Monteno in 2011
17 September 1948 |
Sarajevo, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia
Kemal Monteno (born 17 September 1948) is a Bosnian singer-songwriter whose career stretches back to the 1960s.
Monteno's father Osvaldo was an Italian from Monfalcone. 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. Osvaldo left his pregnant wife in Italy to marry Bahrija. 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.
Monteno met his future wife Branka in 1967 in Sarajevo. They married 26 June 1971 when he returned from his mandatory stint in the Yugoslav People's Army. Together they have a daughter, Adrijana and a son Đanijo. He spent the entirety of the 1990s war in Bosnia and Herzegovina in besieged Sarajevo.
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.
Monteno suffered a heart attack on 30 December 2011 and had bypass surgery in January 2012. A performance at the 2012 Split Festival was cancelled due to health issues and rumors of his death circled the internet on 10 October 2012, even being picked up as fact by media in the region.
On 15 November 2014, after nearly three years of waiting, Monteno received a phone call that a kidney was available for transplant. He received the transplant the following morning in Zagreb.
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.
- 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
- 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)
- Volim te živote kakav jesi (1978)
- The Platinum Collection (2007)
- The Best Of... // Live (2012)
- 50 originalnih pjesama (2014)
- "Intervju: Kemal Monteno". Južne vesti. 5 September 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
- "Naša je Juga za mene bila najlepša zemlja". Blic. 11 November 2007. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
- "Životna priča - Kemal Monteno: Pesma mi je mnogo dala, ali i uzela". Story. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
- "Muškarci više plaču od žena, ali krišom!". Svet. 28 February 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
- "Kemal Monteno, kompozitor i pevač : Naša je Juga za mene bila najlepša zemlja". Ekapija. 11 November 2007. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
- "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.
- "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.
- "Živim, pevam, fali samo bubreg". Blic. 22 February 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
- "Kemal Monteno je bolje, za dva tjedna ide na kućnu njegu". 24 sata. 25 November 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
- "Ljubav ne može pobijediti niko". Slobodna evropa. 20 June 2009. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
- "Rat u Sarajevu mi je uništio zdravlje". Svet. 5 October 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
- "Ne, dijabetes me neće uništiti: Kemal popije 20 tableta na dan". 24 sata. 30 September 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
- "Kemal Monteno u Rebru nakon infarkta: Javili su se svi moji pravi prijatelji Arsen, Halid, Tereza". Index. 6 January 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
- "Kemalu Montenu pozlilo zbog vrućine, nije zapjevao u Splitu". 24 sata. 1 July 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
- "Koji srčani udar, imam novo srce i pod garancijom je!". 24 sata. 10 October 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
- "Dobio novi bubreg". Glas Slavonije. 17 November 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
- "SPASILI MU ŽIVOT Kemal Monteno uspješno operiran, dobio je novi bubreg!". Jutarnji. 16 November 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
- "Kemalu Montenu transplantiran bubreg". Index. 16 November 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
- Dizdarević, Zlatko; Ridjanović, Midhat; Alcalay, Ammiel (1995). Portraits of Sarajevo. Fromm International. pp. 50–51. ISBN 978-0-88064-167-8.
- "Kemal Monteno pesmu "Nije htela" posvetio supruzi poznatog pevača". Blic. 21 February 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
- "Kemal Monteno - bosanski Roy Orbison". Muzika. 11 November 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
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