#BIRTHDAY: Severina from Croatia is 38 today

#BIRTHDAY: Severina from Croatia is 38 today

There’s often a debate these days about language. Does a country opt for their own tongue, or one of them? Or do they go for something more mainstream? Usually English. There are arguments for and against, but I think it’s nice when a country decides to go native.

There are some styles, and some songs, that don’t suit non-native languages. I admire a country for sending something to our favourite TV show that showcases their own culture, as it proves that a pervasive grey music style isn’t always right. Back in 2006, our friends in Croatia sent today’s birthday girl Severina Vučković-Kojić with a group of gentlemen singing in the local turbo-folk style, with elements of klapa thrown in for good measure. Severina, I understand, was a game old bird and even managed a slight costume change on the night. She finished 12th equal scoring from one fewer national vote than the song it tied with. It showed there was some scope for non-English, and, perhaps, a backstory.

Authors: Riigi Ametnik, John Stanton


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