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When Seve met Bregović: folklore, turbofolk and the boundaries of Croatian musical identity

Baker, C.; (2008) When Seve met Bregović: folklore, turbofolk and the boundaries of Croatian musical identity. Nationalities Papers , 36 (4) pp. 741-764. 10.1080/00905990802230514. Green open access

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Abstract

Popular music in Croatia has consistently been a field where the boundaries of national cultural identity are set, contested and transgressed. The most contentious boundaries involve Serbian culture and the abstract “east”, to which essentialized nationalist concepts of Croatian culture denied any similarity. The Croatian singer Severina’s attempt to represent Croatia at the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest with her song Moja štikla (My stiletto) called these aspects into question with connotations which could be claimed as both Croatian and Serbian. Although the song was justified with reference to the (disputed) authenticity of Croatian folklore, it ultimately suggested that Croatian cultural space could not be separated from that of the other ex-Yugoslav states.

Type:Article
Title:When Seve met Bregović: folklore, turbofolk and the boundaries of Croatian musical identity
Open access status:An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI:10.1080/00905990802230514
Publisher version:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00905990802230514
Language:English
Keywords:Croatia, popular music, national identity, Eurovision Song Contest, folklore
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > SSEES (School of Slavonic and East European Studies)

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