It is time for TOP5 series.
Photo: Vlado Kreslin FB
This week our guest is legendary Slovenian musician Vlado Kreslin.
For nearly two decades VLADO KRESLIN has been in the centre of the Slovenian popular music scene, and over the past few years has surely reached the height of his creativity and popularity.
He began as a singer in rock groups (Martin Krpan), gradually breaking through to the foreground also as the author of numerous unforgettable songs. At the same time, he was beginning to go back more and more to his own roots and draw upon the creative energy of the musical heritage of Prekmurje, the Slovene region which is his homeland. Through his appearances with Beltinška banda – a group of Prekmurje folk singers and musicians in their seventies and eighties / the oldest member, the double bass player Joužek was born in 1905/ -Kreslin enriched his repertoire with folk-songs of the region.
In the meantime Vlado Kreslin has brought together a number of younger musicians into the group Mali bogovi (Little gods), and with them plays his compositions in more mainstream rock arrangements with the touch of the flatlands of Prekmurje. Often members of Mali bogovi join Beltinška banda on stage, and in this way music continues to bridge generations, both for those on stage and those in the audience.
Vlado Kreslin has released 16 solo albums, 10 books (mostly poetry & lyrics)
Some qoutes about Vlado Kreslin
Vlado Kreslin is one of the most influential Slovenian musicians, whose distinctive style combines elements of folk, pop and rock music. He started his career as the lead singer of Martin Krpan, but made an even greater name for himself as a solo artist, focusing much more on his Prekmurje roots. His great ability to combine different music genres is complemented by his exquisite selections of guest performers to join him for his concerts. – Slovenia Times
I prefer traditional music, whatever its origin. Other music is not as interesting or exiting, since it derives from derivatives. I really like Vlado Kreslin’s approach. –Goran Bregović
Vlado Kreslin is the Slovenian “Bob Dylan”. He is immmensely popular in Slovenia. His songs have been used as the basis for novels and films. Scott McCaughey (R.E.M.) introduced me to his music, having discovered Kreslin’s music when he opened for R.E.M. this past summer in Slovenia. – Chris Eckman of The Walkabouts who have recorded their own version of Vlado’s song Tista črna kitara (That Black Guitar) on their album The Train Leaves At Eight.
Kreslin is something of a national institution in Slovenia, a singer and songwriter who is also responsible for a reawakening of interest in older traditional ballads and songs. Martin Krpan split after opening for Bob Dylan in Ljubljana in 1991. It seems his place in Slovenian culture is an amalgam of Christy Moore, John Williamson and Jacques Brel. – The Camberra Times, Tuesday, February 17, 1998, Graham McDonald.
VLADO KRESLIN – TISTA ČRNA KITARA
THE WALKABOUTS – THAT BLACK GUITAR (COVER OF VLADO KRESLIN – TISTA ČRNA KITARA)
R.E.M. & VLADO KRESLIN – THE PASSENGER
VLADO KRESLIN & MILAN KRESLIN – TISTI BEJLI GRM ( HIS LATEST SINGLE)
VLADO KRESLIN TOP5 SELECTION:
JIMI HENDRIX – HEY JOE
BOB DYLAN – POSITIVELY 4TH. STREET
THE SMITHS – THE BOYS WITH THE TORN IN HIS SIDE
ŠABAN BAJRAMOVIĆ – PITAO SAM MALOG MUŽA
MARLENE DIETRICH – LILI MARLEEN