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VIDEO: Returnee family band from Australia winning over Croatian music scene

Returnee family band from Australia winning over Croatian music scene

Mijat Gavran and daughters Jasmina and Tamara (Photo: Gavrani)

In February of last year, not long after they moved from Melbourne in Australia to the Croatian capital Zagreb, the family band Gavrani signed a contract with Croatia Records and have just released a single under the label “Nema te”.

After founding their band in Australia in 2017, the music trio, which includes father Mijat Gavran and his two daughters, Jasmina and Tamara, have performed at various clubs in the Croatian community in Australia. 

The group garnered the affection of the Croatian community in a short period of time and were the opening band for many Croatian stars touring Australia such as Opća Opasnosti, Lana Jurčević, Jelena Rozga and Zaprešic Boys.

In 2020, the family decided to move back to Croatia where they arrived taking one of the last flights into Zagreb before the pandemic was declared. 

From the get-go, the group has held concerts that have gained the attention of Croatian listeners, resulting in the signing of a recording contract with Croatia Records. “Nema te” is not Gavrani’s first music video with their song “Zima” released last year. 

Due to the measures restricting public gatherings, Gavrani’s plans to hold any concerts have been placed on hold.

Despite these hurdles, Gavrani have used this opportunity to compose and record new songs, including the newly released “Nema te” which has been premiered even on the Croatian Music Channel (CMC). The well-choreographed music video was shot in Opatija.

“Because the song has a summer theme it was logical to shoot the music video somewhere on the coast. We decided on Opatija because it is the gem of the Adriatic and the views in Opatija go hand in hand with the story of our song,” singer Jasmina, who although was born and raised in Australia, speaks impeccable Croatian, told HRT.

Returnee family band from Australia winning over Croatian music scene

(Photo: Gavrani)

Her sister Tamara, a guitarist, author, and arranger of “Nema te”, could not hide her excitement for the positive feedback they have been receiving.

“It makes me happy to hear that people after listening to the song for the first time like it because from when we were little, my sister and I have dreamt of a music career in Croatia. That dream is now starting to come true, and it is hard for me to describe what I am feeling with words,” said Tamara, a graduate of the prestigious Melbourne JMC Music Academy.

Returnee family band from Australia winning over Croatian music scene

(Photo: Gavrani)

While their new song, with all the features of a summer hit, slowly takes over radio and television airwaves, Gavrani are beginning a series of concerts to showcase their repertoire. If you notice that they will be playing in your city, do not miss out on the opportunity to go to their concert and find out what is taking the Croatian music scene by storm.

You can check out the video for “Nema te” below. 

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