|Birth name||Dušan Šestić|
|Born||1946 (age 72–73)|
Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia
Early life and education
Šestić began his professional career at the JNA Symphony Orchestra in Belgrade, Serbia. He was a musician at the Military Orchestra in Split, Croatia, where he lived from 1984 to 1991. During that time, he also performed for the Split Opera. He also composes children's music, popular music, radio music, and TV music. He also worked in theater.
Šestić composed the national anthem of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which was adopted in 1999. After its adoption, some Bosnian Serbs denounced him for composing a national anthem for a state whose existence they were opposed to, whereas some Bosniaks and Bosnian Croats disliked that a Bosnian Serb, such as Šestić, composed it instead of one of their ethnic kinsmen. It is wordless, despite efforts spanning nearly two decades to get lyrics adopted for it. Šestić has expressed his disappointment at its lack of lyrics, having written proposed ones for it which were never adopted.
In 2008, when the Republika Srpska was looking for entries for a new regional anthem, Šestić along with Benjamin Isovic submitted an entry, "Мајко земљо" (English: "Mother Earth") as a contender, though ultimately it was not chosen.
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