Goran Bregović

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Goran Bregović Brega (Serbian Cyrillic: Горан Бреговић Брега), (born 22 March 1950) is a Bosnian musician and one of the most internationally known modern composers of the Balkans. He currently splits his time between Paris and Belgrade, where he settled down during the Yugoslav Wars.[1][2]

Bregović has composed for such varied artists as Iggy Pop and Cesária Évora. He rose to fame playing guitar with his rock band Bijelo dugme. Among his better known scores are Emir Kusturica’s films (Time of the Gypsies, Arizona Dream, Underground).


Musical style

Bregović’s compositions, extending Balkan musical inspirations to innovative extremes, draw upon European classicism and Balkan rhythms.[3]

Bregović's music carries Bosnian,Serbian and Romani themes and is a fusion of popular music with traditional polyphonic music from the Balkans, tango and brass bands.

Early life and career

Bregović was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (then SFR Yugoslavia) to Croatian father and Serbian mother. His father was an officer in the Yugoslav People's Army. When his parents divorced he remained living with his mother in Sarajevo.

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