Dragana in 2013, performing during a concert
in Sofia, Bulgaria
|Birth name||Dragana Mirković|
18 January 1968 |
Požarevac, SR Serbia, Yugoslavia
|Genres||Folk, turbo-folk, pop-folk|
|Occupations||Singer, art director of DM SAT|
|Labels||Diskos, PGP-RTB, Zabava miliona (ZaM), PGP RTS, Lucky Sound, Euro Centar, Grand Production, Komuna, Vujin, Zmex|
Dragana Mirković (Serbian Cyrillic: Драгана Мирковић, pronounced [drǎɡana mǐːrkɔ̝v̞it͡ɕ]; born 18 January 1968) is a Serbian pop-folk singer. She is very popular in ex-Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Romania, Greece and Turkey. Mirković is arguably one of the most successful artists from the former Yugoslavia, along with Bosnian singer Lepa Brena.
Early life and career
Mirković was born in January 1968, in Kasidol, a village in Požarevac, Serbia, then a part of Yugoslavia, the youngest of two children. As a child, she lived with her parents, her grandparents, and her sister, Dušica. A major musical influence in her youth was her grandfather, Dragutin, who played the accordion. At the age of five sang the Bosnian folk song "Djevojka sokolu zulum učinila". The story of a talented young singer in Kasidol quickly spread and got the attention of the heads of record label "Diskos". They visited Mirković's parents at their house and suggested that she become a professional singer.
Her first two releases, Sanjala sam naše venčanje (1984) and Umiljato oko moje (1985), were solo albums. Her third release, Spasi me samoće (1986), was a collaborative album with the band Južni Vetar. The single of the same name was a major hit and brought Mirković and her band to the top of the Yugoslav music scene. She went on to record four more albums with Južni Vetar: Ruže cvetaju samo u pesmama (1987), Najlepši par (1988) with hit single "Milo moje, što te nema", Simpatija (1989) and Pomisli želju (1990).
Mirković's eighth studio album (and third solo project), Dobra devojka (1991), had two major hit singles: "Umreću zbog tebe" and "Dodaj gas". It was followed by Dolaze nam bolji dani (1992) with multiple hit songs: "Umirem majko", "Pitaju me u mom kraju", "Da, da, da", "O, da li znaš", "Dobro jutro, dobar dan", "Sedmi dan". That same year, she held eleven consequent concerts in Belgrade, with an audience of 50,000 people.
1993 saw the release of Mirković's tenth studio album, Do poslednjeg daha, which featured the hit song of the same name, along with "Baš tebe volim ja". More hit songs were featured on her eleventh album, Nije tebi do mene (1994): "Crni leptir", "Čarolija", "Varala bih, varala" and "Opojni su zumbuli". She held a concert in Podgorica, Montenegro that year that had 25,000 attendees.
In 1995, Mirković held a big concert in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia at the stadium of FC Vardar in front of 30,000 fans. During her 1995 tour, she was seen by over 200,000 people and two years earlier had been declared the third most popular personality of the former Yugoslavia.
Mirković released four more albums in the 1990s: Plači Zemljo (1995) with hit singles "I u dobru i u zlu", "Vrati mi se ti", "Uzeo si moja jutra" and "Divlja devojka", Nema promene (1996), with singles "Dušu si mi opio", "To nije tvoja stvar" and "Oči pune tuge", Kojom gorom (1997) with songs like "Poslednje veče", "O na, na, na" and the title track. Her final release of the 1990s was U godini (1999), a collaborative album with Zlaja Band.
After the release of her seventeenth studio album, Sama, with hit singles "Svatovi" and the title track, she went on a four-year hiatus, returning with 2004's Trag u vremenu. The comeback album featured multiple hit singles including "Tamo gde je milo moje", "Prsten", "Zašto zoro svanjavaš" and "Preživeću".
She then released two more albums: Luče moje (My Dear, 2006) with hit singles "Pečat na usnama", "Na kraju", "Luda kao ja", "Nepoželjna" and the title track, then Eksplozija (2008) with songs like "Laste", "Zemljo okreni se", "Ko je ta", and "Život moj".
In the first half of 2011, she released three new songs and a remake of an old song of hers. The new songs, "Drugovi", "Srce moje" and "Jedini", all became hits in the ex-Yugoslav countries. The updated version of her 1991 song, "Umreću zbog tebe" was also well received. Those four songs, along with sixteen new ones are featured on her jubilee twentieth studio album, 20, released 5 December 2012.
Dragana married an Austrian businessman of Bosnian Croat ethnicity, Toni Bijelić, in 1999 and decided to take time off and dedicate herself to her newly formed family. The couple have a son, Marko (born 2000), and a daughter, Manuela (born 2001). They reside in the Austrian capital Vienna. They own a satellite Balkan music channel DM SAT.
- Studio albums
- Sanjala sam naše venčanje (1984)
- Umiljato oko moje (1985)
- Spasi me samoće (1986)
- Ruže cvetaju samo u pesmama (1987)
- Najlepši par (1988)
- Simpatija (1989)
- Pomisli želju (1990)
- Dobra devojka (1991)
- Dolaze nam bolji dani (1992)
- Do poslednjeg daha (1993)
- Nije tebi do mene (1994)
- Plači zemljo (1995)
- Nema promene (1996)
- Kojom gorom (1997)
- U godini (1999)
- Sama (2000)
- Trag u vremenu (2004)
- Luče moje (2006)
- Eksplozija (2008)
- 20 (2012)
- Other albums
- Svi grešimo (1989) - Sinan Sakić
- Ja te volim to ne krijem (1989) - Miodrag Jakovljević Jaka
- Voljeno moje (1989) - Rade Krstić
- Moj doktore (1989) - Zana
- Hej devojko da li imaš momka (1989) - Miodrag Jakovljevic
- Sele moja (1995) - Zorica Brunclik
- Samo jedan sat (1996) - Beat Streat
- Zenico oka mog (1999) - Zoran Starčević
- Srcu nije lako (2003) - Divlji Kesten
- Ja imam te a k`o da nemam te (2003) - Hari Mata Hari
- Na zadnjem sjedištu moga auta (Uživo) (2005) - Goran Bregović
- Gromovi (2009) - Boban Rajović
- Ti misliš da je meni lako (2012) - Plavi orkestar
- Kad nas vide zagrljene (2013) - Hanka Paldum
- Other singles
- Backing Vocals
- Gordy, Eric D. (1999). The culture of power in Serbia: nationalism and the destruction of alternatives. Penn State Press. pp. 134–. ISBN 978-0-271-01958-1. Retrieved 30 June 2011.
- "Lepa Brena u Centralnom Dnevniku 6:14 - 6:19". YouTube. May 2009. Retrieved 10 April 2013.