For decades now, fans have mistreated athletes in numerous ways. Every incident is shameful, but some are outright funny and shameful at the same time. Most fans get caught up in the hype and forget that athletes are like any other hardworking person…except they get paid millions more. A few weeks ago we got to see how classy the city of Miami truly is after Joakim Noah was making his way off the court after being ejected in in Game 2. The blonde Miami Heat fan flashed him the middle finger while screaming in Noah’s face. But the kicker was the security guard who stood inches away and watched the whole thing unfold.
The brightest spot out of this whole incident was that for this fan’s sake it wasn’t Ron Artest, who would have decked her as she leaned over with the middle finger.
For this feature Friday we continue the hype about the legend from Bosnia and Herzegovina. The same legend that has been providing us with hits since the late 70′s and the one that you have seen live many times where ever he has performed. The same legend that you your parents continue to verse his songs anytime a sjelo happens. Yes, again we are talking about Halid Beslic Concert in Toronto.
Most of us grew up with Halid Beslic and his music, but some of us may not know that Halid Beslic started his singing career in the Knežina village of the Bosnian town Sokolac. Like most young men growing up in ex-YU, Halid had to serve in the National Yugoslav Army. After his army tenure he moved to Sarajevo – the same city he’s called home for over 30 years. Sarajevo gave Halid a stage to perform as he went on to start performing at local restaurants and bars. Soon the demand grew around the region and over time he went on to become what he is today – a legend in the folk and sevdah music. He went on to record 8 singles between the 1979 and 1982. His first studio album was titled ‘Sijedi Starac” (The Old Man) was was released in 1981.
Through out next few years Halid Beslic went on to gain a lot of buzz and popularity throughout Yugoslavia with his biggest hits being “Neću, neću dijamante” (I Don’t Want, I Don’t Want Diamonds) and “Budi budi uvijek srećna” (Always, Always Be a Happy Woman), both which were largely welcomed over Yugoslavia. During the 80′s he went on to release 8 more albums with many hits that went on define his illustrious career.
When the 90s came around and the break up of Yugoslavia began, Halid staged more than 500 humanitarian concerts around Europe to raise money for the people suffering in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In total Halid Beslic recorded a staggering 17 albums, which included endless hits that will never be forgotten.
From his singing and different business achievement’s, Halid Beslic has had great financial success. But most importantly he has continued to bring us joy with his voice and great music that will serve today’s generation and generations to come.
We are proud to announce that in partnership with Gremy Concerts and KH Photography, ZA VAS will provide full photography for the Halid Beslic concert. We hope to see you around at tonight’s concert in full spirit with your smiley’s on! Enjoy the mix below and hope it hypes you up for the concert!! See y’all tonight!!
Halid Beslic doesn’t need any introductions. As someone who has been on the ex-YU/Bosnian music scene since the late 70s, he nothing short of a well recognized, respected and adored name when it comes to folk and sevdah music. Born in 1953 and at the age of 59, he continues to be a dominant force in the Bosnian folk and sevdah music genre across the Balkans and the world. Over his 30+ year career, has has recorded more than 15 studio albums and performed in hundreds of concerts.
Wherever he appears, he has been warmly welcomed with open arms. Like fine wine, the desire for his music only continues to get stronger over the years. However, as much as Halid is know for his upbeat music, he is equally known for openly displaying his empathetic side through numerous humanitarian concerts and generous contributions.
This Saturday, May 18th, the Balkan community of Toronto, including other parts of southern-Ontario and northern-United States will have the opportunity to see Halid Beslic at the Sound Academy perform what’s expected to be a sold-out and exciting concert that will feature many hits from his new album, ‘Romanija’ as well as many of his older hits.
The concert will be opened by Toronto’s famous Lemon Bucket Orkestra, who are a Canadian self-described “Balkan-Klezmer-Gypsy-Punk-Super-Party-Band” formed in 2010. The concert will also feature Croatian folk-pop singer Alka Vuica, who, if you recall, ran for Croatia’s presidency in 2010.
Needless to say, Saturday May 18th will be an event for the ages.