The fusion of sevdah and flamenco was created trying to find a new, authentic sound that connects two cultures. As we know, the Sephardim, expelled from Spain in the 15th century, inhabited the Balkans and brought with them melodies that became recognizable sounds in the sevdalinkas.
We can say that Spain and the Balkans have been connected musically ever since. Sevdah is the lifestyle of the Bosnian people just as flamenco is for the Spanish people. This is another of their common characteristics.
These are songs that are lived and sung not only at concerts, but also every day, at coffee, at a party... Sevdalinka defines Merita as an interpreter, although she sings other styles.
The Bosnian artist living in Paris, Merita Moric, has released her first album "Flamenco Balcánico", which is available on all digital music platforms. This music project is a unique virtuos blend of Spanish and Balkan culture. Merita's debut contains eight songs from a wide range of music: a fusion of sevdah, French chansons, and indigenous Andalusian sound.
"A chance meeting in Granada with renowned flamenco guitarist Jeronimo Maya resulted in a work of art that she is very proud of. Due to the common characteristics of flamenco and sevdah, traditional representatives of these cultures, it didn't take us long to understand that the fusion is natural ", said Merita Moric.
The album "Flamenco Balcánico" was recorded at the Pavarotti Music Center in Mostar and the mix and mastering is signed by Mahir Sarihodžić and Borjan Milošević from the Longplay studio in Sarajevo.
Except Jeronimo and Merita, Keko Galindo (percussion) and Mustafa Santic (clarinet and accordion) also took part in this proyect. The recording of the album was financially supported by the Embassy of the Republic of France in BiH, the French Institute in BiH, the Embassy of the Kingdom of Spain in BiH and APP IT d.o.o.