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From the Balkan city of Sarajevo comes Divanhana, a folk music project that should resonate with our Portuguese hosts. The Balkans are rich in diverse music styles, among them the sevdalinka tradition. With its slow tempi and melancholic themes that must always be sung with passion, this is emotionally charged music that invites comparison with fado. The style is enjoying a renaissance, let by the young musicians of Divanhana, who have gathered songs all over Bosnia and Herzogovina, some of them recorded and performed here for the first time. With contemporary instrumentation of woodwinds, piano, bass and drums complimenting the traditional accordion and vocals, sevdalinka is cast in a new light, its Sephardic and oriental elements opened up to a jazz sensibility. Memorable music with which to extend the hand of 12 Points to this enigmatic city of the east.

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