Selimović pictured in 1964
27 March 1939
Trebinje, Zeta Banovina, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
|Other names||First Lady of Sevdah|
Izeta Selimović (born 27 March 1939), known by her stage name Beba Selimović, is a Bosnian sevdalinka-folk singer and was one of the leading female singers of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s in Yugoslavia, along with Zehra Deović, Nada Mamula and Silvana Armenulić.
Early life and family
Izeta Selimović was born on 27 March 1939 in Trebinje, located in the Herzegovina region of modern-day Bosnia and Herzegovina, while it was a part of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. The Selimović family originally hails from Bileća. Being the youngest of five children in a Muslim Bosniak family, she was called beba (baby) by her older siblings and took that as her stage name when she became a professional singer.
Aged 14, she was one of six people chosen out of 300 candidates to sing for Radio Sarajevo, which kicked off her professional career in 1954 as a soloist for the station. Her first single, Po mojoj bašti zumbuli cvjetaju (English: In My Garden Hyacinths Bloom), was released in 1958. Selimović retired in 1988 following the release of her final studio album. Although her recorded songs have appeared on many compilation albums since the late 1980s, she has not recorded any new music since then.
During her long career, she sang exclusively in two genres: Bosnian folk and sevdalinka. She has recorded songs with multiple Bosnian sevdalinka singers such as Zaim Imamović, Zehra Deović, Nada Mamula, Safet Isović and Meho Puzić. She was good friends with Isović and Puzić until their deaths in 2007.
Selimović married young and became a mother at the age of 20 and was later widowed. She and her husband had two sons together, Samir and Senad. Her second marriage was to violinist Dževad Šabanagić. The couple currently live in Sarajevo and they survived the Siege of Sarajevo during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She was one of the speakers at the funeral for Safet Isović on 3 September 2007.
Although retired from public life and opting to rarely grant interviews, she agreed to be interviewed for a November 2014 article with the newspaper Dnevni avaz. Selimović said that she had retired years ago and ignores requests to perform on television, saying she had given the opportunity to younger generations to "continue."
- Po mojoj bašti zumbuli cvjetaju (1958)
- Danju slušam pjesme tužne (1960)
- Kiša pada, trava raste (1962)
- Put putuje Latif aga (1962)
- Sarajevo na visokom gledu (1963)
- Djevojka viče s visoka brda (1963)
- Tugo moja (1964)
- Sedamdeset i dva dana (1964)
- Banja Luko i ravnine tvoje (1965)
- Dva su cvijeta u bostanu rasla (1965)
- Hajde dušo da ašikujemo (1965)
- Kraj potoka bistre vode (1966)
- Tiho teci vodo Mošćanice (1967)
- Vrati mi se, ljubavi (1968)
- Sitna kiša rosila (1968)
- Mene moja majka gleda sa čardaka (1969)
- Što te nisam dragi srela davno (1970)
- O šuti šuti srce moje (1970)
- Na zemlji se jednom diše (1970)
- Plačem ja, plači ti (1971)
- Oprosti, oprosti (1972)
- Ostaje još jedan dug (1972)
- U srcu mome živiš samo ti (1972)
- Zbogom (1973)
- Pruži mi ruke (1974)
- Za kim tvoje srce plače (1975)
- Samo ti (1975)
- Tužno je nebo ljubavi (1977)
- Svu noć sam te čekala (1978)
- Voljeni, ljubljeni (1979)
- Mene majka gleda sa čardaka (1971)
- Od sevdaha goreg jada nema (1979)
- U srcu mome živiš samo ti (1984)
- Gorom jezde kićeni svatovi (1988)
- Sve behara... (1981)
- Najveći hitovi (2012)
- "Un sentimento bosniaco". Girodivite. 31 October 2008. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
- "Beba Selimović: Ostali smo Zehra, Zora i ja!". Bileca. 1 August 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
- "Sevdah Changes - Glas Bebe Selimović". Radio Sarajevo. 10 November 2014. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
- "LIFESTYLE - JEL' SE SJEĆATE". Puls. 30 November 2010. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
- "Koji su harmonikaši bili kobni za pjevačice?". Folkoteka. 14 April 2012. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
- "Beba Selimović: Treba znati kad stati". Dnevni avaz. 8 November 2014. Retrieved 23 November 2014.