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Amira Medunjanin: Damar — review

(World Village)

The Bosnian singer has made several Sevdah albums before this one (without using her surname) but Damar is her most satisfying yet — a set of songs from the Balkans with an ear that listens more widely.

There are Flamenco flourishes embellishing the sweet melody of the traditional Macedonian song “Tvotje Oèi Leno Mori”; piano passages from Bojan Zulfikarpasic recall 1950s Oran; there are echoes of Argentina and Japan.

Medunjanin’s voice is controlled and expressive throughout, and the thrill when she drops into a lower register on the title track is palpable.