This morning, Sanja Ilić & Balkanika descended upon the Eurovision stage in Lisbon to perform Serbia's 2018 entry for the very first time.
Sanja Ilić & Balkanika mix powerful vocals with charged electronic sounds and old Balkan instruments into modern pop-rock for their 2018 entry. This unique sound has brought them around the world, from Russia to the United States, and as far away as South Korea. Their song Nova Deca translates to 'New Children’, leaving us excited to know more about how the performance will showcase the song's meaning.
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Nova Deca was written by Danica Krstajić, and composed by Aleksandar Sanja Ilić and Tatjana Karajanov Ilić.
Serbia's female singers Nevana, Danica and Iva are wearing light-colour dresses with thematic rope elements that extend into their hair. They are accompanied by singer Mladen, who is dressed in a draping black outfit. Also on stage we find a flutist, and on the right a drummer who has his drums accessorized with similar rope-themed decorations.
We asked the guys about the recurring ropes when we met them backstage, and it appears they represent something important: "The ropes on our clothes symbolize the connections between the old and new generation, between old and new tradition".
Sanja Ilić & Balkanika will perform third in the second Semi-Final of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest on the 10th of May.