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15 June 1953

Born in Split Meri attended the High School of Music and the Teacher Academy, Department of Music, in Split. Her brother, Ante, 5 years older than Mary, was an influential and respected musician in Split and introduced her around. In 1968 she won the ‘Raspjevano’ music contest and was asked to join the band Che on keyboards. At the age of 17 she joined the band Delfini and toured the USSR. In 1972 she meets Slobodan M. Kovačević and joins his band More (a band that also would welcome artists like Doris Dragović (1983) and Oliver Dragojevic (1976)). Slobodan persues to start writing herself and she contributes to hits like ‘Ti si moj san’, ‘Gdje god da pođeš’ and ‘Samo simpatija’. After the demise of More (the band only released one album but had big success with singles from the Split festival) Meri records her debut solo album in 1979 in Arnhem in the Netherlands together with her brother. The album is a minor success but it is the follow up ‘Ja sam žena’ that establishes her name. She gets send on an international tour taking her to the US and Australia. The following albums equal the success but with ‘Prašina s puta’, which is more somber in tone, the sales suddenly stock. Still she receives in 1983 the ‘Zlatnu pticu’ for total sales exceeding one million copies. In 1989 she refinds herself by winning Split with the song ‘Dome moj’. The song would become a Belgian hit in 1990 in a translated version, then called ‘Veel te mooi’ by Sanne and Erik van Neygen. At the beginning of the 1990s, Cetinić decided to stop for a while with her career and dedicate time to her family. At that moment the war in Yugoslavia burst loose, a period in which she held numerous humanitarian concerts abroad, together with Tomislav Ivcica and Đani Dawn. Some of the songs that are on her repertoire in that period are compiled on the album ‘Zašto te volim’ in 1996. A full new album is released in 1998 with the band Songkillers. A year she celebrates her anniversary with a live-show with many guests. The whole event is recorded and released as ‘Malo mora na mom dlanu’ in  2001. Then again things go quiet until in 2005 she suddenly returns to Split festival with the song ‘Sjena tvoga tila’ , a jazz song performed with the young band Black Coofee. Later that year a whole jazz-album would follow. In 2007 she is admitted to the prestigious Nagrade Hrvatske Glazbene Unije. Her last album to date was released in 2009. ‘Virno srce’ much more Dalmatian folk then her other material.

On the web:

- Meri's website: http://www.mericetinic.com/

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Hana Zagarová (Czech republic)

What do we think:

DB: Another tip if you have a fondness for female singers in the light-pop segment. High pitching voice, smoothing between folk and pop with some jazz in the middle. Meri is one of those Split-festival canons that almost lives on that stage. Pretty constant catalogue so if you like one album you probably like the lot.

Recommended albums:

- More (with Meri on keyboards and vocals) - 1975

♪♪♪ - Meri - 1979

♪♪♪♪ - Ja sam žena - 1980

- U prolazu - 1981

- As - 1982

- Prašina s puta - 1983

- Meri VI - 1985

- Potraži me - 1988

- Zlatni snovi - 1989

- Zašto te volim - 1996

- Putovanja - 1998

- Tiramola -2006

- Virno srce - 2009

♪♪♪♪♪ = outstanding album, an absolute must-have
♪♪♪♪ = great album, highly recomended
♪♪♪ = nice album
♪♪ = be careful, requires listening before buying
♪ = best to be avoided


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