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Radovan Jovićević (Serbian Cyrillic: Радован Јовићевић) is a Serbian pop-rock/folk music composer, producer and band leader. He was born in Belgrade on January 31, 1956. He has lived in New York City since 1999.
Radovan’s career began at the end of the seventies, when he established Zana, the first Balkan band that successfully combined new wave sound with commercial pop. Helped by keyboardist Zoran Živanović, singer Zana Nimani (his high school girlfriend) and Marina Tucaković (the most successful lyricist in Yugoslav pop/folk music), Radovan paved the way of commercial success for many other young new wave bands in Yugoslavia. Although Zana’s first album Loše vesti uz rege za pivsku flašu was experimental with sound, the second, Dodirni mi kolena, was pop-oriented and sold in over 500,000 copies. Songs from this album are still being covered by contemporary pop-rock bands in the Balkans. Their third album Natrag na voz was another success thanks to the song that topped the charts – "Jabuke i vino": a duo by Zana Nimani and Željko Bebek (singer of Bijelo dugme). After Zana Nimani left the band for a solo career in the mid-eighties, Jovićević and Živanović changed a few female singers, but continued in the same musical directions, adding Balkan ethno elements to their songs. In "Vejte snegovi" (1987) they collaborated with a legendary folk clarinetist, Boki Milošević. As a multi-talented artist, together with music composing/producing, Jovićević got involved in the production of Zana’s music videos. He also composed for the most popular Serbian folk singers and had top chart hits.
New York Years
Distracted by the Yugoslav political/economic crisis in the nineties and challenged by his international career Jovićević and his family (wife Gordana and son Nikola) left for New York City in 1999. His US career started in the field of computer animation/web design further developing into a movie soundtrack production. Up to now, Jovićević composed music for Bought and Sold (2003), The Meeting (2005), Recalled (2006), And Then Came Love (2007). Working in the movie industry, in 2005 he met actor/musician Manu Narayan. Realizing that they share similar musical ideas, Jovićević and Narayan formed the duo Darunam and soon after published CD All That’s Wonderful Must Die (2007). Darunam’s music can be defined as a blend of modern pop sounds and world beats.
In his latest endeavour Jovićević joined forces with Serbian/Canadian clarinet virtuoso Milan Milošević on the world music/theatrical project The Last Angel on Earth. Created mostly in cyberspace from different sides of the continent (Milošević lives in Vancouver), songs are inspired by/dedicated to angles and deities originated form the world’s major religions. In a year long creative process, Jovićević draw skeletons for the eclectic musical pieces in his NYC studio, while Milošević and Narayan have given them wings by sending their sound parts through the Internet. The Last Angel on Earth turned out as an amazing musical experience based on the merge of different global ethno traditions (focusing on the Balkans and India), rich with urban rhythms and graced with emotional lyrics/melodies.
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- Angell, Kate Luce (August 28, 2008). "Pittsburgh still 'home' to actor born in Delmont". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 20 April 2011.