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Slovenian band brings pop-folk music to Duluth

Navihanke, an all-female Slovenian band, will perform in Duluth on Tuesday, April 29 at Lincoln Park Middle School. The group will also perform for the students earlier in the day. (Photo submitted)1 / 2
Leslie and Frank B. Bucar of the Singing Slovenes musical group based in Duluth. The Singing Slovenes will perform before Navihanke on Tuesday. (Photo submitted)2 / 2

For Frank Bucar, Slovenian music is the genre to beat.

“The music is just so catchy and very melodic,” Bucar said.

Luckily Bucar will be able to catch his dose of live Slovenian pop-folk music this week when an all-female band from Slovenia, “Navihanke,” makes a stop in Duluth on their national tour.

“I’m so excited!” Bucar said. “I did see them in October in Slovenia. I couldn’t believe it. I saw them live and I’ll tell you the young people just love it.”

Bucar is part of a Duluth based Slovenian musical group called the “Singing Slovenes.” The group started in 1980 and travels around sharing the traditional folk music and culture of Slovenia. So when Bucar heard that Navihanke was looking for cities to host the ladies on their first tour across the United States, he leaped at the chance.

Slovenia is located in southern central Europe and bordered by the Alps and the Adriatic Sea.

“There are a lot of pop groups like this over in Slovenia. Usually, these bands go to places like New England, Pittsburgh, Chicago. But Navihanke is making a swing through the other states, so I thought, let’s see what we can do,” Bucar said.

“Navihanke” translated means “sassy gals” or “mischievous gals.” The band is made up of Sonja Hercog on saxophone, Tamara Gobec on guitar and vocals, lead singer and flutist Masa Uranjek, Tanja Cretnik on button box, and Jasmina Smarcan on bass guitar and vocals.

The Singing Slovenes will open for Navihanke on Tuesday, April 29 at the Lincoln Park Middle School auditorium, 3215 West 3rd St. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Both groups will also perform a matinee show for the students of Lincoln Park Middle School to give them a taste of the pop-folk music.

“It’s a large world. The more we can showcase other parts of the world, the better. It’s an eye-opening experience,” Bucar said.

Teri Cadeau

Teri Cadeau is a reporter for the Budgeteer.

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