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BIOGRAFIJA



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Name: Emilija Kokić
Birth date: May 10th, 1968
Time of birth: 7:30 AM
Place of birth: Zadar
Horoscope: Taurus

Marital status: still single, but working on it


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Nickname: Emi, Emily
Hair: Black
Eyes: Brownish green
Height: 167 cm
Weight: about 50 kg


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Family:
Mother: Maria
Father: Vice
Brother: Nenad (daughters Eni and Paula, son Luka)


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Hobbies:
Roller-skating, experimenting (with food preparation) in the kitchen, gathering asparagus around the woods, ...

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What I like:
Some people, fruits and vegetables, nature, water, sun, gentle souls, animals, summer, and a guy here and there in traces ...

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What I don't like:
Some people, lies, injustice, wickedness and pimples in any shape and form,  arrogance, lard, ...

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Dear visitors,

... I am happy you decided to visit my web site. I will be glad to share with you some of my information concerning my career, my very beginnings, accomplishments, as well as some failures ...

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    In the past century, in 1988 to be exact, as a young talent, I was sent to a musical competition called ''My first applause'' that was a part of the ''Demo X'' TV show. Here I was representing the musical talents from Zadar. I won this competition the first time, then the second time, and again the third time ... The word got out that some girl keeps winning on this show. Our famous composer Rajko Dujmić, among others, somehow heard about this so one day we got together. My knees were shaking a bit from the excitement, but he didn't notice. I told him that I have my own band and he decided he would come and see and hear us perform one day. So he did and at that point offered us to do one of his songs. It was the song called ''Rock me''.  I thought to myself ''o my, what is this!!'', but Rajko always knows what he's doing ... I also met Stevica Cvikić who wrote countless hits that I was growing up with, falling in love, crying ... I kept thinking how this is happening to me by some mistake, to meet such successful people, people that I only saw on TV until that day!! Wwwooowww! Ever since that day, music is my life and my life is music ...

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    We eventually recorded the song ''Rock me'' and I put 348% of myself into it out of the respect and the opportunity I was given. And guess what? We won at the national contest in Novi Sad where I met Dr. Nikica Kalođera, Edita Cebalo, Višnja Trusić and Snježana Vego who along with Rajko and Stevica make a winning team ... I can't thank you all enough ...

           
''RIVA'' members were:

Zvonimir Zrilić guitar; Boško Colić drums; Nenad Nakić bas; Dalibor Musap keyboards and myself....


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   On my very first performance night with ''RIVA'', the sound system broke down and we couldn't even say ''Good evening ... we are ... khgrkh ... ''A few years later my band confessed they thought I was bad luck and were tempted to kick me out of the band.


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   Who knows what would have been if it had been ... but we stayed together and took off:

   1988. ''RIVA'' has a debut at Zagreb fest

   1989. '' RIVA '' wins at EUROSONG in    Lausanne, Switzerland

   1989.  '' RIVA '' represents Eurosong in America, at DISTANT ACCORDS AWARD, Nashville, Tennessee; wins 4th place  


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    1989. '' RIVA '' launched its first record called ''Rock me''; need I mention that we were popular ... ?


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  1989.  '' RIVA '' launched an album in English for ''Koch records''


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   1990. '' RIVA '' recorded two songs in English signed by PER GESSLE, a guitar player and song author of the famous group ROXETTE.

   During this time we were guests and we performed at most attractive Top shows in many European TV centers as Eurovision winners. We were promoting our album in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Belgium and other countries that published our ''RIVA'' album. Even in a distant Japan we were at the top of their charts for a very long time. We had an arrangement with one Swiss agency to represent ''RIVA'' throughout the world.


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   1991. beginning of the homeland war, halting and tearing down everything in its way ... it was my worst nightmare ...


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... all our concerts that we were giving were humanitarian, for needy children, hospitals, wounded, orphans whose parents died in the war ... ''RIVA'' made big contributions. Our agents in Switzerland did not understand the situation we found ourselves in so we decided to go our separate ways. At this time ''RIVA'' as a group decided to pause for a while ... But this pause was way too long. Each one of us started building our separate lives.  I, for one, went on with chasing my dream and that is music.


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   1994. I launched a maxi single ''CALL ME'' and it turned out to be a big hit; the song ''WHAT YOU MEAN TO ME'' became my heart-brake hymn.


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   1995. Another maxi single ''100% EMILIA'' got launched; songs ''GOD, I MADE A BIG MISTAKE'', ''I WAS WITH HIM'', ''I KNOW 100%'' made the top of the charts ...


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   1996. A new album, ''LEAVE A TRACE'' with various versions of my hit songs ''I'M A TRAIN'' duet with Nina, ''YOU'RE THE BEST THING'', ''YOU'RE LEAVING YOUR LOVE WITH ME''.

   1999. Another album ''FROM MY SIDE OF SPACE'', with hits ''I'M HERE FOR YOU'', ''WHEN THE LOVE GETS LOST'', ''WHERE SHOULD I GO'', ''THE SKY'' ...

 

   All of these albums came out with the blessing of CROATIA RECORDS.


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   Contributors: Miro Buljan, Zoran Mišolongin, Stevica Cvikić, Fayo, Tihomir Preradović, Haris Brković, Ivana and Marija Husar. Thank you, I know I gave you a hard time but you bravely put up with me ...


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   2001. A new album ''I AM HERE'' came out with ''ORFEJ''.  This album, among other songs, includes: ''BEAUTY'' duet with Adalbert Turner, ''IN A BLINK OF AN EYE'' from the ''Radio festival 2001'' and ''IF I SEE YOU AGAIN'' in 2000, ''IT'S NOT THE TIME'' duet with the ex RIVA member Zvonimir Zrilić from Zadarfest 2001, ''FORGET ABOUT ME'' performed at Split festival 1999.


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   Contributors: Miro Buljan, Zoran Mišolongin, Željko Miloš, Zoran Škugor, XL, Marin Bukmir. Thank you, thank you, thank you!


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   2002. In 2002, I started working with Marko Tomasović. The song called ''ICEBERG'' hit the top of the charts in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia. We were especially sensitive about this song since it was the first song that we worked on together. As for most of my music videos, Katja Restović was the author of an interesting video spot for this song as well. I love you Kate! I also thank Miloš Milošević who beautifully swam into my video. Mićo, thank you!

   2002.    ''LOVE ME IF YOU DARE'' performed at Split festival

   2002. ''I AM ON THE ROAD TO SOMEWHERE'' performed at Zadarfest.


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   2002. ''ARE WE DESTINED TO ONE ANOTHER'' duet with Boris Režak, first place at Banja Luka festival.

   2002. ''ICEBERG'' performed at Sunčane skale.

   2002. ''COUNTLESS DAWNS'' performed at Makfest, second place.

   2003.
''WOMAN OF CINDER''


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   All the songs I recorded in 2002 were composed by Marko Tomasović, arranged by Duško Mandić and lyrics written by me. Some truth from my personal life may be found in these lyrics but most of it came from my imagination. Which is which? Well, that is for me to know ...


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