade. During his career Gojković built his own style recognizable for the preciseness, brilliance of his technique and warm sound in playing as well as melodic tunes in composing.

Saban Bajramovic

Saban Bajramovic is the most prolific and the most celebrated Roma singer, composer and poet in the Balkans.

Saban Bajramovic was born on April 16, 1936 in Nis (Serbia). He almost did not attend the school while picking up musical education, alike many of his people, on street.

When he was nineteen, he deserted the army because of love, and later was sentenced to three years imprisonment .

However, while serving his sentence Šaban Bajramovic founded a prison band which played, among other music, jazz, Louis Armstrong and Frank Sinatra songs, as well as Spanish and Mexican melodies. He made his first record in 1964, and nowadays, his discography consists of some twenty albums and more then fifty singles. He wrote and composed about seven hundred songs. For more than twenty years, he has led “Crna Mamba” (Black Mamba), touring half of the world with the band. Upon invitation of Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi, he visited India, where he was named for the king of the gypsy world music.

Saban made films with Goran Paskaljevic “Guardian Angel” (1987), with Milan Jelic “Sunday Lunch”(1982), as well as with Stole Popov “Gipsy Magic” (1997). Many artists have been inspired by him and his works, among them Goran Bregovic, who has often taken over themes and melodies from Saban Bajramovic.

His greatest songs Djelem Djelem i Prokleta je Amerika will stay wih us forever.

For some fans he was king of soul music – Serbian James Brown.

Boris Kovac

Boris Kovac, a composer from Novi Sad is one of the most important music artists of World Music.

Boris Kovac, a composer and multimedia artist from Novi Sad is one of the most important music artists of World Music. In my creative work I build the HOUSE in which I am on my WAY to the BEING. My beign.” Boris Kovac (from the book “Mirror of the Voice”)

Boris Kovac(1955) is a composer, instrumentalist and multimedia artist from Vojvodina, the Pannonian part of Yugoslavia. He writes music for chamber groups he rehearses and leads. Many of his projects are to some extent connected with theatre. From 1989 he has been the leader of the Chamber Theatre of Music OGLEDALO from Novi Sad. During the period from 1991-1995 he mainly lived and worked in Italy, Slovenia and Austria. In 1996 he moves back to Yugoslavia. By leading his RITUAL NOVA ensemble, LaDaABa orchest, La Campanella orchestra, Chamber Theatre of Music OGLEDALO, Academy of Fine Skills and working with students he is also trying to reestablish the contemporary music/theatre scene in his country. He has performed his works in a few hundred concerts and more the 200 festivals of new music and contemporary theater in around 30 countries on 4 continents.

Imagine there is only one night left before the world ends, so let’s dance in fervor, full of hope, faith and love. That’s what you feel, when listening to this music.Welcome to an apocalyptic dance evening with Boris Kovac.

Rambo Amadeus

Rambo Amadeus is one of the most prominent cult figures on the ex-Yugoslav music scene.

Rambo Amadeus is one of the most prominent cult figures on the ex-Yugoslav music scene. Real musical maverick, he manages to stay clear from usual “radio friendly” music, often using it for parody. Self proclaimed World Mega Emperor (Svjetski Mega Car) is famous for his wacky jazz-funk, twisted lyrics and unpredictable live acts packed with brutal satire sometimes bordering on stand-up commedy.

His unusually proactive political correctness during the turmoil of the 90’s has earned him equal respect on all sides of the conflict.

Rambo Amadeus is attributed for coining the word “Turbo Folk” to denote another musical phenomenon in the same region, ultra tasteless, aggressive and massively popular modern Serbian folk music. The word has caught on and is now widely used. Antonije Pušić (his real name) currently lives in Belgrade, Serbia and his native Montenegro.

KAL – Gypsy Fusion

Kal is a band that has joined different musical streams and rejected “folclore” rules but finds energy in dance rhythm and balkan blues. Kal have succeeded in imposing themselves as a part of balkan gypsy tradition with future. The band was founded by brothers Dusan and Dragan Ristic. Its name “Kal” means “black” in gypsy language.

Their wish was to mix traditional balkan gypsy music and modern music, so for that purpose they engaged Mike Nielsen to make this mix and produce the album. Nielsen cooperated with Maoree and Turkish musicians as well as the stars such as Jamiroquai and Underworld.

Kal use bhangra rhythms and accordeon in tango style, Rambo Amadeus is reping, voices of Zumrite Jakupović, Adila Maksutovića i Dragana Berakovića gives the band a real quality.

Shinobusi

«Shinobusi» were formed at the end of 2001 in Novi Sad. They soon started making their own music which was characterized by lowland blues. In June 2005 they released the album «Nekad jurimo kroz polja, a nekad stojimo u stanicama». The second album, «U pravcu jablanova», was released in December 2007 for the PGP RTS Record Company in Belgrade. The band cooperated with Petar Jelic («Yu Grupa» band). The album is characterized by different styles of music, such as blues, rock, swing, pop, funk, gipsy jazz or even classic.

«Šinobusi» participated in making the compilation «Neki noviji klinci» with the song «Zivot je more» written by Djordje Balasevic. With their genuine approach and true addiction to music, «Shinobusi» is the band which has gradually acquired numerous admirerers and friends.