Reinventing Ceca

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The widow of Serbia's most notorious warlord, Arkan, and a folk music star in her own right, Ceca Raznatovic

Monday, Jun. 24, 2002
In smoky Belgrade rock clubs, 2002 is already looking like a summer of dub. Reggae music is playing everywhere as kids sip beers and share joints in the dim light. The booming reggae bass and slow tempo of dub is strictly opusteno (or cool) Belgrade. There's another Belgrade as well. It's the Belgrade of Svetlana Velickovic Raznatovic — better known all over the Balkans as the turbofolk diva Ceca.

Ceca's three-hour concert at the Red Star Belgrade soccer stadium last week drew close to 80,000 fans. Her face is ubiquitous — on...