Amira was born at the time when the popularity of traditional music in the former Yugoslavia was at the high tide, and sevdah held a special place for her. The sevdalinke she learned from her mother were the most beautiful of songs. Her fascination with the oral tradition of Bosnia and Herzegovina led her to devote herself to creating a unique voice within sevdalinke to explore their expressive capacity to the full. After guesting on Mostar Sevdah Reunion's album "A Secret Gate" in 2003, Amira recorded her debut album, "Rosa", (Snail Records, 2005), which garnered great reviews in the UK and across Europe, featuring in several "Album of the Year" lists. Amira has performed throughout Europe and the Balkans, appearing at the Barbican and RNCM in the UK and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Dubbed "Bosnia's Billie Holiday" by music journalist and author Garth Cartwright, the comparison reflects the way in which Amira turns sevdah inside out, finding new contexts and forms within a tradition that is hundreds of years old.
New album to be released in spring 2010
Booking territory: worldwide except Benelux, UK