Mostar Sevdah Reunion ¥ Ljiljana Buttler

COMPOSERS: Ljiljana Buttler,Mostar Sevdah Reunion
LABELS: Snail Records
ALBUM TITLE: Mostar Sevdah Reunion , Ljiljana Buttler
WORKS: The Legends of Life Mostar Sevdah Reunion; Ljiljana Buttler
PERFORMER: Mostar Sevdah Reunion • Ljiljana Buttler
After a stellar career in the kafanas (music bars) of former Yugoslavia, Gypsy singer Ljiljana Buttler fled the Balkan war for obscure exile in Germany in 1990 before intrepid producer Dragi Sestic ‘rediscovered’ her. With the virtuoso acoustic group Mostar Sevdah Reunion, they made The Mother of Gypsy Soul (2003), a breathtaking collection of classic Bosnian sevdalinka – slow, tragic love songs. This 2005 follow-up of Roma and Yugoslav standards is marvellous. Buttler’s deep, sobbing voice is given sterling instrumental support, in particular by Mustafa Santic’s accordion and clarinet and guest violinist Slobodan Stancic. A few upbeat dances here lighten the mood, but otherwise misery has seldom sounded so musical.