Photographs: Dinko Čvorić – Doringo
In 2013 Dunja Knebl formed the band Kololira for participating at the EBU World Music Festival in Bulgaria, and has continued to perform and record with this band to date. Roko Margeta, the youngest member, joined the band in 2018.
Just like Dunja, Roko Margeta has lived in many countries (Egypt, China, India, Indonesia), and is a very accomplished musician playing on a wide array of instruments. Although he is primarily a percussionist, he is equally good at playing the keyboards, Indian harmonium, ukulele, kalimba, sansula, swarmandal, tanpura, tapan, frame drum, egzotic flutes (from Indonesian to Irish flutes). He performs with different bands, and the most successful are: Lizards exist and Et’nas.
After performing as a duo at the Subotica (Serbia) ETNOFEST festival in 2018, Dunja Knebl and Roko Margeta decided to record an album by themselves.
Although the age difference between them is almost half a century, they both love traditional folk music, and interpretations that sound both ancient and contemporary.
Their album „Svilarica svilu prede“ (The Spinstress is Spinning Silk) was released in 2019, with 14 traditional folk songs from Croatia arranged in an non-traditional manner, with instruments coming from all over the world .The album landed in the Transglobal World Music Chart (January, 2020).
Available on Bandcamp :
Dunja: voice, sansula, guitar, Indian harmonium
Roko: Indian harmonium, ukulele, kalimba, sansula, swarmandal, tanpura, tapan, frame drum, exotic flutes (from Indonesian to Irish), small percussion
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Hrvoje Nikšić at Kramasonik studio from December 2018 till February 2019
Their second album “Songbook Songs” is scheduled to be released on November 5, 2021 by Geenger Records
It is part of the Songbook Songs project, where one of the elements is a short autobiography by Dunja in which the 14 songs are stops along the path of her interesting life in different countries. The songs are from Croatia, England, Indonesia, USA, Russia, Ukraine, Slovakia, and Belarus.
The album was recorded, mixed and produced by Dinko Čvorić – Doringo in June-July, 2021.
Album artwork: Biljana Knebl
The first single released on September 10, 2021 : Slavuj, tico mala
The second single is released: Ked som ishol
More about the album in: English, Dunja Knebl by Dunja Knebl