LitBirthdays November 23, 2010

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November 23

Lidija Bajuk (b. 1965) – Croatian singer/songwriter and poet – Kneya (1999) Lidija Bajuk

Read the Wikipedia article about Lidija Bajuk

Lidija has recorded her own interpretations of Croatian folk music on more than 15 compilation albums/CDs. Lidija’s poems and stories have appeared in Croatian anthologies and in literature magazines such as “Forum”, “Plima”, “Quorum”, “Hrvatski sjever”, “Knjizevna revija” and “Hrvatsko slovo”, as well as in children’s magazines “Zvrk” and “Modra Lasta”. In 1991 Lidija published “Osmijeh je moja najbolja obrana” (Smile Is My Best Defense), her first set of poems as an individual collection. This was followed by “Besput” (Roadless Journey) in 1992 and “Razgovor s tisinom” (Talking To The Silence) in 1995. Her most recent collection of poems “Vucica” (Shewolf) was published in 1999. A book of fairy tales “Z mojga srca ruzica” (A Rose From My Heart) was published in 1995. In 1999 Lidija released her most recent fairy tale book “Kneja” (Kneya) along with a mini CD of her interpretation of six Croatian folk songs. The book is based on the ethnological research of numerous proponents of Croatian national traditions.

Read an reader review of “Kneya”

Read an interview with Lidija Bajuk here

My region, Medjimurje, in the north of Croatia, close to the Hungarian border, is an old area inhabited first by Celts, Illirians and Romans, and then by the Slavs, who moved in around the 7th century. Traditional folk songs from Mejimurje carry Celtic sounds – melancholy and archaic. I play violin and acoustic guitar, but almost all the arrangements contain some of the traditional folk music instruments: cimbalon, shepherd’s flute, reed-pipe, wood-pipe, bagpipe, ocarina

Listen to “Protuletje” (“Spring”)

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