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  • Željko Bebek

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    Željko Bebek
    Želimir "Željko" Bebek (born 16 December 1945) is a popular Bosnian singer most notable for being the lead vocalist of Bijelo dugme from 1974 to 1984.


    Early years

    Bebek was born in Sarajevo to Bosnian Croat parents. He showed an early interest in music, entertaining his mother's guests by singing songs he heard on the radio. He also experimented with harmonica, but abandoned it in third grade of primary school as he wanted to play guitar and sing along. His teacher, however, discouraged such intentions so Željko ended up playing mandolin instead. He soon became the school's best mandolin player and was allowed to play guitar as a reward.

    At age 16, Bebek entered his first band Eho 61, which operated as a school activity for musically inclined students of Sarajevo's 2nd gymnasium. A couple of years earlier, the same band featured Kornelije Kovač who would later also go on to become famous musician and composer.

    Bebek's next musical activity came in a nameless band with Šento Borovčanin and Redžić brothers — Fadil and Zoran. Bebek carried on playing with the band until Fadil Redžić left to join Indexi.

    Career

    [edit]Kodeksi

    In 1965 Edo Bogeljić invited Bebek to join a cover band he founded called Kodeksi that also featured Ismeta Dervoz on backing vocals and Luciano Paganotto on drums.

    Bebek spent the next couple of years singing and playing rhythm guitar with the band, helping them become quite prominent locally. As Kodeksi had perisistent problems filling the bass guitar spot, Bebek recommended young 18-year-old Goran Bregović after seeing him play with Beštije in 1969.

    After a falling out with bandmates during the stay in Italy Bebek left Kodeksi in fall 1970 and returned to Sarajevo.

    [edit]Novi Kodeksi

    After returning home, Bebek revived Novi Kodeksi with another former member; Edo Bogeljić. The new band had little success, although they broke a record for non-stop playing, on stage for 32 straight hours.

    The new year brought more creative stagnation as their repertoire consisted entirely of foreign covers. In December 1971, Bebek received a notice from the Yugoslav Armyto report for the country's mandatory military service and Novi Kodeksi played their last ever show in Sarajevo's Dom mladih. Twenty six years of age at this point, Bebek got married with the intention to settle down and leave the music business altogether.

    [edit]Jutro

    Just as he was about to report for army duty in early 1972, 26-year-old Bebek received an invitation from Bregović (whom he hadn't spoken to for a year-and-a-half since the split in Italy) to record a song "Patim, Evo, Deset Dana" with newly formed band Jutro. Bebek accepted, recorded as a studio musician, and then left to serve in Pirot.

    Discharged from the army, and returning home in March 1973, Bebek joined Jutro in earnest, but took a job as a clerk as a protective measure, as he wasn't yet certain about the band's creative and commercial potential. Jutro did become successful and he quit the government job to again devote to music full-time. Jutro soon transformed into Bijelo dugme, with Bebek as a founding member.

    [edit]Bijelo dugme

    Bebek continued as vocalist and occasional bassist in Bijelo dugme from its inception in 1974. Bebek found himself to be an country-wide celebrity. He ended up spending a full decade with the band before eventually leaving in April 1984 to fully pursue a solo career.

    [edit]Solo career

    Bebek's solo career actually began in parallel with Bijelo dugme.

    In 1978, while Bregović was away serving the army stint and Dugme was on hiatus, Bebek recorded a solo album Skoro Da Smo Istiwith drummer Điđi Jankelić, old friend Edo Bogeljić on guitar and on keyboards. The album was released on 28 July 1978, but failed both critically and commercially as it sold only 6,000 copies and quickly fell into oblivion. Though the band had planned a tour to support the album, their plans quickly got scrapped following the poor public reaction.

    In late 1983, just before officially leaving Bijelo dugme he recorded his second solo album Mene Tjera Neki Vrag. The album was released in 1984.

    Bebek had a few major hits throughout his 11 album run. Most of his hits had strong folk influence, including "Oprosti mi što te volim", "Da je sreće bilo", "Jabuke i vino", "Sinoć sam pola kafane popio" (with lyrics by Bora Đorđević), "Puca mi u glavu", "Čašu otrova", "Gdje će ti duša", and "Da zna zora".

    When the Yugoslav wars started, he moved to Zagreb where he continues to live and work. His record labels included Taped Picturesand Croatia Records.

    In 2005 he took part in 3 large farewell concerts of Bijelo dugme. In 2008, Bebek (in collaboration with Alen Islamovic and Tifa Vojicic) formed a Bijelo dugme tribute called B.A.T., which performed on numerous stages around the world between 2006 and 2009. Their 2006 "Kad Bi' Bio Bijelo Dugme" North American tour (together with Okus Meda and Tifa Band), was featured in a documentary titled "B.A.T.: Balkan Rock Nostalgia", (directed by Serb-American filmmaker B. R. Tatalovic). Bebek was one of the three featured performers alongside Alen Islamovic, and Tifa (musician), in a documentary that followed the musicians while they were on tour.[1]

    [edit]Personal

    Bebek was born in Bugojno but grew up in Sarajevo. Bebek has been married three times. He has a daughter Silvija from his first marriage, and another daughter Bianca from his second marriage.

    From his current, third, marriage with Ružica from Tomislavgrad whom he met in 1997 and soon married, Bebek has a son Zvonimir and daughter Katarina, named after his father and mother.

    [edit]References

    1. ^ Tatalovic, Branislav R. (2008-2012). Documentary. IMDb. Retrieved 26 February 2012.
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  • Madonna booed in Bucharest for defending Gypsies

    BUCHAREST, Romania - At first, fans politely applauded the Roma performers sharing a stage with Madonna. Then the pop star condemned widespread discrimination against Roma, or Gypsies — and the cheers gave way to jeers.

    The sharp mood change that swept the crowd of 60,000, who had packed a park for Wednesday night's concert, underscores how prejudice against Gypsies remains deeply entrenched across Eastern Europe.

    Despite long-standing efforts to stamp out rampant bias, human rights advocates say Roma probably suffer more humiliation and endure more discrimination than any other people group on the continent.




    Sometimes, it can be deadly: In neighboring Hungary, six Roma have been killed and several wounded in a recent series of apparently racially motivated attacks targeting small countryside villages predominantly settled by Gypsies.

    "There is generally widespread resentment against Gypsies in Eastern Europe. They have historically been the underdog," Radu Motoc, an official with the Soros Foundation Romania, said Thursday.

    Roma, or Gypsies, are a nomadic ethnic group believed to have their roots in the Indian subcontinent. They live mostly in southern and eastern Europe, but hundreds of thousands have migrated west over the past few decades in search of jobs and better living conditions.

    Romania has the largest number of Roma in the region. Some say the population could be as high as 2 million, although official data put it at 500,000.

    Until the 19th century, Romanian Gypsies were slaves, and they've gotten a mixed response ever since: While discrimination is widespread, many East Europeans are enthusiastic about Gypsy music and dance, which they embrace as part of the region's cultural heritage.

    That explains why the Roma musicians and a dancer who had briefly joined Madonna onstage got enthusiastic applause. And it also may explain why some in the crowd turned on Madonna when she paused during the two-hour show — a stop on her worldwide "Sticky and Sweet" tour — to touch on their plight.

    "It has been brought to my attention ... that there is a lot of discrimination against Romanies and Gypsies in general in Eastern Europe," she said. "It made me feel very sad."

    Thousands booed and jeered her.

    A few cheered when she added: "We don't believe in discrimination ... we believe in freedom and equal rights for everyone." But she got more boos when she mentioned discrimination against homosexuals and others.

    "I jeered her because it seemed false what she was telling us. What business does she have telling us these things?" said Ionut Dinu, 23.

    Madonna did not react and carried on with her concert, held near the hulking palace of the late communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.

    Her publicist, Liz Rosenberg, said Madonna and other had told her there were cheers as well as jeers.

    "Madonna has been touring with a phenomenal troupe of Roma musicians who made her aware of the discrimination toward them in several countries so she felt compelled to make a brief statement," Rosenberg said in an e-mail. "She will not be issuing a further statement."

    One Roma musician said the attitude toward Gypsies is contradictory.

    "Romanians watch Gypsy soap operas, they like Gypsy music and go to Gypsy concerts," said Damian Draghici, a Grammy Award-winner who has performed with James Brown and Joe Cocker.

    "But there has been a wave of aggression against Roma people in Italy, Hungary and Romania, which shows me something is not OK," he told the AP in an interview. "The politicians have to do s omething about it. People have to be educated not to be prejudiced. All people are equal, and that is the message politicians must give."

    Nearly one in two of Europe's estimated 12 million Roma claimed to have suffered an act of discrimination over the past 12 months, according to a recent report by the Vienna-based EU Fundamental Rights Agency. The group says Roma face "overt discrimination" in housing, health care and education.

    Many do not have official identification, which means they cannot get social benefits, are undereducated and struggle to find decent jobs.

    Roma children are more likely to drop out of school than their peers from other ethnic groups. Many Romanians label Gypsies as thieves, and many are outraged by those who beg or commit petty crimes in Western Europe, believing they spoil Romania's image abroad.

    In May 2007, Romanian President Traian Basescu was heard to call a Romanian journalist a "stinky Gypsy" during a conversation with his wife. Romania's anti-discrimination board criticized Basescu, who later apologized.

    Human rights activists say the attacks in Hungary, which began in July 2008, may be tied to that country's economic crisis and the rising popularity of far-right vigilantes angered by a rash of petty thefts and other so-called "Gypsy crime." Last week, police arrested four suspects in a nightclub in the eastern city of Debrecen.

    Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia also have been criticized for widespread bias against Roma.

    Madonna's outrage touched a nerve in Romania, but it seems doubtful it will change anything, said the Soros Foundation's Motoc.

    "Madonna is a pop star. She is not an expert on interethnic relations," he said.

    ___

    AP Writers Alison Mutler in Bucharest, William J. Kole in Vienna and Nekesa Mumbi Moody in New York contributed to this report. Read more »
  • Rep On Jason Biggs' Monkey Business: "Not Everything On The Internet Is True"

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Contrary to an online report, Jason Biggs has not been attacked by a Gibraltar ape while on vacation on the island, his rep told Access  Hollywood.

    “Jason’s in LA, had a meeting yesterday with his agents,” the rep told Access. “Not everything on the Internet is true.”

    Earlier on Thursday, the UK’s Telegraph reported that the star had gone sightseeing in Gibraltar, only to find himself face-to-face with a Barbary macaque that “tried to bite his face off.” There are reportedly some 200 “Barbary apes” in Gibraltar – a species native to North Africa and brought to the British territory by soldiers in the 18th century.


    The erroneous report comes at the same time as the 10th anniversary of Biggs’ breakthrough role, as a sex-challenged teenager who had a different close encounter – with the title desert — in the comedy “American Pie.”

    Copyright 2009 by NBC Universal, Inc. All rights reserved.
    This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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  • UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GNK Dinamo Zagreb - NK Maribor

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    GNK Dinamo Zagreb will look for history to repeat itself when they host NK Maribor in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League play-off.
    • Dinamo have won all five previous two-legged contests with Slovenian rivals – including their past encounter with Maribor in the 2003/04 UEFA Champions League second qualifying round. Maribor are hoping to turn that history on its head, however, as they bid to return to the group stage after a 13-year absence.

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