Vajta (actually Seid Memić , born March 8, 1950 in Travnik , Yugoslavia , today Bosnia and Herzegovina ) is a musician of Yugoslav origin living in Germany who took part in the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest for Yugoslavia .
He first worked as a tailor in the Borac factory in Travnik, and after work he sang in a band called "Veseli akordi" ("Happy Chords"), which performed on a small scale and songs by The Troggs , The Monkees and The Spencer Davis, among others Group reenacted. He emigrated to Austria , where two of his uncles already lived, and trained as a foundryman at the fittings manufacturer Schmiedl in Hall in Tirol . After returning to Travnik, he and a friend made costume jewelry .
In 1975 he went to Sarajevo and became, as the successor to Fadil Toskić († 2006), singer of the band Teška industrija ("Heavy Industry "), founded in 1974 . Although he only remained a member of this band until 1976, it had its greatest successes with him and with his successor Goran Kovačević, who was the band's singer from 1976 to 1978.
Vajta started a solo career and was a Yugoslav participant in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981 ; with the song Leila composed by Ranko Boban he only reached 15th place. In addition to the Serbo-Croatian original version, a record with English text was also produced. Vajta also took part in the Yugoslav preliminary rounds of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1982, 1983 and 1987 , but without winning again.
In the 1980s, Vajta appeared as an actor on children's television shows. He has lived in Hamburg since 1994 . In recent years he has performed in the successor states of Yugoslavia and in Denmark . At the International Festival on Korčula he won the first audience award in 2001 with the song Vratit ću se plavom nebu juga mog and the first prize of the jury in 2002 with Ako me zaborave . According to his own statements, he has recorded a total of around 150 songs and sold four million records. In 2007 he took part in revival appearances and a CD recording of Teška industrija .
The nickname or stage name Vajta goes back to the character of “Captain Quincy Wyatt”, which Gary Cooper in the film Distant Drums (1951, German distribution title: Die Teufelsbrigade , Yugoslav distribution title: Doživljaji kapetana Vajta, literally translated: “The experiences of the Captain Wyatt ”) played.
- Leksikon jugoslavenske muzike , Zagreb 1984 (under Memić, Seid Vajta ).
- Vajta homepage (multilingual, with pictures and a German-language résumé )
- Vajta at Discogs (English)
- Vajta in the Internet Movie Database (English)
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Memić, Seid (real name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Yugoslav musician|
|DATE OF BIRTH||March 8, 1950|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Travnik , Yugoslavia|