Art Kuca Sevdaha Cafe and Museum Sarajevo is the place that honors sevdalinka.
Connoisseurs of Bosnia know that Bosnians are very musical. During the Yugoslavian era, Bosnian bands dominated the musical scene. It was no different during the Ottoman era – sevdalinka ruled, and it is still very much alive today.
It is hard to describe sevdalinka. It gives me goosebumps every time I hear it. Every sevdah singer has one thing in common – amazing vocal capabilities. That is because sevdalinka is extremely emotional song. Many sevdalinkas are sad, but some are also joyful. It is hard to translate the meaning of the word sevdlinka, but the best approximation would be – song from one’s soul.
Art Kuca Sevdaha pays homage to this beautiful music and its most famous interpreters. The museum is quite interesting – you can learn a lot about the history of sevdalinka, singers, traditional outfit…
The cafe offers Bosnian coffee, sweets like baklava and tufahija, and traditional Bosnian rose juice, which I highly recommend. For me, this is a must-go place because whenever I drink coffee at Art Kuca Sevdaha I feel like a 19th century aristocrat who has a private singer at his disposal.
Art Kuca Sevdaha is really easy to find, in the heart of Bascarsija, around 50 meters away from the Sebilj fountain.