Magnifico

(disco Balkan funk)

territory: Scandinavia

Magnifico is a chansonnier, a cowboy, a balkan chameleon. His music is deeply inspired by the ex-yugoslav schlager music scene, spiced with unique blend of latin, reggae, surf and balkan elements. With his first three albums – “Od srca od srca” (1993), “Gdo je čefur” (1996) and “Sexy Boy” (1999) – he established himself as an unorthodoxly versatile composer and musician in the ex-yu region.

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With his borderless music he often brought up lively public reaction. In 2002 his provocations reached as far as European Parliament: Magnifico was the mastermind behind the Slovenian entry in that year’s Eurovision Song Contest. “Only Love (Samo lijubezen)” was sung by a trio of transvestites “Sestre“ and sparked anti-gay protests across Slovenia and furious debate in Slovenian Parliament, reaching as far as the European level. As result of this and his later works like “Magnifico is fagot (Magnifico je peder)“, he obtained an iconic status among the LGBT community.

In 2004 Sony music entertainment released his fourth studio album titled ̋ Export/ Import ̋ , featuring the smash hit ̋ Hir ai kam, Hir ai go ̋ and the eclectic ̋ Giv Mi Mani ̋ . The magnificently diverse Balkan-beat album got a lot of airtime on radio stations and clubs throughout the world, which introduced Magnifico to a much wider audience.

His music also appeared on wildly popular Putumayo compilations as well as many others, such as BalkanBeats vol. 3 and Swing Style vol. 3.

In 2010 his fifth studio album ̋ Magnification ̋ was released by Piranha Musik. This time around he took a Balkan spaghetti-western turn. The first single ̋ Zum zum ̋ is a special blend of surf guitars with gypsy saxophone wizard Ferus Mustafov.

Magnifico is currently in the process of recording his new studio album. New album will be released in March 2016!