Kico Slabinac

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Krunoslav “Kićo” Slabinac (born 28 March 1944 in Osijek) is a Croatian pop singer. His specialties are the songs nowadays inspired by folk music of Slavonia region of Croatia, and the uses of traditional instruments such as the tamburica.
In the 1960s Slabinac was a member of several rock’n’roll bands. He then opted for a solo career as a pop singer and moved to Zagreb. While performing in a club, he was noticed by Nikica Kalogjera, who gave him a chance to appear as a newcomer at the 1969 Split Festival. A year later, in 1970, Slabinac won the first prize at the Opatija Festival. He represented Yugoslavia at the Eurovision Song Contest 1971 with “Tvoj dječak je tužan”, placing 14th.Slabinac’s song “Zbog jedne divne žene” was a huge hit which solidified his status as a singer. However, in the 1970s, legal troubles and time spent abroad set back his career. After his return from the United States, Slabinac focused on folk music, although he remained active in the pop music scene.His song “Letaj mi” became an evergreen in Macedonia, particularly because it was sung in Macedonian on the festival “MakFest” in 1989.

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