RTCG—Montenegro’s state broadcaster—has selected Nenad Knezevic, better known as Knez, to sing at Eurovision. In doing so they have bypassed Montenegro’s trendy young things and gone for a 46-year-old musical veteran. Today’s news confirms previous speculation from Montenegrin sources, including Vesti online.
Knez — that means “duke” or “prince” in Montenegrin — came to prominence in the early 1990s, after he competed in the 1992 Belgrade Pop Festival with “Dal si ikada mene voljela”. It may sound dated to us today, but it was wildly popular in Yugoslavia, which explains Knez’s pan-Balkan fan base. We’ll forgive him for the leather vest. The 90s were cruel to many…
In 2000 he won the Budva Festival with the song “Vjeruj”. Once again it has a strong regional sound and some major feel-good factor. And look—he cut that hair!
He’s also composed and produced for big-time Turbofolk artists, including Ceca. Below you can hear their collaboration “Mrtvo more”.
And here’s one of his latest singles “Donna”
What do you think of Knez’s music? Can he take Montenegro back to the final?
You can follow Knez on Twitter.
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