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21 April 1972

Severina Vučković was born in Split, Croatia. As a child, she took smaller parts in theatre and opera productions in her native Split. During the 1980's, having won numerous awards at local festivals, she launched her professional career at an early age, which ultimately resulted in her moving to Zagreb in 1989 to expand her career further. In the same year, she recorded her first studio album titled 'Severina'. During the 1990s, she established herself as a national pop icon with chart-topping hits such as 'Dalmatinka' (1993), 'Paloma nera' (1993), 'Trava zelena' (1995), 'Od rođendana do rođendana' (1996), 'Djevojka sa sela' (1998), 'Prijateljice' (1998), 'Ja samo pjevam' (1999) and 'Ante' (1999).

In 2001 Severina releases the album 'Pogled ispod obrva', for which she writes significant parts of the songmaterial. Following the huge success of this album Severina's 2002 concert tour 'Virujen u te' further confirmed her status of one of the most popular Croatian music artists. In 2003, Severina landed her first theatre role in HNK Rijeka. She played the title role in the rock opera 'Karolina Riječka' along with Galliano Pahor. Two years later, she produced and acted in the monodrama 'Čekajući svog čovika' in Kerempuh, Zagreb. The decision to cast Severina as baroness Castelli in HNK Rijeka's musical play 'Gospoda Glembajevi' (based upon Miroslav Krleža's drama of the same title) caused numerous disputes and debates in the media over whether an "entertainer" like her with no serious theatrical background or education was appropriate to portray one of the most complex characters in Croatian literature.

After a break of a few years, she released her 8th studio album 'Severgreen' in 2004. In the same year she also became part of a sex scandal reported worldwide after a personal sex tape featuring her and Herzegovinian Croat businessman Milan Lučić leaked on the internet. In 2006, she won the Dora 2006 festival with the song 'Moja štikla'. With this song, co-written by Goran Bregović, she represented Croatia at the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest in Athens, Greece, on May 20, 2006, finishing 13th with 56 points. The song caused controversy in Croatia, as many journalists, musicologists as well as ordinary people claimed it resembled Serbian music. Although the most prominent Croatian ethno-musicians such as Dunja Knebl and Lidija Bajuk disagree, both the composer Boris Novković and Severina claim that the song includes Croatian folk music influences from the Dalmatian Zagora (Inner Dalmatia) such as ganga and rere singing and lijerica instrumentation.

Severina's long-anticipated 9th studio album 'Zdravo Marijo' ('Hail Mary'), mostly composed by Goran Bregović, was released in May 2008. After the first single from the album 'Gas, gas' hit the stations, accusations followed once again that particularly due to the brass elements and mischievous, prankish lyrics, the song closely resembled Serbian turbo-folk. Additionally, after having made several public appearances wearing clothes depicting religious imagery, many people protested that Severina, Catholic herself, abused religious elements in her work and thus offended them. In 2011 a new single 'Brad Pitt' annouces the coming of a new album. In 2012 she gives birth to her first child, Aleksander. Meanwhile she starts recording for a new album with production duo Miloš Roganović and Filip Miletić.

On the web:

- Severina's website: http://www.severina.com

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What do we think:

PR: It is easy not to take Severina serious and just regard her as some Lolita with singing and acting ambitions. Certainly, Severina herself is responsible for the image she created for herself. But if we just left it there, we would not do justice to her talents and creative output. If you let the image and the sex scandal for what they are and listen to some of her records, you will conclude that she actually has produces some interesting albums. Although not blessed with the best of voices, she cán sing and choses the songmaterial that suits her voice best. Furthermore, she blends a variety of Balkan-influences - coming from all regions of the former Yugoslavian countries - into a new sort of highly energethic europopmusic with lots of humour. In this, she might even be contributing to a better understanding of the people from the former Yugoslavian countries (opposed to some other artists who only polarise and hail nationalist sentiments).

DB: When in Croatia you'll find that Severina is everywhere. She came from a nice catholic girl to power girl in the new millenium and frankly, that last image suits her much better. She is controversial in seeking the edge of what religious or nationalist groups in Croatia find acceptable. Does this remember you of another 'material girl'? I agree with PAUL ROYAL that in a way she does more for creating a better mutual (post-war) understanding amongst the Balkan Republics then she gets credit for. She may not have the best of voices but her music is fun and that also counts for something. For listeners outside Croatia: she fits into the Balkan Beats scene going round at the moment and you'll probably heard a track or 2 at a party.

Recommended albums:

♪♪ - Severina – 1989

♪♪ - Dalmatinka – 1993

♪♪ - Trava zelena – 1995

Moja stvar – 1996

Djevojka sa sela – 1998

♪♪♪ - Ja samo pjevam – 1999

Paloma nera - (live) - 1999

♪♪♪ - Pogled ispod obrva – 2001

♪♪♪ - Virujen u te (live cd + dvd) - 2003

Severgreen – 2004

♪♪- Moja štikla (mini album) – 2006

♪♪♪♪ - Zdravo Marijo – 2008

♪♪♪ - Dobrodošao u klub - 2012

♪♪♪♪♪ = outstanding album, an absolute must-have
♪♪♪♪ = great album, highly recomended
♪♪♪ = nice album
♪♪ = be careful, requires listening before buying
♪ = best to be avoided