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ROSA Vocal Group

Interweaving cultures, blending sounds and rethinking gender (roles)

ROSA vocal group gathers women from 4 different continents with a mission to nurture and rekindle traditional Serbian singing, one of the most heterogeneous musical traditions in the Balkans which dates decades, often centuries back, and has been surviving in rural areas of Serbia and the surrounding countries.

Encompassing intercultural dialogue, female camaraderie, and cultural preservation in the 21st century, vocal group ROSA is a sonic endeavour of how you can nurture something local within a global community, bringing rural sounds into an urban environment and reviving ancient songs within a contemporary musical framework. 

Formed in 2014 in New York City, ROSA has performed at numerous and critically acclaimed venues - The Kennedy Center, MoMA, Carnegie Hall, Boston University Theater, The Collective School of Music, Mendocino Festival, Golden Festival, as well as at fund-raising events for Balkan communities in need.

In 2018 ROSA performed at a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall titled Sounds of Serbia and Peace First Summit hosted by the philanthropist and Barack Obama’s sister Maya Soetoro-Ng. In 2020 ROSA was featured on a Grammy-nominated album ONA by Thana Alexa, and 2 weeks later on Slavo Rican Assembly’s Intercosmic album released on Riverboat Records. 

ROSA is currently preparing its debut album which will feature guest appearances of artists from all over the globe, including Snarky Puppy’s band leader and multi-instrumentalist Michael League.

New York Folklore Society (NYFS), East European Folklife Center (EEFC), Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC), LeitMotiv Arts and Cambridge Global Arts have endorsed ROSA.

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San Francisco Voice


"Old fans and neophytes alike were thrilled by the power and clarity of the vocalization"

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The Serbian Times

"Old Serbian songs are well kept in New York, our "ROSA" got to Carnegie Hall!"

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Serbian National TV and Radio


"The attraction of the evening was Rosa vocal group"

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World Music Srbija


"The audience clearly enjoyed the folk songs"

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Group Members

Marija

MARIJA STOJNIĆ

Co-founder/Serbia

Marija is a filmmaker whose work intersects with performance and other art forms. ROSA embodies her dedicated research and work in preserving ancestral musical traditions and folklore art from Serbia. Today she resides and makes films in Belgrade, Serbia.

Aleksandra

ALEKSANDRA DENDA

Co-founder / Serbia

As much at home in Jazz and Neo Soul, as in traditional Balkan singing among other World Music genres, Aleksandra is a multifaceted vocalist, songwriter and a music educator. Years of singing music from different corners of the world eventually led her to delving deeper into her own heritage while building strong bonds with women from all over the globe.

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SHILPA ANANTH

India

Indian Singer-Songwriter, Shilpa Ananth, has a distinctive sound that blends South Indian folk melodies with Jazz, Soul, and RnB, while combining four languages - Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi, and English, fusing genres from the East and West.
"Singing Serbian Traditional music with a group of multi-cultural, warrior women, has opened my ears and heart to a new, beautiful world, language, and style of music. My heart is full of love after every rehearsal and show with ROSA. "

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ASTRID KULJANIĆ

Croatia

Renowned for her complex musical sensibility and supple sound, Croatian vocalist Astrid Kuljanić has immersed herself in an eclectic variety of musical traditions from around the world.

"I decided to join ROSA because when I first heard them, I was enchanted by the eerie sound of the ensemble, so as a singer from Balkans this was the unique opportunity to learn these vocal styles in New York City."

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RAQUEL RIVERA

Puerto Rico

Set apart by her bright, smooth tone and her innovative delivery, Raquel Rivera is a contemporary jazz and world music vocalist from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. In her music, she draws inspiration from her roots in Caribbean and Latin American music, as well as her love of traditional jazz. 

"I love exploring such a unique art form and sharing in its richness with exceptional vocalists from around the world."

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JOANNA SCHUBERT

USA

Joanna Schubert is a Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter, pianist, music educator and curator, and a proud cat mama. She writes and performs her unique brand of synth-based lyrical indie-folk-pop under the name Oropendola. 

"Singing and learning about traditional Serbian music and culture with a fierce group of women from all over the world is a joyful and humbling experience. Hands clasped, tuning into one another, our voices shape into a kind of force that holds and connects us, to the history of the human experience, to the earth, to the soul of it all."

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CAROLINA MAMA

Argentina

Carolina Mama is an upcoming Argentinean Singer-Songwriter that blends an intimate singing style with masterful storytelling, integrating the heart of different cultures and a sense of imagination that takes the audience on a colorful journey.
"ROSA is a way of escaping to another world, as songs are more than words and music. With all the power that we create singing together, I believe the music carries you to another place where, no matter how much pain you felt, you will never feel alone."

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