Semir Cerić Koke

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Koke
Born
Semir Cerić

(1963-05-23) May 23, 1963 (age 57)
EducationHigh school of metal professions at Marijin Dvor[1][2][3]
Occupation
  • singer
  • belter (remenar)
Years active1988–present
Spouse(s)
Ivana Cerić
(m. 2019)
Children3
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • vocals
Labels
Associated actsAdnan Jakupović,
Amela Zuković;
Elvira Rahić,
Šeki Bihorac,
Miro Asotić;
Milić Vukašinović,
Fahrudin Pecikoza,
Armin Šaković

Semir Cerić (Serbo-Croatian Cyrillic: Семир Церић; born 23 May 1963),[4] better known as Koke (Serbo-Croatian Cyrillic: Коке), is a Bosnian narodna muzika singer.[5]

His music style is folk and modern turbo-folk.

Career[edit]

The beginning of Koke's music career dates from 1988, when he published his debut album – Sanja (for Diskos label).[6] The title song is also notably performed by Serbian folk singer Toma Zdravković, in ekavian form ("Sećaš li se Sanja" – 1990).[7][8]

After cooperation with Diskos, Koke published albums Život Me Je Prevario (1994) and Jednom Se Živi (2001) for In Takt Records. The album Blago Tebi (1999) was released by Sarajevo Disk.[9] The fifth studio album, Koke (2003), was published in Grand Production.[6] Re-release albums Koke (2017) and Blago Tebi (2018) were published for original productions.[10][11] Koke's sixth studio album, Idemo Dalje (2009), was released by Hayat Production.[12]

Koke has recently recorded two singles with music videos: "Kafanica Laganica" for BN Music in 2017[13] and "Sve I Sad" for Hayat Production in 2019;[14] and one without a music video: "Ne, Ne Diraj" (self-release) in 2018.[15][16]

Semir Cerić Koke's evergreen hits are: "Nek' Ti Bude Kao Meni", "Emina" (cover), "Aida", "Sanja", "Glumica", "Zavodnica", "Nevjernica", "Treba Vremena", "Robinja Ili Kraljica", "Vjerovala, Bolovala", "Kad Te Neko Spomene", "Život Me Je Prevario", "Kraj Priče", "Moja Dobra Vilo", "Otkako Je Banjaluka Postala" (interpretation), etc.

Koke gives concerts in Germany, Austria and Switzerland in addition to those in the Western Balkans, as well as USA states (tours)[17] and Australia (tours), – because a large number of Bosnian and Herzegovinian migrants is present in these countries and they want to hear his songs and remember their past.[17][18] Koke also usually performs in Eid TV program on Hayat TV during this Muslim holiday.[19][20][21]

Koke took part in Grand Diet Plus Festival 2012[22] and recently Ilidžanski festival 2017[23] and 2019.[24]

He was one of the members of the jury of music competitions Zvijezda možeš biti ti (abbr. ZMBT; Hayat TV)[25] and Valentino zvijezde (OTV).[26]

Private life[edit]

Koke is married to Ivana as of 2019 and has two daughters with his wife (one's name is Emma); he also has one son (Almein).[27][28][17] The singer has previously been in a passionate relationship with Željka for over 18 years but had no born children with her nor they ever got married.[29]

Semir Cerić has testified against Zijad Turković (Bosnian criminal boss, sentenced to 40 years)[30] during his trial on 21 December 2011 because Cerić and Turković own Sarajevo-based restaurant "Toskana" – place from which killed people Tolić and Ajdari called their families for the last time; also, Turković admitted attempted murder of Naser Keljmendi and according to one witness' (Kalender) words information on Keljmendi's location Turković got from his wife Šejla Jugo-Turković and singer Semir Cerić Koke who had engagement to sing on Naser's son Elvis Keljmendi's wedding party where assassination attempt achieved by bomb has taken place.[31][32][33][34][35] It is interesting that Turković wrote lyrics for one Koke's song, "Malo Vina, Malo Pjesme" (A3 on cassette Život Me Je Prevario).[36][37]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
  • Sanja (1988)
  • Život Me Je Prevario (1994)
  • Blago Tebi (1999)
  • Jednom Se Živi (2001)
  • Koke (2003)
  • Idemo dalje (2009)
  • Koke (2017; re-release)
  • Blago Tebi (2018; re-release)
Compilations
  • Enes Begović / Koke – Najveći Hitovi (2011)
  • Kad Kažu Ljubav (2016)

Festivals[edit]

  • Grand Diet Plus Festival (2012) – "Njen Grad"
  • Ilidžanski Festival (2017) – "Sa Igmana Pogledat' Je Lijepo"
  • Ilidžanski Festival (2019) – "Oj, Safete, Sajo, Sarajlijo", "Treba Vremena", "Kafanica Laganica", etc.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Narodnjaci sve vam je u šaci: Tesar Halid i remenar Koke". slobodna-bosna.ba. (in Bosnian). Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Čekić i kramp zamijenili mikrofonom". nezavisne.com. (in Bosnian). Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Tesar Halid, remenar Koke, bravar Dino…". radiosarajevo.ba. (in Bosnian). Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Semir Cerić Koke biografija". tekstomanija.com (in Serbo-Croatian). Archived from the original on 30 July 2019. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Drugi brak košarkaške zvijezde". gloria.hr (in Croatian). Archived from the original on 30 July 2019. Retrieved 30 July 2019. a potom se zabava nastavila uz narodnu glazbu, koju je izvodio poznati bosanski pjevač Semir Cerić Koke sa svojim orkestrom [and then the party continued with folk music, performed by famous Bosnian singer Semir Cerić Koke and his orchestra]
  6. ^ a b "Semir Cerić Koke". discogs.com. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  7. ^ Toma Zdravkovic - Secas li se Sanja - ( Audio ). Jugoton Music. YouTube. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  8. ^ Toma Zdravkovic - Secas Li Se Sanja - (Official Video 1990). Toma Zdravkovic. YouTube. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  9. ^ Semir Cerić Koke - Blago tebi ALBUM 1999. Sarajevo Disk. YouTube. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  10. ^ Semir Cerić Koke album
  11. ^ Blago Tebi album
  12. ^ Idemo dalje album
  13. ^ Semir Ceric Koke - Kafanica Laganica Official video. BN Music Official. YouTube. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  14. ^ Semir Ceric Koke - Sve i sad (Official Video 2019). Hayat Production. YouTube. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  15. ^ NOVO!!!NOVO!!! KOKE - NE, NE DIRAJ OFFICIAL AUDIO 2018. KOKE. YouTube. Archived from the original on 9 September 2019. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  16. ^ Semir Cerić Koke - Ne, ne pitaj [Wow HP Show]. Hayat Production. YouTube. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  17. ^ a b c "SEMIR CERIĆ KOKE: Sa Emmom sam konačno postao otac". Express (in Bosnian). Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  18. ^ "Semir Ceric Koke - Intervju iz Beča (2019)". youtube.com.
  19. ^ SEMIR CERIC KOKE - Zapjevala sojka ptica (Bajramski program). Hayat Production. YouTube. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  20. ^ BAJRAMSKI PROGRAM (EMISIJA 28 07 2014 večernji) 2 DIO. Hayat Production. YouTube. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  21. ^ "Semir Cerić Koke o novim običajima: Danas se Bajram ne čestita na našem jeziku. Sve je nešto na silu..." banjalukain.com (in Bosnian). Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  22. ^ "Semir Ceric Koke - Njen grad (2012) Grand Diet Plus Festival (Live)". youtube.com.
  23. ^ "ILIDŽANSKI FESTIVAL 2017 - promo (Semir Cerić Koke)". youtube.com.
  24. ^ "Koke o festivalu Ilidža 2019". hayat.ba. (in Bosnian). Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  25. ^ hayat.ba (in Bosnian). Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  26. ^ expresstabloid.ba (in Bosnian). Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  27. ^ "Pogledajte kako izgleda 21 godinu mlađa supruga Semira Cerića Koketa!". ekskluziva.ba (in Bosnian). Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  28. ^ "(VIDEO) Semir Cerić Koke stao na ludi kamen: Mislio sam da nakon tragedije nikad neću naći sreću. Onda mi je Ivana rodila dvije kćerke..." oslobodjenje.ba (in Bosnian). Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  29. ^ "Koketova loša sreća !". ekskluziva.ba (in Bosnian). Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  30. ^ "Turkoviću potvrđeno 40 godina zatvora". balkans.aljazeera.net (in Bosnian). Archived from the original on 30 July 2019. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  31. ^ "Folk pjevač Semir Cerić KOKE danas svjedoči protiv Zijada Turkovića". depo.ba (in Bosnian). Archived from the original on 30 July 2019. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  32. ^ "Koke: Prijateljstvo sa Turkovićem me gotovo koštalo karijere". nezavisne.com (in Bosnian). Archived from the original on 30 July 2019. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  33. ^ "VIDEO /Semir Cerić Koke: Život mi je otišao dođavola". klix.ba (in Bosnian). Archived from the original on 30 July 2019. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  34. ^ "„Koke je krao po tramvajima, prvi album je izdao zahvaljujući Zijadu Turkoviću!"". source.ba (in Bosnian). Archived from the original on 30 July 2019. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  35. ^ "Semir Cerić Koke: Nisam učestvovao u planiranju ubistva Nasera Keljmendija". informer.ba (in Bosnian). Archived from the original on 30 July 2019. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  36. ^ "Semir Cerić Koke – Život Me Je Prevario". discogs.com. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  37. ^ Semir Ceric Koke - Zivot me je prevario - (Audio 1995) HD. Intakt Records Official. YouTube. Retrieved 10 March 2020.

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