Croatian music legend Oliver Dragojevic (70) has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in the music industry.
Born in Vela Luka on the island of Korcula, Dragojevic has enjoyed a career spanning four decades. He is considered one of the most iconic musical stars in Croatia and in the Croatian diaspora around the world.
Dragojevic is one of the few Croatian musicians who has performed at Carnegie Hall (New York), Royal Albert Hall (London), Olympia (Paris) and the Sydney Opera House.
Dragojević’s solo career really began in 1974 at the Split Festival, where he won with the song “Ča će mi Copacabana”.
A year later, composer Zdenko Runjić and Dragojević, released the song “Galeb i Ja” which became a huge hit and made him a household name.
He followed it up with a number of other huge hits over the years such as “Cesarica”, “Oprosti Mi, Pape”, “Skalinada”, “Zuto Lisce Ljubavi”, “Nadalina”, and”Piva klapa ispod volta”.
His iconic songs are still enjoyed decades later.
He will be presented the Lifetime Achievement award at the 2018 Porin Awards, Croatia’s music awards, in Split on 23 March.
“Out of all my Porin awards, this is definitely the most special. I will find a special place at home for the award. Thanks to all my colleagues for this recognition,” Dragojevic told 24sata.
Pianist Pavica Gvozdic and writer Jaksa Fiamengo will also receive Lifetime Achievement awards with Dragojevic.