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Hari Mata Hari

Group members:Hajrudin Varešanović
Izudin Kolečić
Karlo Martinović
Nihad Voloder
National Finals:Jugovizija 1986, Vaš šlager sezone 1999
ESC Entries:Lejla (2006)


Hari Varešanović grew up in Vratnik, Sarajevo’s old town. He recorded his first song “Zašto da ne uzmem nju”. In 1979, Hari joined the group Zov. Furthermore, Varešanović sang with the group “Ambasadori”, with whom he became a professional singer. After serving his military service he recorded a solo album called “Zlatne kocije”. That was in 1984.  In September 1985, Hari Varešanović, won a song contest and founded the music group “Hari Mata Hari”. That same year, they released their first album. In 1986, Pierre Zalica – “Badzo” and Zoran Kesic left the group. They were replaced by pianist Adi Mulihalilović and bass guitarist Neno Jeleč, who would eventually be replaced by Željko Zuber. Their 1986 album, “Ne bi te odbranila ni cijela Jugoslavija”, won the award for best album of the year. They took part in Jugovizija, the national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, in 1986. They became 5th with “U tvojoj kosi” and in 1987 they gained the 14th place With the song “Nebeska kraljica.

In 1988, Hari started filming for the production company Jugoton in Zagreb. The album “Ja te volim najviše na svijetu” has sold over 300,000 copies. The next album “Volio bih da te ne volim” sold over 500,000 copies.

The break-up of Yugoslavia and the wars that followed left a mark on the group’s career. In 1991, Edo Mulahalilović left the group to start his own career. At the end of 1991, the group released another album. After that album, most of the activities stopped, due to the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In late 1994, the group released their next album, while they were refugees in Germany. This album was made by Harry and Izo only. It was only in 1997 or 1998 when the group reunited. The group consisted of (except Harry and Izo) Karlo Martinović, Miki Bodlović, Adi Mulihalilović and Emir Mehić. They returned to the music scene with an album of greatest hits, released in 1998.

In 1999, Hari Varešanović was selected to represent Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Eurovision Song Contest. However, he was disqualified due to problems with the song’s status. Hari sold the song “Starac i more” to Finland in 1997. Finnish singer Janne Hurme recorded the song in Finnish, called “Sydänveri”. Together with Hank Paldum, Hari recorded the duet “Crni snijeg” in 2001. In the same year, the album “Baš ti lijepo stoje suze” was released with a couple of hit songs. In 2002, the song “Ruzmarin” became an instant hit. Hari Mata Hari was one of the 6 finalists at the Croatian Radio Festival. Also, in 2002, Hari Mata Hari won the Davorin Award for Song of the Year with “Kao domine”. In 2003, Hari Mata Hari took part in the Croatian Radio Festival twice again. At the Festival of Split, the group competed with the song “Zakon jačega”. Later that year, the band released their next album, entitled “Zakon jacega”. In 2006, Hari Mata Hari was asked again to represent Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Eurovision Song Contest.

In 2007, the group released the single “Zar je to još od nas ostalo”. In 2009, the band released the album “Sreća”. Nihat Voloder left the group and was replaced by Željko Zuber.


Country:Bosnia and Herzegovina
Artist:Hari Mata Hari
Lyrics:Fahrudin Pecikoza, Dejan Ivanović
Composer(s):Željko Joksimović
Backing Vocals:Ivana Čabraja
Ksenija Milošević
Results Semi
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