Serbia is the most successful ex-Yugoslav country at Eurovision. They have one victory behind them and two Top 10 results. Despite their Moje 3-shaped hiccup in Malmö, the country’s chances for a second victory are on the up: they returned to the national final format after three years of choosing their entry internally. Back in 2007 Marija Serifovic — she who has a confession to make — won the Beosong national selection and later Eurovision itself. It was the sweetest gift they could have received for their debut at Eurovision (after separating from Montenegro). As a Croat I guess I should be proud that Serbia is Croatia’s neigbour. We are actually the same nation with a slight difference in our languages.
The genres that Serbia sends to Eurovision run the gamut from pop to folk. The question that every real Eurovision fan in the Balkans asks is, “How come they’ve never sent turbo folk?” For y’all who don’t know, turbo folk is a musical style that came about in Serbia in early 1990’s. It emerged from the pop – folk style popular among the rural population. Melos, or Serbian folk, is itself is a mix of Arab-Turkish-Greek-Gipsy and old Serbian music. The modern turbo folk is a mix of pop, techno and folk. It’s quite catchy and very popular among the teenagers in ex-Yugoslav countries. Turbo folk also exists in Greece but under a different name – laika.
However, the performances of turbo folk singers are often accompanied with a whole lot of non-sense. Turned-out teenagers, female strippers and ridic lyrics. Take this for an example:
Girls, two girls a day
and you’ll never be sick
Take your girl by her hand, two girls every day
and bye, bye, bye doctor
Rambo Amadeus, Montenegro’s 2012 Eurovision contestant, knows a thing or two about the genre. He’s often credited with inventing it. Here’s his explanation of turbo folk.
Folk is a nation. Turbo is a system of fuel injection under the pressure into the cylinder of an engine with internal combustion. Turbo folk is the burning of people. Turbo folk is a favorite of the masses. Turbo folk is not music. It’s exciting the lowest passion of homo sapiens. Turbo folk is the injection system of the people. I didn’t invent turbo folk. I gave it a name.
Here are some of the most recent hits from the genre.
To be honest, I hate this type of music and it makes me sick every time I hear it. But I’d give it a try at Eurovision just to see how far a song from this genre could go. Have you all seen Lordi?! They did an amazing job with an awful song…
Some of the singers do perform outside the borders of the former Yugoslavia—mostly in Switzerland, Austria and Germany. Perhaps Serbia could bag a few points from beyond the Balkans…
What do you think? Is there enough space for turbo folk at Eurovision? Which song above do you like the most?
Mario Saucedo contributed this report from Croatia. Follow the team from WiwiBloggs.com on Twitter @wiwibloggs. And while you’re at it, like our Facebook page to stay up-to-date with the latest Eurovision news and gossip.