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Biljana "Bilja" Krstić (Serbian Cyrillic: Биљана "Биља" Крстић, Serbo-Croatian pronunciation: [bǐʎana bǐːʎa kř̩ːstitɕ]; born 9 November 1955) is a Serbian singer. She was born in 1955 in Niš
Niš
and brought up on the folk traditions of central Serbia. Biljana first studied music in Niš
Niš
and continued her education in Belgrade
Belgrade
to study music at the Belgrade
Belgrade
University of Arts. Upon graduating in Belgrade
Belgrade
she set out on an extremely successful career in music. To date she has released seven albums and has written scores for such films as Savior and Zona Zamfirova. She currently lives with her two daughters in Belgrade.

Contents

1 Biography 2 Discography 3 Collaborations 4 External links

Biography[edit]

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Bilja has been on the Yugoslav pop scene for a long time. Her stage experience started at her very young age in Chorus of Youth; later, in the 1970s, she was a member of the cult bands Suncokret, and Rani Mraz, one led by Bora Đorđević
Bora Đorđević
and the other by Đorđe Balašević. After the break-up of Rani Mraz, she went solo. Her first album was released in 1983. She has released three pop-oriented records, and did music for many theatre shows at Belgrade's National Theatre. In the meantime, she graduated from University of Musical Arts, and started to work as a Music Editor on Radio Belgrade. After successful career in pop music, Bilja Krstić
Bilja Krstić
has decided to record material close to her heart ever since her childhood. For more than five years, she was patiently collecting obscure folk songs from the territories of Kosovo, South Serbia, Macedonia, East Serbia, Romania
Romania
and Hungary. The results were the albums Bistrik (2001) and Zapisi (2003). Album Bistrik was re-released by V2- Greece
Greece
record label, in May 2002. The music performed by Bilja Krstić
Bilja Krstić
is a fusion, blend of traditional ethno music, a cappella songs and ethno grooves with elements of improvisation and modern music approach. Their aim is to translate folklore into contemporary art, their performances to awaken the heart and give rebirth and energy to forgotten emotions. Her sincere stage presence and beautiful voice received great acclaim at more than 200 concerts across the world and in her home country; it was best acknowledged when she was invited as the only female vocal performer from Mediterranean at festival "Mostra Sesc de Artes" in São Paulo
São Paulo
in 2005. At the time, she was a member of "Mediterraneo Orchestra", formed of about 25 top musicians from all over the world. Her third folk Album, Tarpoš, was released across Europe in early 2007, under the licence of German record label Intuition/Schott Music, and gained great success amongst World Music critics and audience. Discography[edit] With Rani Mraz:

Mojoj mami umesto maturske slike u izlogu
Mojoj mami umesto maturske slike u izlogu
(1979) Odlazi cirkus
Odlazi cirkus
(1980)

Solo albums:

Prevari večeras svoje društvo sa mnom (1983) Iz unutrasnjeg džepa (1985) Loptom do zvezda (1990) Bilja (1994)

With Bistrik Orchestra:

Bistrik (2001) Zapisi (2003) Tarpoš (2007) Izvorištе (2013)

Collaborations[edit] Tenores di Bitti "Mialinu Pira" External links[edit]

Bilja Krstic's official website

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Music of Southeastern Europe (the Balkans)

By style

Folk music

Arabesque Chalga Čalgija Dionysiakos Laïko Manele Nisiotika Narodna muzika Rebetiko Sevdalinka Starogradska muzika Tallava Tsifteteli Turbo-folk

Other

Balkan Brass Bosnian root Ganga music Balkan ballad

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Performers by country

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Folk dances

Circle dances

Daychovo horo Gaitanaki Halay Hasapiko Hora Ikariotikos Pidikhtos Khigga Kleistos Kochari Kolo Kalamatianos Syrtos Sirtaki Sousta Tamzara Tsamiko

Other

Antikristos Antipatitis Čoček Karsilamas Oro (eagle dance) Zeibekiko Zeybek

By country

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Folk musicians

Albanian folk musicians Greek folk musicians Turkish folk musicians

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 80230775 GND: 135507731 MusicBrainz: 3a99b3a0-011f-437a-88a2-

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