Bojana Nikolic, born in 1984, finished her Master’s Degree at the Ethnomusicology Department of the Faculty of Music Arts in Belgrade. She graduated from the Department of Serbian traditional singing and playing in the Secondary Music School "Mokranjac'' in Belgrade. She is actively engaged in field researching and studies of vocal techniques from the whole of the Balkans regions, especially the Serbian and Bulgarian styles. Participate in symposiums and workshops in which she is presenting Serbian traditional singing styles from the entire territory of the former Yugoslav republics.
From her fourteen ears as a professional engaged in singing, she performed over 250 concerts at home and abroad (America, Canada, Mexico, Luxemburg, Belgium, Netherland, France, Hungary, China, India, Italy etc), and collaborated with numerous musicians and world music ensembles, such as: ''Sanja Ilic & Balkanika'' (Serbia), Teodosi Spassov (Bulgaria), Palya Bea (Hungary), ''Hazari'' (Serbia) etc.
She is founded her own world music group in december 2008, with which she perform the music of the Balkans.
In 2010 she became a part of new international group ''Taram'' with: Tuur Florizoon (Belgium), Mohammed Antar (Egypt), Bogusz Wekka (Poland), Mihaly Gyorgy (Hungary) and Oriol Gonzales (Spain).
Also in 2010. Bojana Nikolic founded Agency ''Balkan Culture Heritage'', to promote and preservate oral tradition.
In 2011. she founded ''The School of Serbian and Balkan traditional singing by Bojana Nikolic'' – first in the Balkan area.
About her world music group:
Bojana Nikolic with her group performs Serbian and the Balkans traditional folk and old city songs. She performs songs from all areas of Serbia - Vojvodina, Sumadija, Kosovo and Metohija, Western and Eastern Serbia as well as the songs from the Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Greece and Romania.
The members of the group are students and undergraduates of the Faculty of Music Arts in Belgrade who are in this kind of music professionally for a long time. ''We perform our songs in different arrangements which do not disrupt the basic melody of songs and kolo dances. By the combination of voice, wind instruments (the frula, the bagpipes, the kaval, and the clarinet), the guitar, percussion instruments (the tarabuka, the bendir, the daire, the suske) and the string orchestra we give new freshness to the songs and make their sounds closer to present time''.
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