... with Dragan & Neki ...They are born in former Yugoslavia in northern state, wich in 1991 become indipendent country, Slovenia. Their relatives now live in different countrys all around the former Yugoslavia.
By the way ... Dragan's granma' escaped from Russia (bolshevyk revolution) before the first big war (genes?).
... the root cause ...... or the main reason, stick in 1991. At that time people from east started to devastate Europe (Perestroika, the Wall). Separately and with couriousity they went to Ucraine & Uzbekistan. After a year they met Moscow and they still friends after returning in Slovenia.
In '97 Dragan forced Neki to sung a song or two in russian, just like that ... soon they arranged (guitar, voice) 5 or 6 russian folk songs. The project started - they put it under name Odessa mama, wich is a song of Alexander Rozenbaum. After three or four testin appearance in public, they decided to work more seriously. In winter 1998 - 99 they've recorded seven songs (home studio) and started to use prerecorded drums & bass as playback for public appearances.
In '99 Dragan definitely quit playing with his rock group E-met. In spring Odessa mama started to play on a regular bases, started to earning something (at least). After a good season in autum Dragan met Keza (Dragan 2), the bass player... it soudned great ! In first month they made 20 russian and app. 40 folk balkan songs. Soon Keza introduced Marjan (called Churchill - Čerčil), a tamburica player, who is known as a "folk song ecyclopedia". He used to play with famous tamburica orchester in Vojvodina (part of Serbija).
Last season (first millennium summer) passed away playin' four days a week.
Popolarity has grown, but problems never sleep ... Marjan has a lot of
obligations at home, so he won't play anymore.