Miroslav Škoro

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Miroslav Škoro
Born (1962-07-29) July 29, 1962 (age 52)
Origin Osijek, Croatia
Genres Pop, Folk, Soft rock
Occupation(s) Singer, Businessman
Years active 1989–present
Website www.skoro.hr

Miroslav Škoro (born 29 July 1962 in Osijek, Croatia) is a Croatian musician. Škoro's music is characterized by its traditional tamburitza sound, updated to appeal to a contemporary pop audience.

Biography[edit]

Škoro, born in Osijek, completed an engineering degree at the University of Osijek. He subsequently spent some time in the United States of America where he attended two years at the Community College of Allegheny County.[1] During his time in America he co-wrote his first album Ne dirajte mi ravnicu with Pennsylvania native, tamburitza master Jerry Grcevich.

Music career[edit]

He emerged onto the Croatian music scene with the debut Ne dirajte mi ravnicu and produced a song of the same name which would go on to be one of the most famous Croatian songs. The tambura group Zlatni dukati released their own cover of the song that same year.[2] Another very popular song of his in the wartime period was the delicate and tragic Mata (Matthew), in which he also deals with the previously highly-forbidden themes of the Bleiburg tragedy. In 2002 Škoro had a collaboration with Marko Perković on the song Reci, brate moj ("Tell me, my brother"), the year after collaboration was renewed in the single "Sude mi"("[They're] putting me on trial"), dedicated to former Croatian general Ante Gotovina. He made a memorable performance of the song in the 2003 concert at Zagreb Sport hall, in which Skoro broke into tears. The two together with Herzegovinian folk singer Mate Bulić were collectively known as the "Tri Kuma" ("The Three Godfathers") and they were recognized as leaders of a well defined group of singers, in Croatian pop music scene.

Business[edit]

He was also the president of Croatia Records, the largest record company in the country. His leadership of the company, together with the now deceased popular music auctor Đorđe Novković, was very successful in popularizing a renovated traditional Croatian music scene, also in the younger Croatian generation, winning over the urbanized cosmopolitan Mtv-style tendencies.

In 2003, Škoro gained a great deal of popularity as a judge in Story Supernova Music Talents, a reality show aired on Nova TV. Many found his witty comments directed at contestants amusing. Škoro has a reputation of having a definite talent regarding comedy and jokes, and in several of his concert he proved able to amuse audiences with them.

Also in 2003, he sang Mate at the funeral of General Janko Bobetko.[3]

In 2004, his song Milo moje won the Croatian Musicians Union's annual award for hit song.[4] Škoro's 2005 album Svetinja sold over 20,000 copies.[5]

Government and Politics[edit]

From 1995 to 1997 Škoro was the Croatian general consul to Hungary.[6]

On the 30 October 2007, he joined Croatian Democratic Union thus becoming candidate on 2007 parliamentary elections. He was elected into parliament.[7] After that he was appointed as HdZ's candidate for Mayor seat, in his hometown and largest Slavonian city Osijek.

Music festival appearances[edit]

Festivals won are in bold.

Discography[edit]

  1. Ne dirajte mi ravnicu – 1992
  2. Miroslav Škoro i Ravnica – 1993
  3. Sitan vez – 1996
  4. Miroslav Škoro, uživo – 1998
  5. Ptica samica – 1999
  6. Slagalica – 2001
  7. Milo moje – 2003
  8. Svetinja – 2005
  9. Sve najbolje – 2007
  10. "Moje Boje" – 2008

References[edit]

  1. ^ Miroslav Škoro
  2. ^ 16 zlatnih hitova - 1992 - Najbolji Hrvatski Tamburaši (Zlatni Dukati)
  3. ^ Ciglenecki, Drazen; Vejnovic, Sasa (2003-05-03, translated 2006-08-11). "Farewell With Political Messages Of Retired Generals". Novilist. Retrieved 2009-04-16.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ Status Online
  5. ^ volavje.hr - Glazbeni kutak
  6. ^ Miroslav Škoro Biography
  7. ^ "Miroslav Škoro" (in Croatian). Croatian Parliament. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 

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