BELGRADE: Giant crowds gathered on streets in Belgrade, Sarajevo and Zagreb on Saturday, lighting candles and laying flowers to pay respects to considered one of former Yugoslavia’s most beloved singers who died of coronavirus.
Djordje Balasevic, 67, who had been appointed goodwill ambassador of the United Nations Excessive Commissionaire for Refugees in 1998, handed away on Friday night in a hospital in his hometown Novi Unhappy in northern Serbia.
Balasevic, recognized for his emotional lyrics and delicate pop music, was among the many most outspoken anti-war activists throughout a decade of wars that adopted the breakup of former Yugoslavia within the Nineties. He was among the many first singers to cross borders proper after armed conflicts ended and held concert events in packed stadiums and live performance halls all through the area.
“That unique man who wrote the most beautiful love songs, the kindest versus about our childhoods, the saddest rhymes about our misfortune and the funniest verses about our mentalities should be celebrated,” stated Rade Serbedzija, a Croatian-born actor who starred in a number of Hollywood motion pictures.
On Saturday afternoon, crowds gathered in Croatia’s coastal cities, Cut up and Pula. Within the night, followers in his native Novi Unhappy laid candles within the form of a coronary heart within the metropolis sq.. In Belgrade, Sarajevo and Zagreb a whole bunch gathered in essential squares singing his hottest songs.
“For me he is a symbol of a great time that has passed and that will never be repeated,” stated Ivana Kurtesvki, of Belgrade, who joined mourners in entrance of the live performance corridor the place Balasevic held concert events each December.
“He was a man who marked our growing up, our youth, someone who through his songs was present at all our celebrations and parties,” stated Zdenko, a fan on the streets of Zagreb. – Reuters