A month ago, they won Beovizija 2018 and earned the right to represent Serbia at Eurovision 2018. And now Sanja Ilic & Balkanika unveiled the new version of their winning entry, “Nova deca”.
The new version of the song was presented on the television show Šarenica, which airs live every Saturday and Sunday on Radio Television of Serbia.
Sanja Ilic & Balkanika: “Nova deca” on Šarenica
Sanja Ilic & Balkanika formed in 1998 with the goal of performing traditional Balkan music amped up with an electronic sound. In a way “Nova deca” represents a three-minute recap of their oeuvre.
The revamped version features slight changes in the instrumentation. This version leans more electronic, with more prominent and modern beats. The female vocals seem to represent the traditional element of the song, giving it its strong Balkan identity.
Sanja Ilic & Balkanika — live at Beovizija 2018
Given that the song was performed with the pre-recorded background music, only lead singers Danica Krstic and Mladen Lukic appeared on stage.
Balkanika is actually a music collective that consists of twelve members, five singers and seven instrumentalists. However, due to the Eurovision rules, which do no allow more than six people on stage, only half of them will be performing in Lisbon.
Earlier this month, Sanja Ilic & Balkanika travelled to Porto to film their Eurovision postcard, which will, as all the others, follow the theme Meet Portugal.
“Hello from #Porto, today we are shooting #Eurovision postcard,” the group posted on their Instagram account.
Earlier last week, Sanja Ilic and Balkanika published their official promotional photos for Eurovision, including the cover for the single “Nova deca”. The photos were taken by Dusan Petrovic.
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Photo credits: Radio Television of Serbia