Sevdah Soiree with Jusuf Brkić
16 Aug / 18:00 (See full schedule)
- Yellow Fortress
Jusuf Brkić was born in Gradačac in 1992. He finishes the primary school in Gradačac, Behram-beg's medrese in Tuzla and then graduates at the Faculty of Law in Sarajevo.
As a boy he gets a sage and in twelfth and he becomes a student of one of the most important masters of sevdah and sage, dr.Hašim Muharemović. He was very young when he started to perform at festivals in BiH and abroad.
In co-operation with the British Council and Exit festival in Novi Sad, 12 of the Balkan musicians were selected to participate in the Mix The City project. He was one of them.
The word sevdalinka comes from the root of the Arabic word, “sevda”, which may be translated literally as “black bile”, which the ancient Greeks considered the fluid in the body which caused melancholic dispositions. This was how, in this part of the world, sevdah came to be synonymous with quiet suffering and taking pleasure in one’s lovesickness.
Sevdalinka entered the public sphere with the establishment of coffee bars in towns, where sevdah was sung to the accompaniment of the saz, a stringed instrument from Iran (a large tambur). The sazlija, the man who sang sevdah, would wear traditional dress with the essential red fez on his head and sit at the front part of a sećije (sofa) with the other guests. He would play and “knock” on the saz and sometimes such socializing would last until dawn.