Halid Bešlić

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Halid Bešlić
Bešlić performing in Toronto, Canada in May 2007
Bešlić performing in Toronto, Canada in May 2007
Background information
Born (1953-11-20) 20 November 1953 (age 67)
Knežina, PR Bosnia and Herzegovina, FPR Yugoslavia
GenresPop-folk, Folk
Occupation(s)Musician, singer
Years active1979–present
LabelsNimfa Sound, Diskoton, Jugoton, City Records

Halid Bešlić (Serbo-Croatian Cyrillic: Халид Бешлић, pronounced [xǎːlid bɛ̂ʃlitɕ]; born 20 November 1953) is a Bosnian folk singer and musician who has been performing professionally since 1979. Halid's singing career was one of the most successful in Yugoslavia, and continues today throughout the entire Balkan region.

Early life[edit]

Bešlić was born in the Knežina village near Sokolac, Bosnia and Herzegovina, while it was part of FPR Yugoslavia.

His father Mujo Bešlić, a military man, died on 1 April 2016 at the age of 83 in a Sarajevo hospital. Halid, who was on tour in the United States at the time, managed to arrive to the funeral held in a village by Olovo, where Mujo had lived since the start of the Bosnian War in 1992.[1]

Career[edit]

After serving a mandatory stint in the Yugoslav National Army, Bešlić moved from Knežina to Sarajevo and began performing at local restaurants. After several years, his first musical releases were eight singles between 1979 and 1982, with his first studio album, entitled Sijedi starac (White Haired Old Man), being released in 1981.

By 1984, he started becoming more and more well known, with popular songs such as "Neću, neću dijamante" (I Don't Want, I Don't Want Diamonds) and "Budi budi uvijek srećna" (Always, Always Be a Happy Woman) being heard all over Yugoslavia.

Since then, Bešlić has recorded 17 albums and staged countless concerts.

Bešlić released eight albums during the 1980s, with hit songs including "Vraćam se majci u Bosnu" (I Am Returning to my Mother in Bosnia), "Sjećam se" (I Remember), "Hej, zoro, ne svani" (Hey, Morning, Don't Rise) and "Eh, kad bi ti" (If Only You Would).

He also had several hit songs in the 2000s and 2010s. The 2003 album Prvi poljubac featured the hit song of the same name. The song "Miljacka", named after the Bosnian river, was featured on his 2007 album Halid 08 and the songs "Štiklom o kamen" (High Heels on Stone) and "Kad zaigra srce od meraka" (When the Heart Dances with Joy) were featured on Romanija (2013). The album Trebević, named after the Bosnian mountain, was released in February 2020.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Bešlić in September 2007

Bešlić married his wife Sejda in November 1977.[3]

In the 1990s, during the breakup of Yugoslavia, Bosnia went into war and Bešlić staged more than 500 humanitarian concerts across Europe for the victims in his home country.

Bešlić has earned many awards and much financial success from his singing. Among his business interests is a gas station and hotel in the outskirts of Sarajevo.

2009 car wreck[edit]

On 10 March 2009, Bešlić left his gas station at around 4 in the morning, and ran his Škoda Superb off the road, due to icy conditions, and crashed.[4][5][6] Bešlić who was not wearing his seat belt had suffered serious injuries to his face and right eye, initially being in a coma. All of Bosnia and Herzegovina showed concern after Halid's wreck, as they awaited any news regarding his condition. He would eventually make a full recovery. Attempts to save his eye were undertaken at hospitals in Bosnia, Turkey and Belgium however they were all ultimately unsuccessful. After his recovery, Halid slowly made his way back onto the music scene. Notably, he held a major concert in Zagreb at the end of October 2009.

He had earlier survived a car wreck in 1986 with the singer Suzana Mančić.[7]

Discography[edit]

Singles
  • Grešnica / Ne budi mi nadu (1979)[8]
  • Sijedi starac / Zašto je moralo tako da bude (1980)
  • Mirela / Pet godina volio sam tebe (1981)
  • Pjesma samo o njoj / Domovino, u srcu te nosimo (1982)
Studio albums
As featured artist
  • Ne zna juče da je sad (Yesterday Does Not Know That It's Today, 2011) with Viki Miljković
Concerts
  • Hala "Pionir" Beograd (uživo) (1988)
  • Koncert Skenderija (2001)
  • Halid Bešlić i gosti: Zetra Live (2004)
  • Halid Bešlić i Crvena Jabuka: Melbourne, Australia (2012)

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Border Post Singer
2021 Not So Friendly Neighborhood Affair Himself

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.avaz.ba/vijesti/228857/olovo-mujo-beslic-poput-svog-sina-halida-uvijek-je-svima-pomagao%3famp=1
  2. ^ E.Sk. (20 February 2020). "Halid Bešlić održao emotivni govor i zaplakao na promociji albuma "Trebević"" (in Bosnian). Klix.ba. Retrieved 20 February 2020.
  3. ^ "Halid Bešlić razočaran današnjim udvaranjima i moralom". Hayat. 17 November 2012. Archived from the original on 15 January 2013. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Halid Bešlić imao saobraćajnu nesreću". Tračaranje. 10 March 2009. Archived from the original on 30 June 2013. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
  5. ^ "Halid Bešlić operisan posle teških povreda". RTS. 10 March 2009. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  6. ^ "HALID BEŠLIĆ KRITIČNO!". Vesti. 11 March 2009. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  7. ^ "Suzana Mančić o udesu sa Halidom Bešlićem: Umalo da estrada ostane bez dve velike zvezde!". Scandal. 10 September 2012. Archived from the original on 30 May 2013. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  8. ^ "Grešnica / Ne budi mi nadu". Discogs. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  9. ^ "Dijamanti". Discogs. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  10. ^ "Zbogom noći, zbogom zore". Discogs. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  11. ^ "Otrov". Discogs. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  12. ^ "Eh, kad bi ti rekla mi volim te". Discogs. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  13. ^ "Mostovi tuge". Discogs. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  14. ^ "Robinja". Discogs. Retrieved 28 August 2012.
  15. ^ "U ime ljubavi". Discogs. Retrieved 28 August 2012.

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