Šaban Šaulić

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Šaban Šaulić
Šaban Šaulić in Sofia.jpg
Šaulić performing in 2016
Born(1951-09-06)6 September 1951
Died17 February 2019(2019-02-17) (aged 67)
Cause of deathTraffic collision
OccupationSinger
Years active1969–2019
Spouse(s)
Gordana Šaulić
(m. 1974; his death 2019)
Children4
Musical career
GenresFolk
InstrumentsVocals
Labels
Associated acts

Šaban Šaulić (Serbian Cyrillic: Шабан Шаулић; 6 September 1951 – 17 February 2019) was a Serbian folk singer.

Šaulić was renowned for his refined baritone vocals and a career spanning over five decades. He is referred to as the "King of Folk Music".

Early life[edit]

Šaban Šaulić was born on 6 September 1951 in Šabac, PR Serbia, FPR Yugoslavia to Ilduza Demirović and Huso Šaulić. His parents were of Bosniak descent.[1] Šaulić came from humble beginnings, with neither of his parents having a full-time job. His father sold lottery tickets whilst his mother sold children's toys at fetes. As a result, they would spend a lot of their time travelling and looking for work leaving Šaulić primarily in the care of his older sister, Sarajka.[2]

Šaulić initially showed a keen interest and affinity for football. It was his uncle Alija, however, who first noticed that his nephew's true talent lay in music. It was thus that one day in the mid-1960s, Alija asked his nephew to sing for him and his friends at their local kafana. When Šaulić began to sing a well-known Esma Redžepova song, his interpretation was so good that the "kafana" soon filled up with curious locals who thought that Redžepova had come to sing in Šabac. This was to mark the start of Šaulić's five decade long musical career.[3]

Career[edit]

Šaulić's big break came in 1969 when, at the age of 18, he recorded his first song Dajte Mi Utjehu ("Give me Solace"). The song became an instant hit and led Šaulić to make the move to Belgrade, Serbia so that he could continue working on what was promising to be a hugely successful career. [4] By the mid-70s, Šaulić had become a household name and, more importantly, his songs were much requested in kafane.

Šaulić was also a judge on the televised singing competition Zvezde Granda between 2013 and 2016.

Personal life[edit]

In 1974, Šaulić married his wife, Gordana (b. 1958). The pair briefly separated in 1985; during this period, Šaulić wrote and dedicated the song "Gordana" to her. Šaulić and his wife reconciled after just 20 days.[5][6] [7] Together, they had three children; a son, Mihajlo, and two daughters, Sanela and Ilduza (commomly known as "Ilda" and named in honour of Šaulić's mother).[8] Ilda would go on to follow in her father's footsteps and pursue a singing career.[9][10][11]

Prior to his marriage to Gordana, Šaulić had a son out of wedlock, named Robert. He acknowledged him and provided financial support until Robert turned 18. [12]

During a concert tour of Australia, Šaulić's father passed away unexpectedly. He was not able to attend his father's funeral which was held the very next day. Šaulić would often express how he would never be able to come to terms with the fact that he was not in attendance.[13]

Death[edit]

In the early hours of 17 February 2019, Šaulić was being driven to the airport on his way home as he had held a concert the night before in Bielefeld, Germany. His best man, Boban Stojadinović, was a fellow passenger in the car. His keyboardist, Mirsad Kerić, who had accompanied him to the concert, was driving.

At approximately 06:50 am, on the Bundesautobahn 2 between Bielefeld and Gütersloh, a drunk and unlicensed driver violently collided with the SEAT Ibiza that Šaulić was travelling in. This caused serious injuries to all passengers. All three were rushed to the hospital, where Šaulić and Kerić were later pronounced dead.[14]

The news of Šaulić's death was met with widespread shock and sorrow from his colleagues and fans. Many took to social media to mourn the loss and to commemorate the memory of the "King of Folk Music" ("Kralj Narodne Muzike").[15]

Šaulić was buried on 22 February 2019 in the Alley of Distinguished Citizens at the Belgrade New Cemetery.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Dajte mi utjehu (1969)
  • Bio sam pijanac (1972)
  • Tuzno vetri gorom viju (1974)
  • Ne pitaj me kako mi je druže (1975)
  • Gore pisma svedoci ljubavi (1976)
  • Dođi da ostarimo zajedno (1978)
  • Dva galeba bela (1979)
  • Ponovo smo na početku sreće (1980)
  • Meni je s tobom sreća obećana (1981)
  • Tebi ne mogu da kažem ne (1984)
  • Kafanska noć (1985)
  • Kad bi čaša znala (1986)
  • Vanredni album (1986)
  • Kralj boema / Verujem u ljubav (1987)
  • Samo za nju (1988)
  • Ljubav je velika tajna (1988)
  • Ljubav je pesma i mnogo više (1989)
  • Pomozi mi, druže, pomozi mi, brate (1991)
  • Anđeoska vrata (1992)
  • Ljubavna drama (1994)
  • Volim da volim (1995)
  • Tebi koja si otišla (1996)
  • Vanredni album (1996)
  • Ljubav je slatka robija (1997)
  • Tebe da zaboravim (1998)
  • Za novi milenijum (1999)
  • Nema ništa, majko, od tvoga veselja (2001)
  • Kralj i sluga (2002)
  • Šadrvani (2003)
  • Album 2004 (hitovi + 2 nove pjesme: "Postelja" i "Sa njom sve") (2004)
  • Telo uz telo (2005)
  • Bogati siromah (2006)
  • Milicu Stojan voleo (2008)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Balade
  • Najlepše pesme

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Šaban Šaulić biografija". Poznati. 22 July 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Šaban Šaulić otvoreno: Pevao sam i plakao dok su mi sahranjivali oca!".
  3. ^ "ZBOGOM, LEGENDO! Bivši bokser Mačve Alija uveo je svog bratanca fudbalera, teškog pušača od 10 godine, u kafanu i naredio mu da peva! Sve o ŠABANOVOJ PRVOJ I POSLEDNJOJ PESMI".
  4. ^ "ZBOGOM, LEGENDO! Bivši bokser Mačve Alija uveo je svog bratanca fudbalera, teškog pušača od 10 godine, u kafanu i naredio mu da peva! Sve o ŠABANOVOJ PRVOJ I POSLEDNJOJ PESMI".
  5. ^ "Šaban i Gordana Šaulić: Intimna luka u centru velegrada". Story. 29 November 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Žena Šabana Šaulića otvorila kafić". Novosti. 18 June 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Šaban otkrio zašto ga je Goca ostavila".
  8. ^ "Ilda Šaulić". Puls. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  9. ^ "Mlada čeka, a ja mladoženji pucam penale". Blic. 23 October 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  10. ^ "Volio bih da Ilda i Mihajlo imaju porodice i po troje djece". Express. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  11. ^ "Podržavam izbore svoje dece". Story. 31 October 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  12. ^ "Vanbračni sin Šabana Šaulića". Kurir. 7 March 2017. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  13. ^ "Pevao sam i plakao na bini dok su mi oca sahranjivali!". Telegraf. 15 April 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  14. ^ "PIJANI VOZAČ BEZ DOZVOLE DIVLJAČKI SE ZAKUCAO U ŠABANA: Ovo je zvaničan izveštaj nemačke policije! Šaulić sedeo na mestu suvozača! NIJE MU BILO SPASA!".
  15. ^ "CEO REGION U SUZAMA! OPRAŠTAJU SE OD LEGENDE NARODNE MUZIKE: Potresne poruke na društvenim mrežama lome srca (FOTO)".