The legendary folk music singer Halid Beslic held a concert in the crowded Borik Sports Hall in Banja Luka.
The concert started with the song “Twenties”, followed by a mix of old and new songs that the audience sang along with Halid.
At the very beginning, the audience greeted Halid Beslic with applause, and among the great number of public figures, mayor of Banja Luka Igor Radojicic enjoyed the concert as well.
Beslic was followed by the band that has been playing together for 18 years and his guests were Boris Rezak and Nikolina Kovac.
Since his last concert in Banja Luka, almost twenty years had passed.
Beslic was born in the Knezina village near Sokolac, Bosnia and Herzegovina, while it was part of Yugoslavia. His father Mujo Beslic, a military man, died 1 April 2016 at the age of 83 in a Sarajevo hospital following a short illness. Halid, who was on tour in the United States at the time, took a flight and arrived to his father’s funeral. After serving a mandatory stint in the Yugoslav National Army, Bešlić moved from Knežina to Sarajevo and began performing at local restaurants. After several years, his first musical releases were eight singles between 1979 and 1982, with his first studio album, entitled Sijedi starac (White Haired Old Man), being released in 1981.
By 1984, he started becoming more and more well known, with popular songs such as “Neću, neću dijamante” (I Don’t Want, I Don’t Want Diamonds) and “Budi budi uvijek srećna” (Always, Always Be a Happy Woman) being heard all over Yugoslavia. Since then, Bešlić has recorded 17 albums and staged countless concerts.
Bešlić released eight albums during the 1980s, with hit songs including “Vraćam se majci u Bosnu” (I Am Returning to my Mother in Bosnia), “Sjećam se” (I Remember), “Hej, zoro, ne svani” (Hey, Morning, Don’t Rise) and “Eh, kad bi ti” (If Only You Would).
Halid also had several hit songs in the 2000s and 2010s. The 2003 album Prvi poljubac featured the hit song of the same name. The song “Miljacka”, named after the Bosnian river, was featured on his 2007 album Halid 08 and the songs “Štiklom o kamen” (High Heels on Stone) and “Kad zaigra srce od meraka” (When the Heart Dances with Joy) were featured on Romanija album.