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Mostar Sevdah Reunion - A SECRET GATE (2003)

Mostar Sevdah Reunion was born in 1993 in the flames of the Bosnian conflict.
The sextet rose phoenix-like out of that conflagration to become one of Bosnia and Herzegovina's most popular bands. With fine musicianship and well-crafted arrangements, they put a subtly modern blush on old Yugoslavian and Roma songs. A Secret Gate was originally released in 2003, but this re-release makes it available in North America for the first time. The songs here are smooth and danceable, with a few moody ballads thrown in for variety.
There’s a little country/western brushed snare in the background of "Oj Djevojko Pod Brdom (Hey Girl)." "Okreni Se Niz Djul Bašc'u (Turn Around in the Rose Garden)" is a love song of such longing, it makes you ache to listen to it. Mustafa Šantic'’s mournful clarinet caresses the spaces between the words. Mišo Petrovic' on guitar and Nedjo Kovacevic' on violin add some snazzy gypsy jazz to "Nema Ljepše Cure Od Malene Djule (There is No Prettier Girl than Little Djula)."... - Peggy Latkovitch

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