Marija Bjelanović

Marija Bjelanović

Marija Bjelanović (Belgrade, 28.janyary 1988). She was in to music from her childhood. She finished primary and secondary music school, piano department in Zemun, and followed with the elementary music  school, department of solo singing and traditional singing.

She studied ethnomusicology at the Faculty of Music, but eventually graduated from something completely different - Business and Industrial Management. The desire and interest to go in  this direction was developed primarily because of her early employment in the company Wiener Städtische insurance a.d.o. Belgrade, where she was employed when she was only 19. years old.

In the year 2008 she started her cooperation with Sanja Ilic and Balkanika, thanks to which she traveled  all over the world, and made friends for life with members of the band.

Besides the ethnic sound, she has sang also pop, rock, funk and soul songs. She has performed in Belgrade clubs with local bands. During this period, the greatest influence on her had Etta James, Nina Simone and Aretha Franklin.

She loves animals, sports and is an avid movie buff.