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Azra
Artist
United States
Influences: East European , Gypsy , Balkan
Genres: sevdah, gypsy jazz
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Azra is a singer of Sevdah, traditional music from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Her singing reflects the lyrical melancholy of Balkan folk with sultry elements of Gypsy Jazz and Andalucian Flamenco tradition.

Azra’s performances illuminate an inner world forever marked by the war in the Former Yugoslavia, and her immigrant life in the United States.

Raised in Bosnia, on Tom Waits, Django Reinhardt, U2, Broadway musicals, opera and classical music – the young Azra successfully mixed those genres with the traditional, Balkan-style singing. Azra received formal musical education at the Zagreb Music Conservatory in Croatia. A dramatic mezzo-soprano, with unique ornamentation and expressive singing style, Azra is a captivating stage performer.

Her debut album, entitled “Azra Sings” was released in August 2012 and contains 14 tracks of rarely sung traditional songs from Macedonia, Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia, and a block of Russian romance songs.

www.azrasings.com