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The Dubioza Kolektiv
The Dubioza Kolektiv

"Dubioza kolektiv" is a band from Sarajevo. Their songs, mostly in Bosnian language, somewhere between Reggae, Dub and Rock, are often political, criticizing nationalism and advocating tolerance and understanding. They have released new Albums in 2004, 2006 and 2008.

One of their best known songs is the "Three Headed Monster Story", making fun of Bosnia's three members presidency:

"Destroy the triple head monster
Save ourselves from disaster
Now we need revolution
We'll take no fake solution."

The band explains:

"The three headed presidency is just a metaphor for all problems, and is totally useless. It doesn't have a mandate, they are totally unimportant. They're just there to show up and to spend a huge amount of money for nothing. And at the moment when this song was created, there were three really ridiculous individuals in the presidency."

Dubioza Kolektiv – "Triple Head Monster"

The Band is also critical of the role of foreigners in Bosnia, particularly the Office of the High Representative (OHR), the international body that can impose laws, overrule the Bosnian parliament(s) and sack elected politicians:

"In the post war period what is especially harmful for this country is the fact that the OHR is basically the highest power in the state, with the power to remove Presidents, Prime Ministers, to remove the whole government, which they did on several occasions, but they have neglected to do what was important."

Adisa Zvekic, the lead singer, nearly lost her leg during the war. During the war, as a teenager, she also started to sing in a group:

"I started singing when I was five or six. I sing all the time, I started singing at a very young age but then I realized that it's something stronger than me. The first time I started with a band it was really childish. I was roughly 13, it was 1993 and the war was raging. My brother and my friends had a band or something, it wasn't really a band, it was more like street hip hop, doing improvisations, sessions, when young people gathered. There were not too many grenades in Zenica but there was a great deal of pressure, because there was real hunger, it was a question of survival. During the night there were times when there was no electricity, just darkness. A crowd would form and we would do sessions, singing a little bit, that's how we became Gluvo Dova."

June 2008

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