Portrait in Sarajevo
Kafu mi draga ispeci

Damir Imamovic

If you come to Bosnia and Herzegovina and are interested in music, there’s no way around Sevdah. And no way around Damir Imamovic, who brought this traditional genre of music to modern success. The Sarajevo-based artist comes from a family of Sevdah singers, but has taken his own progressive approach on this centuries-old tradition. Its topics often circle around love, longing and melancholy (that’s why it’s also called the Bosnian Blues). Damir Imamovic draws from this long tradition and interprets classic Sevdalinkas on the one hand. On the other hand he is also sensitive for change and writes songs about prevalent topics like migration that has not only affected people from Bosnia and Herzegovina, but still concerns so many people all over the world. “When I sing about that”, Damir says, “even though people do not understand Bosnian language, they understand the emotion behind it.” With the sun setting over Sarajevo the master of Sevdah gives an impressive example what this emotion can feel like.


  • Posted: September 14, 2017
  • Camera: Sarah Brugner, Michael Luger
  • Sound: Michael Luger
  • Post-Production: Sarah Brugner