Cune Gojković

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Predrag Gojković-Cune
Birth name Predrag Gojković
Also known as Cune
Born (1932-11-06)6 November 1932
Kragujevac, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Died (2017-07-21)21 July 2017 (age 84)
Belgrade, Serbia
Genres Traditional, Pop-folk, Folk
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1949–2015

Predrag Gojković-Cune (Serbian Cyrillic: Предраг Гојковић Цуне; 6 November 1932 – 21 July 2017) was a Serbian singer with a career spanning over six decades.[1]

In 1939, he enrolled into primary school and after that he enrolled into the 8th Mens Gymnasium in Belgrade alongside the legendary Yugoslav actors Velimir Bata Živojinović and Danilo Bata Stojković. After high school, he went to the Trade Academy which he never finished due to his love for singing. [2]

He performed in the late 1950s with Silvana Armenulić and an orchestra[3] and even recorded an extended play with her, which was released on 6 July 1973. The album featured two songs: "Gdje si da si moj golube" and "Kad u jesen lišće žuti". He was awarded the Order of Merits for the People by the Yugoslav President of Yugoslavia Josip Broz Tito.[citation needed]

By the early 2010s, Gojković began scaling back his performing schedule. In July 2010 he said: "Performance anxiety is something I still have in abundance. I rarely sing and since the voice needs constant training, I'm simply not able to maintain the level that the audience is used to from me. Anxiety affects the quality of your voice, but my experience helps me overcome it".[4] In November 2011, he added: "I want to calm down. I wish for my career to simply fade out without much spectacle".[4]

On his 83rd birthday, he was awarded RTS's "Golden Microphone" for "extraordinary contributions in the field of Serbia's culture with a brilliant talent spanning over six decades." [5]

On 21 July 2017, aged 84, the Radio Televizija Srbije announced that Gojković had died[2]. Many artists from all Yugoslav countries have publicly given their condolences to the family as well as expressed their grief over his death.[6]

The Serbian Minister of Culture Vladan Vukosavljević has expressed his grief via telegram to Predrag's family. [7].

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  1. ^ Balkan Media. "Kafu mi draga ispeci.." (in Serbian). Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  2. ^ a b RTS: Umro Predrag Gojković;Radio Televizija Srbije, 21 July 2017.
  3. ^ http://www.politika.rs/rubrike/Sport/intervjui/Skupljao-sam-lopte-Dilasu-Tudjmanu.lt.html
  4. ^ a b Srpski Nišvil;Vreme, 26 December 2013
  5. ^ RTS: Zlatni mikrofon za Cuneta Gojkovića;Radio Televizija Srbije, 6 November 2015.
  6. ^ Blic: Lepa Brena oplakuje Cuneta;Blic, 21 July 2017.
  7. ^ Ministarstvo kulture i informisanja Republike Srbije: Telegram saučešća povodom smrti Predraga Cuneta Gojkovića;Vlada Republike Srbije, 21 July 2017