Zumreta Midžić known by her stage name Zuzi Zu, is a popular singer from Sarajevo born in Velika Kladuša, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Zuzi Zu developed two parallel and separated careers. She graduated with Bachelor of Economics, from University of Sarajevo’s Faculty of Economics. After the graduation she found employment in Government of Socialistic Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina – Department for planning of economic development as an adviser for tourism and trade. She is continued her academic career and she granted at The Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, Netherlands.
At the same time while she’s studying economics she’s also attending Sarajevo’s Secondary Music School – Department of solo singing and after a while she became a member of prestigious Choir of Radio Television of Sarajevo. It was a time of so-called “Golden Age of Sarajevo’s pop music”. The Yugoslav musical scene was dominated by rock bands “Indexi” (Indexes), “Bijelo dugme” (White button), singer Zdravko Čolić, and famous Sarajevo’s musical Festival “Vaš šlager sezone” (Your Hit of The Season). Julio Marić, conductor of the Choir noticed her unique voice end selected her to sing backing vocals for the aforementioned Festival. After that she participated as a backing vocalist, alongside with young singer Gordana Ivandić in the Great Yugoslav Tour of “Indexi” and Zdravko Čolić. Later these two ladies formed disco duo “Rok Hotel” (Rock Hotel) and released single “Disco/Blue jeans”. After disintegration of “Rok Hotel” this duo joined male singer Mirza Alijagić and formed disco group “Mirzino jato” (Mirza’s Flock). The period from 1979 to 1982, while she was a member of the group, was marked with some of the greatest Yugoslav disco hits such as “Apsolutno tvoj” (Absolutely Yours), “Normalna stvar” (Normal Thing), “Charter Flight” etc. In the midst of eighties she’s began cooperation with “Bijelo dugme”, the greatest rock group of former Yugoslavia. She sang backing vocals on the album “Pljuni i zapjevaj moja Jugoslavijo” (Spit and Sing My Yugoslavia) and participated on subsequently eponymous Yugoslav Tour of the group. During all these years Zuzi Zu’s also performed old folk songs called sevdalinke [sevda?li?ke], and she’s recorded twenty of them for Musical Production of Sarajevo’s Radio and Television. Her interpretations of sevdalinke were highly appraised by most famous performers of these songs such as late Himzo Polovina, late Safet Isović and late Omer Pobrić. With last two she went on couple of tours all-round West Germany and Austria. In the year 1991 she recorded her first solo album “Noćas ja ludujem” (Tonight I’m fooling around). The author of all songs was Milić Vukašinović Mića famous composer of rock and folk songs. The winds of Yugoslav war broke her two careers and brought her, first, to Italy and then to Netherlands. In Italy she sang sevdalinke in the prestigious Turin’s Folk Club and in the year 1993 she participated at famous Genoa’s Mediterranean Festival. In Netherlands she’s cooperated with Amsterdam’s gipsy orchestra Ogto Gadje and in the year 2002 they recorded joint CD “Ogto Gadje II”. There she sang four famous gipsy songs. 2005 she returned to Sarajevo. There she joined the band formed by Željko Bebek, Mladen Vojičić Tifa and Alen Islamović, the three former singers of “Bijelo dugme”. Next four years under the name “Kad sam bio bijelo dugme” (When I was white button) band was touring all-around Europe and countries of Balkan region.
Zuzi Zu was preparing nearly 5 years her second solo album. So far she recorded 18 songs: “Vatra”, “Trepavica”, “Čičak”, “Plava banana”, “San o ljubavi”, “Ederlezi”, “Ružica si bila”, “Žena istoka”, “Reanimacija”, “Morska pjena”, “Where Love Has Gone”, “Dove l’amore”, “Trag ljubavi”, “Waar ben je gebleven”, “Delija”, “Lutka od gume”, “Imal jada k’o kad akšam pada” and “Uspavanka”. The standalone CD named “Vatra” consisted of 10 tracks, of which six singles already has videos and they are: “Vatra”, “San o ljubavi”, “Morska pjena”, “Ederlezi”, “Trag ljubavi” and “Delija”. Collaborators on CD audio tracs and videos are Studio Kobac, Studio Futa Radulović and Dejan Miličević from Belgrade. Than Studio Al, Studio Tempo from Sarajevo and Invenio Films from Bijeljina. Zuzi Zu appears as an author, singer, producer and stylist.
She participated in the Tv Pink reality of Farma 5 in 2013.
Although her exquisite voice could be found in the soundtracks of many Yugoslav movies two of them deserve special attention.
The first one is the film “Nacionalna klasa” (National Class Category Up to 785 cm3) by director Goran Marković. She performed back vocals in a main musical theme of the film named “Floyd” and she also sang a song named “Hoby”(Hobby) where punk for the first time was introduced in Yugoslav music. The author of all music was Zoran Simjanović.
The second one is the movie “Dom za vešanje”(Time of the Gypsies) by director Emir Kusturica. There she’s singing the backing vocals for the famous song “Ederlezi”(St. George’s Day) that later became the trademark of the whole film. The composer was Goran Bregović.
1991 Noćas ja ludujem (Sarajevo Disk)
As a member of a group Rock Hotel
1978 Disco/Blue Jeans (Jugoton)
As a member of a group Mirzino Jato
1979 Šećer i med (PGP RTB)
1979 Apsolutno tvoj, Pada sneg (Single) (PGP RTB)
1979 Normalna stvar (PGP RTB)
1980 Ja bih da me druga mazi / Zvezda i alkohol (Singl) (PGP RTB)
As a backing vocalist
1984 Zašto tako strasno (Frano Lasić) (Jugodisk)
1986 Pljuni i zapjevaj moja Jugoslavijo (Bijelo Dugme) (Diskoton, Kamarad)
1987 Mramor, kamen i željezo (Bijelo Dugme) (Diskoton)
1987 Legija (Legija) (PGP RTB)
1990 Nakon svih ovih godina (Bijelo Dugme) (Diskoton)
1991 Rođena si samo za mene (Hari Mata Hari) (Diskoton)
2000 U ime ljubavi (Halid Bešlić) (In Takt records)
2000 Uzmi 1 Ili 2 (Fistik) (Song Zelex)
2004 Pljuni i zapjevaj moja Jugoslavijo (Bijelo Dugme) (Music Star Production)
2004 Mramor, kamen i željezo (Bijelo Dugme) (Music Star Production)
2005 Antologija 2 (’84 – ’89) (Bijelo Dugme) (Not on Label)
2010 Mijenjam (Boban Rajović) (City records)
Soundtrack movie albums
1979 Originalna muzika iz filma “Nacionalna klasa” (PGP RTB)
1988 Goran Bregović, Dom Za Vešanje (Muzika Iz Filma Emira Kusturice) (Diskoton, Kamarad)
1988 Goran Bregović, Dom Za Vešanje (Muzika Iz Filma Emira Kusturice) (Diskoton)
1994 Hoby (as Zumreta Midžić-Zuzi) Original Music Score From The Motion Picture National Class (Up To 785 CCM) (C&H Records)
1992 Noćas ja ludujem (Tonight I’m fooling around), (director Milan Bilbija)
2010 Delija (The Hunk), (director Dejan Miličević)
2011 Ružica si bila (The Rose You Were), (director Dejan Miličević)
2012 Reanimacija (Reanimation), (director Dejan Miličević)
2012 Žena istoka (Oriental Woman), (director Dejan Miličević)
2012 Morska pjena (The Sea Foam), (director Dejan Miličević)
2013 Vatra (The Fire), (Invenio films)
2013 Where love has gone, (Invenio films)
2013 Trag ljubavi (The Trail of Love), (Invenio films)
2013 Dove l’Amore (Where is love?), (Invenio films)
2013 Waar ben je gebleven (Where are You?), (Invenio films)
2014 Ederlezi, (Invenio films)
2014 San o ljubavi, (Invenio films