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- Franklin Roosevelt

While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken.
- Woodrow Wilson

Momčilo Moma Nikolić

Momo was born in the ancient city of Novi Sad in Vojvodina, a multi-cultural province of the former Yugoslavia. The rich heritage of his upbringing instilled in him a love of Slavic and classical music. Momo studied music at the music school "Isidor Bajic" in Novi Sad. He is an extremely gifted musician, who plays many stringed instruments. Momo plays the Prim Tamburitza, and is known to be a master of this instrument. He was a member of the great Tamburitza orchestra of RTV-Novi Sad (1970-1990) as instrumental soloist. He is best known in performing with the legendary Janika Balaz Orchestra "8 Tamburitza of Petrovaradin."

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Momo recorded many audio and video tapes, LP records, CD's and also appeared in many TV shows and movies. Momo has performed as instrumental and vocal soloist throughout Europe, Canada, United States and Australia. He performed with the Janika Balaz Orchestra in Washington DC at the International Folk Festival in 1973, organized by the Smithsonian Institution, which inspires a new generation of Tamburitza musicians of this style in America. After immigrating to Canada, he continued his musical career playing concerts across North America. Through the American and Canadian Music Federation as an International Guest Artist, Momo performed at Epcot Center, Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Momo has dedicated his teaching and performing career to achieve his goal of preserving the Tamburitza and the old-town romantic music in their purest artistic forms. Mr. Momo Nikolic is internationally recognized as one of the finest Tamburitza players in the world.

From Reverend Paul Blathers Blog


Momčilo Moma Nikolić rođen je u Novom Sadu u porodici u kojoj se svirala tambura kroz četiri generacije. Srednja muzička škola “Isidor Bajić” širi muzičke vidike.

1970, godine postao je član Velikog tamburaškog orkestra RT Novi Sad, a potom se pridružio legendarnom tamburaškom orkestru “Osam tamburaša”.

Godine prolaze mirno. Orkestar “Osam tamburaša” snima muziku za filmove, učestvuje u TV Muzičkim emisijama i TV programima širom Evrope. Snimljeno je na hiljade minuta muzike iz raznih žanrova. Sviralo se i pevalo na koncertima u svim metropolama širom sveta.

Bard za bardom s tamburom i pesmom odlaze u večnu legendu. Nekrunisani kralj tambure g-din Janika Balaž pridružuje se bardovima i nebeskom carstvu, 1988, godine.

Moma Nikolić, te iste godine, na poziv iz Severne Amerike odlazi iz voljenog Novog Sada kao predavač tambure i ujedno nastavlja svoju muzičku karijeru predstavljajući na najvišem nivou pesmu i muziku sa područja Srbije i široke, pitome i ravne Vojvodine.

1996, godine kao internacionalni gost artist angažovan je da na godinu dana predstavlja muziku naših naroda u jednoj od najvećih svetskih muzičkih scena u svetu “Diznilendu” u Floridi, SAD-u. Gospodin MOma Nikolić ujedno promoviše interkulturalnost i multikulturalnost u dijaspori.

Godine 2007, u Kaliforniji, Los Anđelesu gospodinu Momčilu Momi Nikoliću, rođenom Novosađaninu i najmlađem članu orkestra “Osam tamburaša s’ Petrovaradina”, dodeljena je Američka nagrada “Hall of fame” – Kuća slavnih ; dodela muzičke nagrade za negovanje kulturne tradicije, očuvanje i prezentovanje tambure, muzike i pesme svih naroda i narodnosti sa područja Srbije u Dijaspori, kao i za negovanje kulturne tradicije sa područja Vojvodine.

Naglašavamo da je gospodin Momčilo Momo Nikolić jedini sa podneblja Vojvodine i bivše Jugoslavije kojem je ur učena tako prestižna nagrada. Gospodin Nikolić ujedno promoviše interkulturalnost i multikulturalnost kako u dijaspori tako i multinacionalnoj Vojvodini. Gospodin Nikolić je autor knjige “Beše nkad osam tamburaša”, čiji predgovor je napisao čuveni glumac Rade Šerbedžija. Knjiga je prevedena i izdata na engleskom jeziku (“Tamburaške legende”), kao i na nekoliko svetskih jezika, čija se izdanja očekuju u toku ove godine.

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Tomislav Z. Longinović

Professor of Slavic, Comparative Literature and Visual Culture
University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Born and raised in Belgrade, Longinovic holds degrees in creative writing, psychology and has his Ph.D in comparative literature.

His books include Borderline Culture (1993), Vampires Like Us (2005), the co-edited and co-translated volume, with Daniel Weissbort: Red Knight: Serbian Women Songs (1992), and the edited volume: David Albahari, Words are Something Else (1996). He is also the author of several works of fiction, both in Serbian (Sama Amerika, 1995) and English (Moment of Silence, 1990).

His most recent book, Vampire Nation: Violence as Cultural Imaginary, was published by Duke University Press in 2011. His research interests include South Slavic literatures and cultures; the Serbian language; literary theory; Central and East European literary history; comparative Slavic studies, translation studies, and cultural studies.

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Serbian American Contributions in Amador County, California, since the Gold Rush
Milina Jovanović offers a unique compilation of individual and family immigration stories that include enormous contributions to the development of California and significant community involvement. In this version of people’s history she chronicles how Serbian Americans have strengthened community, region, state, and country through the endeavors and struggles of 150 years. This book also focuses on women’s contributions that are too often overlooked. Ms. Jovanović’s study reveals that Jackson not only remains an original and symbolic home to Serbian Americans and Serbian Orthodox religion, but also an oasis where the Serbian community has preserved its positive reputation and social influence.

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