Halid Bešlić

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Halid Bešlić : biography

20 November 1953 –

Halid Bešlić ( born 20 November 1953) is a prominent Bosnian folk and sevdah musician and singer who has been performing since 1979. Halid’s singing career was one of the most successful in ex-Yugoslavia, and continues today throughout the entire Balkan region.


Bešlić was born in the Knežina village of the Bosnian town Sokolac while Bosnia was a part of Yugoslavia. Bešlić married his wife Sejda in November 1977. 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).

In the 1990s, during the breakup of Yugoslavia, Bosnia went into war and Bešlić staged more than 500 humanitarian concerts across Europe for the victims in his home country.

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 (2013).

Bešlić has earned many awards and much financial success from his singing. Among his business interests is a gas station and hotel in the outskirts of Sarajevo.

On 10 March 2009, Bešlić left his gas station at around 4 in the morning, and ran his Škoda Superb off the road, due to icy conditions, and crashed. Bešlić who was not wearing his seat belt had suffered serious injuries to his face and right eye, initially being in a coma. All of Bosnia and Herzegovina showed concern after Halid’s accident, as they awaited any news regarding his condition. He would eventually make a full recovery. Attempts to save his eye were undertaken at hospitals in Bosnia, Turkey and Belgium however they were all ultimately unsuccessful. After his recovery, Halid slowly made his way back onto the music scene. Notably, he held a major concert in Zagreb at the end of October 2009.

He had earlier survived a car accident in 1986 with the singer Suzana Mančić.

During his off-time he relaxes on a horse ranch near Čevljanovići in Ilijaš, close to the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, where he has shown an interest in buying and raising race horses.


  • Grešnica / Ne budi mi nadu (1979)
  • Sijedi starac / Zašto je moralo tako da bude (1980)
  • Mirela / Pet godina volio sam tebe (1981)
  • Pjesma samo o njoj / Domovino, u srcu te nosimo (1982)
Studio albums
  • Sijedi starac (1981)
  • Pjesma samo o njoj (1982)
  • Dijamanti… (1984)
  • Zbogom noći, zbogom zore (1985)
  • Otrov (1986)
  • Zajedno smo jači (1986)
  • Eh, kad bi ti rekla mi, volim te (1987)
  • Mostovi tuge (1988)
  • Opet sam se zaljubio (1990)
  • Ljiljani (1991)
  • Grade moj (1993)
  • Ne zovi me, ne traži me (1996)
  • Robinja (1999)
  • U ime ljubavi (2000)
  • Prvi poljubac (2003)
  • Halid 08 (2007)
  • Romanija (2013)
As featured artist
  • Ne zna juče da je sad (Yesterday Does Not Know That It’s Today, 2011) with Viki Miljković
  • Hala "Pionir" Beograd (uživo) (1988)
  • Koncert Skenderija (2001)
  • Halid Bešlić i gosti: Zetra Live (2004)
  • Halid Bešlić i Crvena Jabuka: Melbourne, Australia (2012)