THE PRIME MINISTER OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA, Ana Brnabić, sent a telegram of condolences on the death of Merima Njegomir.
– I extend my deepest condolences to the family, friends and all admirers of Merima Njegomir. Merima Njegomir was one of our greatest artists who nurtured traditional and original music. She captivated with her gorgeous voice, talent and recognizable style and performance. Numerous audiences have enjoyed her songs for decades, which will remain in the unforgettable memory of all admirers. With the departure of Merima Njegomir, our music scene has lost a great artist and a symbol of the most beautiful original music – the Prime Minister pointed out.
Who was Merima Njegomir?
Merima Njegomir was born in 1953, and at the age of 14 she experienced her parents’ divorce, and her mother then decided to leave the family home with Merima’s five-year-old sister, while Merima and her younger brother stayed with their father.
In addition, as she felt a great love for music and singing at an early age, she faced a new obstacle since her father explicitly forbade her to think of it as her life’s calling, but insisted on learning the craft as soon as possible, to get a job and start helping the family.
However, his words and the intention to answer her from the microphone did not affect Merima, who had her first performance in front of an audience at the age of 18. Namely, on one occasion she went out with friends to a restaurant and jokingly told a musician from the orchestra who played that night that she was sure she sang better than their singer.
They offered her to sing, which she immediately accepted, and two months later they contacted Merima’s father, to whom they explained that she had a very talented daughter.
They asked him if she could perform with them, which he did not even want to hear about, claiming that he would embarrass the family in that way. However, Merima did not give up even then, but decided to accept the offer despite her father’s ban, and the rest is history. Performances followed, the audience fell in love with her, and she never repented for this decision, and she became known to the people as one of the most famous and respected singers of folk music.
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