Dino Merlin

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Dino Merlin
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Background information
Birth name Edin Dervišhalidović
Also known as Dino Merlin
Born (1962-09-12) 12 September 1962 (age 52)
Sarajevo, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia[1]
Genres Pop rock
Years active 1983–present
Associated acts Merlin, Emina Jahović, Mustafa Sandal
Website Dinomerlin.net

Edin Dervišhalidović (Bosnian pronunciation: [ědin derʋiʃxaːlǐdoʋitɕ]; born 12 September 1962), known by his stage name Dino Merlin (Bosnian pronunciation: [dǐːno měrlin]), is a prominent Bosnian singer-songwriter, musician, and producer. He is considered to be one of the most prominent and commercially successful artists from Bosnia and Herzegovina and is also widely popular in the other countries of the former Yugoslavia.[2] He is also famous amongst the Bosnian and ex-Yugoslav diaspora communities in the United States, Turkey, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Bulgaria, and Austria.

Music career[edit]

Merlin Band[edit]

Edin Dervišhalidović founded the band Merlin in 1983 and has been its singer and songwriter since. With the band, he has recorded 5 studio albums: Kokuzna vremena in 1985, Teško meni sa tobom (a još teže bez tebe) in 1986, Merlin in 1987, Nešto lijepo treba da se desi in 1989, and Peta strana svijeta in 1990.

Solo career[edit]

Dervišhalidović began his solo career under the name Dino Merlin in 1991, and recorded five studio albums: Moja bogda sna in 1993, Fotografija in 1995, Sredinom in 2000, Burek in 2004, Ispočetka in 2008 and 2 live albums, Vječna vatra in 1999 and Live Koševo 2004 in 2005.

Dino Merlin wrote the first national anthem of Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina called Jedna si, jedina.[3][dead link] He has also taken part in Eurovision Song Contests, in Millstreet in 1993 (Dino is the author of Sva bol svijeta) and in Jerusalem in 1999 (singing Putnici with Béatrice, a French singer). Dino Merlin has also taken part in other big European festivals, such as Copenhagen in 1996 and Turkovision in 1997.[citation needed] His tour promoting his Sredinom album, which was released in 2000, included over 200 concerts, with a spectacular performance at the Koševo Olympic Stadium in Sarajevo, in front of an audience of about 80,000.[citation needed] The Sredinom album was the top-selling album in Bosnia and Herzegovina and sold in all of the countries that were once part of Yugoslavia.[citation needed]

Dino Merlin's next album, Burek, was released in 2004. Three songs were featured as singles: Burek, Supermen and Ako Nastaviš Ovako. The album includes 15 tracks, many of which are new. The song Supermen is sung by Dino Merlin with a guest appearance by Željko Joksimović, who is also the composer of the song.

Many of the songs on this album have also appeared on his Live Koševo 2004 album released in 2005. The other guest appearances on the Burek album include Nina Badrić on "Ti si mene", Željko Joksimović on "Supermen" and Edo Zanki on "Verletzt" and many others.

Dino Merlin's tenth album titled Ispočetka (English: From the Beginning) was released in 2008.

In December 2010, it was revealed that Merlin would represent Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Germany.[4][5] He came sixth in the final singing Love in Rewind. His tenth album Hotel Nacional was released in June 2014.



with Merlin band[edit]

Solo career[edit]


  • Merlin (1990) - with the Merlin band
  • Balade (1995) - with the Merlin band
  • Rest of the Best (1995) - with the Merlin band
  • Najljepše pjesme (1995) - with the Merlin band
  • The Best of Dino Merlin (2001)
  • The Platinum Collection (2006)
  • The Ultimate Collection (2009)



  • 2007: "Otkrit ću ti tajnu"
  • 2008: "Dabogda"
  • 2008: "Da šutiš (Indigo)"
  • 2008: "Deset Mlađa"
  • 2009: "Nedostaješ"
  • 2011: "Love in Rewind"

Songs produced by Dino Merlin[edit]

Year Song Performer Album
1989 Jablane Lepa Brena Cetiri godine
1990 Sto života Vesna Zmijanac Svatovi
1993 Sva bol svijeta Fazla Eurovision 1993
1994 Beograd Ceca Fatalna ljubav
2001 Predaleko Ivana Banfić Ona zna
2001 Ja nikad neću znati Ivana Banfić Ona zna
2001 Sretan ti stoti rođendan* Ivana Banfić Ona zna
2002 Tačka Emina Jahović Osmi dan
2009 Zvijer Emina Jahović Vila
2009 Sreća Hari Mata Hari Sreća
2009 U znaku djevice Hari Mata Hari Sreća
2010 Adı İntikamdı Mustafa Sandal Karizma

External links[edit]


Preceded by
Alma Čardžić
with "Goodbye"
Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Eurovision Song Contest
(with Béatrice Poulot)
Succeeded by
Nino Pršeš
with "Hano"
Preceded by
Vukašin Brajić
with "Thunder and Lightning"
Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
with "Korake ti znam"