Goran Bregović

Goran Bregović
Goran Bregovic , 2007.jpg
Background information
Birth nameGoran Bregović
Also known asBrega
Born (1950-03-22) 22 March 1950 (age 68)
Sarajevo, PR Bosnia-Herzegovina, FPR Yugoslavia
GenresRock, folk, world, film score
Occupation(s)Musician, film score composer
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals, bass
Years active1969-present
Associated actsBijelo Dugme, Kodeksi, Jutro, Kayah, Cesária Évora, www.goranbregovic.rs

Goran Bregović (Serbian Cyrillic: Горан Бреговић, pronounced [ɡɔ̌ran brɛ̂ːɡɔʋitɕ], born 22 March 1950) is a recording artist from Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is one of the most internationally known modern musicians and composers of the Balkans, and is one of the few former Yugoslav musicians who has performed at major international venues such as Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall and L'Olympia.

A Sarajevo native, Bregović initially gained acclaim for his work in Kodeksi and Jutro, but rose to continental prominence as the main creative mind and lead guitarist of Bijelo dugme, widely considered as one of the most popular recording acts ever to exist in the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and one of the most important bands of the Yugoslav rock scene. After Bijelo Dugme split up, he started to compose for films. Among his better known film scores are three of Emir Kusturica's films (Time of the Gypsies, Arizona Dream, and Underground). For Time of the Gypsies, Bregović won a Golden Arena Award at the Pula Film Festival in 1990, among his other awards.

Bregović, during his 5 decade long career, has composed for critically acclaimed singers, including Sezen Aksu, Kayah, Iggy Pop, Šaban Bajramović, George Dalaras and Cesária Évora.

Early life

Bregović performing at Carnegie Hall in New York City on 19 October 2011.

Born in Sarajevo, PR Bosnia-Herzegovina, FPR Yugoslavia to a Croat father Franjo Bregović and Serb mother Borka Perišić,[1][2] Goran grew up with a younger sister, Dajana, and younger brother, Predrag. Their father was from the Croatian region of Zagorje, specifically Sveti Petar Čvrstec village near Križevci, while their mother was born in Virovitica to parents that had shortly before her birth arrived in the nearby village of Čemernica, settling there from the village of Kazanci near Gacko in eastern Herzegovina. Goran's maternal grandfather, fought in the Royal Serbian Army at the Salonica Front during World War I and as a reward received land in Slavonia where he soon moved his family.[3]

Goran's parents met shortly after World War II in Virovitica where his mother Borka lived and his father Franjo (who fought on the Partisan side during the war) attended a Yugoslav People's Army (JNA) military school.[3] Franjo Bregović soon got his first job, teaching ballistics at a military school in Sarajevo, so the couple that at the time moved there.[3] Goran, their first child, was born in 1950 in Sarajevo.

Goran was 10 years old when his parents divorced. In later interviews, he mentioned his father's alcoholism as the reason for the breakdown of their marriage.[3] Soon after the split, his father moved to Livno, taking Goran's younger brother Predrag with him while Goran remained living with his mother in Sarajevo, visiting his father and brother every summer in Livno.[3] Their father soon retired and eventually moved back to his home village in Zagorje while Goran's brother Predrag later moved back to Sarajevo for university studies.[3]

Goran played violin in a music school. However, deemed untalented, he was thrown out during second grade. His musical education was thus reduced to what his friend taught him until Goran's mother bought him his first guitar in his early teens. Bregović wanted to enroll in a fine arts high school, but his aunt told his mother that it was supposedly full of homosexuals, which precipitated his mother's decision to send him to a technical (traffic) school. As a compromise for not getting his way, she allowed him to grow his hair long.

Other Languages
asturianu: Goran Bregović
български: Горан Брегович
bosanski: Goran Bregović
čeština: Goran Bregović
español: Goran Bregović
Esperanto: Goran Bregović
français: Goran Bregović
hrvatski: Goran Bregović
italiano: Goran Bregović
македонски: Горан Бреговиќ
მარგალური: გორან ბრეგოვიჩი
Nederlands: Goran Bregović
português: Goran Bregović
română: Goran Bregović
slovenčina: Goran Bregović
slovenščina: Goran Bregović
ślůnski: Goran Bregović
српски / srpski: Горан Бреговић
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Goran Bregović
Türkçe: Goran Bregović
українська: Горан Брегович