She was born in Zagreb, Croatia, but has also lived in the United States, Indonesia and Russia. After completing her studies of English and Russian she spent most of her life working as a translator and language teacher, in her free time she sang folk songs to her friends. She began performing professionally in 1993, and released her first solo album in 1994, an MC with 12 songs collected by Florijan Andrašec, one of the people she mentions as having a great influence on her music.
In 1997 she was nominated for the music award Porin, the Croatian equivalent of a Grammy, in the Best singer category. As of 2010[update] she released eleven albums and appeared on five other compilations.
The majority of the songs she sings are from Croatia (especially from the region Međimurje), but also from the USA, Macedonia and Russia. She is quoted as saying that her greatest achievement is the inclusion of her album Iz globline srca in the London-based A Rough Guide to World Music where she is recommended as an introduction to ethno-music from Croatia.
Additionally, she translated several Croatian cook-books into English, and the biographical monodrama Why I became a singer at the age of 47 or the fear of cloning was performed by the singer over two dozen times since 1997.
Dunja Knebl is most noted for her crystal-clear voice and very simple music arrangements, often only with improvised instruments or even without any. The songs she sings are slow, mellow and often sad and melancholic. Most of all she likes to record songs she has never heard.
- Čuješ, golob, čuješ (MC, 1994)
- ...Jer bez tebe nema mene (CD/MC, 1996)
- Croatian folk songs from Međimurje (MC, 1998)
- Iz globline srca (CD/MC, 1998)
- Četiri frtalji (CD/MC, 2000)
- Da sam barem guska (CD/MC, 2002)
- Polje široko, nebo visoko (CD/MC, 2005)
- Kite i kitice (CD/MC, 2007)
- Dođe Božić oj, koledo! (CD/MC, 2008)
- Spevala mi papiga (CD/MC, 2009)
- Jelen pase (2010)
- Official web site
- Myspace profile
- 2005 interview for DOP Magazine
- Dunja Knebl, vitez hrvatske tradicionalne glazbe
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