Friday, October 17, 2008

Sofka Nikolic

Sofka was a gypsy singer who performed in the Belgrade kafanas of the 20's and 30's. Her popularity can be seen in the large number of recordings she made. She was accompanied on many of them by her husband Paja Nikolic's amazing orchestra. In America we have Vinka, but in Serbia Sofka was queen. She has the distinction of being possibly the first woman to have recorded Sevdalinke. She had a powerful voice and her renditions of popular folk songs and sevdalinke were full of passion. On many of Sofka's recordings you can hear her setting the tempo with her tambourine. She also made a set of recordings in the 1960's and her voice was just as strong and beautiful then as it had been in the 20's!

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Sagradit Cu Sajku

Ja Nabacih Udicu

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