Kemal Monteno

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Kemal Monteno
Kemal Monteno Klagenfurt 2011 2.jpg
Monteno in 2011
Born (1948-09-17) 17 September 1948 (age 66)
Sarajevo, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia
Occupation
  • singer-songwriter
Years active 1967–present
Spouse(s)
  • Branka (m. 1971)
Children 2
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • vocals
  • guitar
Labels

Kemal Monteno (born 17 September 1948) is a Bosnian singer-songwriter whose career stretches back to the 1960s.

Early life[edit]

Monteno's father Osvaldo was an Italian from Monfalcone.[1] During World War II, he was drafted and deployed to Yugoslavia in 1945 where he met a Bosniak woman named Bahrija in Sarajevo and fell in love.[2] Osvaldo left his pregnant wife in Italy to marry Bahrija.[3] Osvaldo's Italian wife gave birth in 1946 to a daughter named Danijela, Kemal's half-sister. Kemal was born to Osvaldo and Bahrija two years later in Sarajevo. Although his father was a Catholic and his mother a Muslim, Kemal was given a Muslim name.[4]

Osvaldo only spoke Italian and sang canzone's to Kemal when he was a child, while his mother sang him Bosnian sevdalinkas.[5] Both Osvaldo and Bahrija were employed at Sarajevo's Koševo stadium.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Monteno met his future wife Branka in 1967 in Sarajevo. They married 26 June 1971[7] when he returned from his mandatory stint in the Yugoslav People's Army.[8] Together they have a daughter, Adrijana and a son Đanijo.[9] He spent the entirety of the 1990s war in Bosnia and Herzegovina in besieged Sarajevo.[10]

Health[edit]

Monteno was diagnosed with diabetes in the late 1990s and receives three-hour dialysis twice a week at the University Hospital Centre Zagreb. Diabetes weakened his heart and Monteno suspects that war in his country also contributed to his illness.[11][12]

Monteno suffered a heart attack on 30 December 2011[13] and had bypass surgery in January 2012. A performance at the 2012 Split Festival was cancelled due to health issues[14] and rumors of his death circled the internet on 10 October 2012, even being picked up as fact by media in the region.[15]

On 15 November 2014, after nearly three years of waiting, Monteno received a phone call that a kidney was available for transplant.[16] He received the transplant the following morning in Zagreb.[17][18]

Career[edit]

He recorded his first song "Lidija" in 1967 and has enjoyed a prosperous career in the former Yugoslavia. He is perhaps best known for "Sarajevo ljubavi moja", a tribute to his home town.[19]

Many of his songs have also been performed by others. For instance, "Bacila je sve niz rijeku" was a hit not only for him, but for Toše Proeski, Crvena Jabuka and Indexi. Similarly, others had success performing "Nekako s proljeća" and "Nije htjela". In a February 2014 interview, Monteno said that "Nije htjela" (She Did Not Want To) was written about a famous Yugoslav musician's wife, who was in love with another singer.[20]

Over the years, due to his style of music, he has become known as the "Bosnian Roy Orbison."[21]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Muziko, ljubavi moja (1973)
  • Žene, žene (1975)
  • Moje pjesme, moji snovi (1977)
  • Za svoju dušu (1980)
  • Dolly Bell (1981)
  • Uvijek ti se vraćam (1984)
  • Moje najdraže pjesme (1985)
  • Romantična ploča (1986)
  • Kako da te zaboravim (1987)
  • Dunje i kolači (2004)
  • Samo malo ljubavi (2009)
  • Šta je život (2013)

Singles and EPS[edit]

  • Sviraj, gitaro moja / Još juče bili smo sretni (1969)
  • Tužna je muzika / Pružam ti ruke (1971)
  • Što sam ti skrivio, živote moj / Jedne noći u Decembru (1971)
  • Laž (1972)
  • Dušo moja / Nana (1973)
  • Pahuljice moja (1974)
  • Moj prijatelj ari / Mali mir (1974)
  • Adrijana / Novembar (1974)
  • Pjesma zaljubljenika / Znam sve o tebi (1975)
  • Hiljade bijelih marama / Kad nas jednom godine odnesu (1976)
  • Tajna žena / Kad smo pošli mi u šumu (1976)
  • Sarajevo, ljubavi moja / Kratak je svaki tren (1976)
  • Ljubavna bol (1977)
  • Cvite bili iz Đardina / Nemoj reći doviđenja (1977)
  • Volim te živote kakav jesi / Na kraju grada (1978)
  • Sunce djetinjstva / Putovanja, putovanja (1978)
  • Nije htjela / Nek' sviraju gitare (1978)
  • Ej, srećo moja / Čekat ću te (1978)
  • Adriana, Adriana / Bracera (1979)
  • Postoji li mjesto / Ti si moja poezija (1979)
  • Energoinvest (1982)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Volim te živote kakav jesi (1978)
  • The Platinum Collection (2007)
  • The Best Of... // Live (2012)
  • 50 originalnih pjesama (2014)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Intervju: Kemal Monteno". Južne vesti. 5 September 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Naša je Juga za mene bila najlepša zemlja". Blic. 11 November 2007. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Životna priča - Kemal Monteno: Pesma mi je mnogo dala, ali i uzela". Story. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Muškarci više plaču od žena, ali krišom!". Svet. 28 February 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "Kemal Monteno, kompozitor i pevač : Naša je Juga za mene bila najlepša zemlja". Ekapija. 11 November 2007. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "Majka mi je prala dresove za FK Sarajevo, a stari je bio oružar i izdavao je kopačke i lopte". Blic. 27 February 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "Kemal Monteno o jugonostalgiji: Plačem za starim dobrim vremenima, niko normalan ne bi rasturao onakvu državu, kakvu smo mi imali". Press. 20 October 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "Živim, pevam, fali samo bubreg". Blic. 22 February 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  9. ^ "Kemal Monteno je bolje, za dva tjedna ide na kućnu njegu". 24 sata. 25 November 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "Ljubav ne može pobijediti niko". Slobodna evropa. 20 June 2009. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  11. ^ "Rat u Sarajevu mi je uništio zdravlje". Svet. 5 October 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  12. ^ "Ne, dijabetes me neće uništiti: Kemal popije 20 tableta na dan". 24 sata. 30 September 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  13. ^ "Kemal Monteno u Rebru nakon infarkta: Javili su se svi moji pravi prijatelji Arsen, Halid, Tereza". Index. 6 January 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  14. ^ "Kemalu Montenu pozlilo zbog vrućine, nije zapjevao u Splitu". 24 sata. 1 July 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  15. ^ "Koji srčani udar, imam novo srce i pod garancijom je!". 24 sata. 10 October 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  16. ^ "Dobio novi bubreg". Glas Slavonije. 17 November 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  17. ^ "SPASILI MU ŽIVOT Kemal Monteno uspješno operiran, dobio je novi bubreg!". Jutarnji. 16 November 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  18. ^ "Kemalu Montenu transplantiran bubreg". Index. 16 November 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  19. ^ Dizdarević, Zlatko; Ridjanović, Midhat; Alcalay, Ammiel (1995). Portraits of Sarajevo. Fromm International. pp. 50–51. ISBN 978-0-88064-167-8. 
  20. ^ "Kemal Monteno pesmu "Nije htela" posvetio supruzi poznatog pevača". Blic. 21 February 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  21. ^ "Kemal Monteno - bosanski Roy Orbison". Muzika. 11 November 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Turkey J-DA
Sunčane Skale winner
with Croatia Teška industrija

2013
Succeeded by
Incumbent