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Davor Sučić Sula

A singer Davor Sučić Sula is a leader of the band 'Zabranjeno pušenje'.


He was born on Mejtaš, in the house, which is today occupied by the British Embassy, and from where he moved to Koševo at the age of six.

- That was the moment when FC Željezničar started to play their matches at Koševo Stadium. At that time Grbavica Stadium did not comply with the criteria of the League. Koševo is the neighborhood where I grew up, and where I failed as a football player, basketball player, and almost failed in Rock 'n Roll. In fact, all the kids from Koševo first tried their luck in football - in FC Sarajevo or FC Željezničar - and then moved on to music in later years. Koševo was a special place and a special type of people lived there. A single street separated rural part of Sarajevo from urban one. That is the reason why we sound like this. We are not a classic urban band. On one side of the street, there were buildings, and on the other people held chickens and fertilized gardens. It was a very muddy place and our parents had to hose us down to wash off the mud (laughs).

When Sula was a bit older and outgrown chickens and Koševo mud, we wanted to know where he hung out in those days.

- We were usually going to have fights with kids from Koševsko brdo - Sula said with laughter and added that he started going out when he enrolled in Second Gymnasium High School. From that time the circle of places in which they hung out ranged from Café Koševo to the club in the Academy of Performing Arts. There, they found their first girlfriends, and later wives...

Although Sula no longer lives in Sarajevo he is his hometown's frequent visitor. We were interested where he goes out when he is in town.

- Mostly I stay at Koševo, but I like to go to Zuka's place (City Pub), or at Kožo's (Nostalgija Cafe), and to Fis (Café FISkultura). Lately Sloga (Cinemas Club) seems like a good place to go out. It's a club where people are really trying to preserve that Sarajevo zest, and they always have a good cover bands, and the club has a long tradition.

When we came to subject of food in Sarajevo, Sula's response was very short. The best place to eat is 'Kod Kibeta'. As for architecture, he singled out Museum of Revolution (today's Historical Museum) as Sarajevo's most beautiful building, which coincidently, is the name of the new album by 'Zabranjeno pušenje'. His most favorite Sarajevo festival is Jazz Fest.

Like with our previous guests, we wanted to know which spot offers the most beautiful view of the city.

- The most beautiful view of Sarajevo is seen from Cafe 'Kod Mehe' at Sedrenik. Everyone usually goes to Jajce Barracks or to 'Park prinčeva' restaurant. Sedrenik offers a really beautiful view. Everyone should go and see it.

Finally, we wanted to know which places should someone, in town for only one day, visit to get to know and feel our city?

- Well, the visitor should go in front of 'Silvije Strahimir Krančević' school on Mejtaš. The architecture of Sarajevo is visible very close up from up there. From the skyscraper above the school, one can see how the Ottoman parts of the city blend into the Central European, and then into the modern. This is something you cannot see from Titova Street; how close the churches, mosques and synagogues are close to each other. It is a metaphorical image. And if you come at the moment when the church bells and ezan from mosque fuse into one sound; well, that is something truly divine.