At Eurovision 2006 she gave Croatia a twelfth-place finish with the Dalmatian-inspired “Moja Stikla”. Now, over a decade later, Severina remains the Balkan queen of pop. At the start of February the singer released her latest album, Halo (Hello in English). And luckily for us, she’s also been dropping a series of music videos for the LP’s singles over recent weeks.
Halo is named after the single of the same name. It has an urban and reggaeton feel to the beat. We also see this in the music video with the splashes of colour and graffiti, while Severina works a two piece outfit and long hair braid. The song is co-written by Jala Brat — the rapper who, along with Dalal, Deen and Ana Rucner represented Bosnia and Herzegovina at Eurovision in 2016.
Another new single off the album is “Mirna” (“Calm”), which has that distinct Balkan sound to it.
The music video is filmed in the Turkish town of Pamukkale. The town is known for its mineral-rich thermal waters and Roman amphitheatre, in which we see Severina working every angle.
Then there’s “Fatamorgana” (“Mirage”), with it’s quirky music video and sound.
The Croatian star shows us why she is the Balkan diva. With maids at her every beck and call, the Eurovision alum makes sure all her needs are attended to while she tries to work out if the one she loves is real or not, as she sings: “And, and it goes like that every day / I don’t know if I’m dreaming / Isn’t it love, it’s not love, no / It’s a mirage”.
“Kuma” (“Godmother”) has a strong Serbian identity to it, with the brass band sound throughout. Yet, while the song it still upbeat and uplifting, it also has a slightly more sentimental touch to it.
The accompanying music video shows footage from Severina’s wedding to footballer Igor Kojic. The glamorous event took place in Belgrade back in 2015, with a star-studded guest list. Now we get to have a glimpse into what happened, and no doubt the video will be a touching reminder to Severina and Igor about their special day for many years to come.
The album also includes many singles that have previously been released. They include the blues ballad “Imas Pravo”, the rustic ballad “Unaprijed Gotovo”, the edgy and hip-hop inspired song “Otrove”, as well as one of our top tracks of 2018 “M.A.G.J.I.A”.
You can get a quick preview of all the songs in the album in the video below.
What do you think of Severina’s new album, Halo? Which is your favourite song? Let us know in the comment section down below!