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As we wait with biated breath for the semi-finals of the World Cup, here’s an absolutely cracking stat for you – if either Germany or Spain go on to win the tournament (which, with no offence intended to Nagrarok, they probably will), then the only team in the entire tournament to be unbeaten will be New Zealand. Fancy that. Switzerland – already covered way back in part 7, were Spain’s conquerors in the first game, but Serbia, the only team to beat Germany, have remained untouched until now. Let’s change that.

I'm not gonna lie - I just really like this picture.

The thing I find most immediately fascinating about Serbian music throughout the ages is the unique fascination with epic poetry – it’s certainly not the part of the world you would first think of when epic poetry comes to mind (Greece wins out there, of course), but where the Greeks kept their words and their music generally separate, Balkan culture, and particularly that of the Serbs, has sought to integrate the two. As a result, it’s now as much a musical genre as a literary one. This piece of music is based on the poem “The Building of Skadar”, a religious text of unknown authorship, and a traditional Serbian folk melody.

Unfortunately, not all Serbian music is as high-minded and moving. Some people react to major world events by trying to reflect the devastation in their own art, while some ramp up the feel-good factor in an effort to re-dress the balance – and when Yugoslavia fell to pieces, Serbia certainly did the latter with turbo-folk. Don’t let the misleadingly cool name fool you – turbo-folk is actually highly sexualized, disposable sugar-rush dance pop dressed up with a few Balkan folk influences, and its existence makes Serbia the nation that comes closest to having a Eurovision entry at #1 every week. Believe it or not, the woman behind this hulking pile of ridiculous campness has sold 10 million records. Her boobs may have helped (although, let’s face it, she’s no Byanka).

If you prefer something a little more credible, you’ll be glad to learn that Serbia has its own hip-hop subculture. As with most nations, it has its roots in the early to mid 1980s, when Run-DMC and Beastie Boys began to find fame outside of America for the first time, but it wasn’t until the mid-90s that a true scene began to develop – one that proved to be a little more hardcore than most, thanks in no small part to the gutteral nature of the Serbian language. Mainstream exposure was stop-start, as one should probably expect for a genre so prone to political activism and social nihilism in a country at war, but its place in Serb culture was cemented with the arrival of the influential label Bassivity in 2000. This is a track by one of their flagships acts, Belgrade Syndicate (or if you want to be proper about it, Beogradski Sindikat).





R6Rider
07.06.10
Why you gotta diss my homeland Nick?

DaveyBoy
07.06.10
That potential NZ trivia question is quite amazing.

Captain North
07.06.10
There's a suburb near me that's largely Serbian (and has a reputation for violence, fancy that). Most of the kids are into hiphop and rap.

R6Rider
07.06.10
Sadly that's how it is around me also Captain. I mean listen to what you want, it's about what you prefer. But those same kids think they're sooooo much better than everyone else.

Powerban
07.06.10
lol at that picture

vanderb0b
07.06.10
Was that hardcore rap about water polo?

DaveyBoy
07.06.10
I have an itch... Or should that be -ic?

beefshoes
07.06.10
When I think of Serbia I usually picture Nicko from GTA4

RoshanC
07.06.10
I'm off to Serbia tomoro for EXIT festival. I think there are a fair few local bands playing. Might check some out if its like that last group, but hopefully there isnt too much of that turbo folk

MassiveAttack
07.06.10
Nce man, too bad Croatia weren't in this years WC would of been an interesting write up. Nice hip-hop submission as well.

Nagrarok
07.06.10
' if either Germany or Spain go on to win the tournament (which, with no offence intended to Nagrarok, they probably will'

Haha, I guess I was so actively discussing Holland's good fortunes lately that you've actually put my name in the blog. But hey, that's why it's called probably. I believe Spain and Germany have a higher chance of winning, but I sure hope we are going to. I can't figure out who will be a better oponnent for us (provided we win tonight, of course). A final with Germany would be godly if we won, but even more of a dissapointment if we lost. Spain has been called the world cup winner before the tournament even began, and is possibly a better team than Germany (although Germany is altogether in better shape this world cup), but either way: we're going to be in for an exciting final.

Knott-
07.06.10
Do you know anything about a Serbian music producer with the last name Petrovic'?

Iai
07.06.10
Can't say I do tbh

Nagrarok
07.06.10
I thought the game against Uruguay was pretty much decided after the 3-1, but man, those guys can put up a fight. We even feared it might get to 3-3 in the last minutes.

A winning final against Germany would be so epic. Please let it be so.

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