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(Serbian: турбо фолк turbo folk better known as "serbwave") is a musical genre that originated in Serbia. Having mainstream popularity in Serbia, and although closely associated with Serbian performers, the genre is widely popular in Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Bulgaria
and Montenegro. Its style is a mixture of Serbian folk music with modern pop music elements (and even elements from the Puerto Rican reggaeton and the Jamaican dancehall at times), with similar styles in Greece
(Skyladiko), Bulgaria
(Chalga), Romania
(Manele) and Albania


1 Reception 2 Performers 3 See also 4 Notes 5 References 6 External links

Reception[edit] According to this persuasion, turbo folk and Serbian involvement in Bosnian and Croatian conflicts would become inextricably linked from then on.[2] This left-wing section of Serbian and Croatian society explicitly viewed turbo folk as vulgar, almost pornographic kitsch, glorifying crime, moral corruption and nationalist xenophobia. In addition to making a connection between turbofolk and "war profiteering, crime & weapons cult, rule of force and violence", in her book Smrtonosni sjaj (Deadly Splendor) Belgrade media theorist Ivana Kronja[3] refers to its look as "aggressive, sadistic and pornographically eroticised iconography".[4] Along the same lines, British culture theorist Alexei Monroe calls the phenomenon "porno-nationalism".[5] However, turbo-folk was equally popular amongst the South Slavic nations during the brutal wars of the 1990s, reflecting perhaps the common cultural sentiments of the warring sides.[4]

Graffiti against Ceca turbofolk music in Imotski, Croatia: "Turn off all the 'Cecas'/Light up the candles/Vukovar will never/Be forgotten" (with every U character stylised same as in the Croatian Ustaše fascist movement)

Anto Đapić (former mayor of Osijek, and national leader of the far-right Croatian Party of Rights) has declared "as long as I am mayor, there will be no nightclub-singers [cajki] or turbofolk parades in a single municipal hall".[6] The resilience of a turbo-folk culture and musical genre, often referred to as the "soundtrack to Serbia’s wars",[7] was and to a certain extent still is, actively promoted and exploited by commercial TV stations, most notably on Pink and Palma TV-channels, which devote significant amount of their broadcasting schedule to turbo-folk shows and music videos. Others, however, feel that this neglects the specific social and political context that brought about turbo-folk, which was, they say, entirely different from the context of contemporary western popular culture. In their opinion, turbo-folk served as a dominant paradigm of the "militant nationalist" regime of Slobodan Milošević, "fully controlled by regime media managers".[8] John Fiske feels that during that period, turbo-folk and its close counterpart Serbian pop-dance had a monopoly of officially permitted popular culture, while, according to him, in contrast, Western mass media culture of the time provided a variety of music genre, youth styles, and consequently ideological positions.[9] Performers[edit]


Boban Rajović Ceca Dado Polumenta Dara Bubamara Đogani Dragana Mirković Elitni odredi
Elitni odredi
(Later Relja Popović and Vlada Matović as solo acts) Elma Sinanović Goga Sekulić In Vivo Indira Radić Jana Todorović Jelena Karleuša Lepa Brena Luna Mile Kitić Milica Pavlović Mitar Mirić Nino Rešić Olja Karleuša Seka Aleksić Sinan Sakić Stoja Tina Ivanović Viki Miljković

See also[edit]

Chalga Manele Arabesk music Disco polo Pop-folk Laïkó Eurodance Balkan ballad


^ An umbrella term covering Balkan; Serbian, Croatian, Slovenian, Bulgarian, Albanian, Macedonian, Bosnian, Montenegrin, Romanian, Greek, and Turkish music. ^ "In These Times 25/07 -- Serbia's New New Wave". Retrieved 23 April 2017.  ^ A short biography of Ivana Kronja in Film Criticism: http://filmcriticism.allegheny.edu/archives30_3.htm ^ a b "Komentari". Retrieved 23 April 2017.  ^ "Central Europe Review - Balkan Hardcore". Retrieved 23 April 2017.  ^ Catherine Baker, "The concept of turbofolk in Croatia: inclusion/exclusion in the construction of national musical identity" ^ Gordana Andric (15 Jun 11). " Turbo-folk
Keeps Pace with New Rivals". balkaninsight.com. BalkanInsight - Culture. Retrieved 21 July 2013.  Check date values in: date= (help) ^ Ivana Kronja, Politics, Nationalism, Music, and Popular Culture in 1990s Serbia
Linacre College, University of Oxford ^ John Fiske, Television Culture, February 1988, ISBN 0-415-03934-7


Collin, Matthew (2004) [2001]. This Is Serbia
Calling (2nd ed.). London: Serpent's Tail. pp. 78–84. ISBN 1-85242-776-0.  Gordy, Eric (1999). "The Destruction of Musical Alternatives". The Culture of Power in Serbia. Penn State Press. ISBN 978-0-271-01958-1.  Uroš Čvoro (2016) [2014]. Turbo-folk
Music and Cultural Representations of National Identity in Former Yugoslavia. Ashgate; Taylor & Francis. ISBN 978-1-317-00606-0.  Sabina Mihelj, "The Media and the Symbolic Geographies of Europe: The Case of Yugoslavia", 2007. William Uricchio, We Europeans?: media, representations, identities, Intellect Books, 2008, p. 168-9

External links[edit]

Balkania Fanzine - Turbo-Folk and Balkan Music Video Culture Blog www.brigada.nl - CHALGA - TURBOFOLK musicvideos and mp3 Report about turbo-folk, ceca and politics Muzika u vestima dana

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