Serbian singer Predrag Zivkovic Tozovac died in Belgrade at the age of 85 after he was hospitalized with a coronavirus infection. We partnered with Yugopapir to bring you an interview in 1991.
June 1991: Charismatic, gentleman, performer, pop musician, still can play, sing and compose just as well. All this involves only one person-Predrag Zivkovic Tozovac. Over the years, he has not lost his naughty spirit, keen character, and is always ready to re-acquaintance with more gender-equal members. In his company, this woman became the center of attention because Tozovac belonged to an old school of knights, so he flattered her and praised her. Don’t get me wrong, Tozovac is not the arrested person we are talking about, just like the perch that lives on live fish. Regarding that woman, he said:
-This is the most beautiful thing created by nature. After all, who doesn’t like the beauty of women? Of course, when I say this, I not only mean her youth and physical attractiveness, but I also think of a woman-a friend. She can only please everyone!
In Tozovac’s songs, the beautiful Vlajna, Mirjana, Sanja and who knows how many more women are sung. In these scriptures, as in his life, they are full of joy, happiness, love and pain.
-I divorced a long time ago. At that time, I felt very depressed and desperate. In my opinion, the sky is falling, the universe is collapsing, and the end of the world is coming. I comforted myself with a tambourine, a song and a glass of wine in a tavern in Subotica. When I was young, I fell in love and I was disappointed. But I also learned something from the local mathematics professor. I was sighed about it. He didn’t know that he had lost his wife and two children recently. I realize that one person may lose more.
Tozovac described himself as vanity and superstitious, but within the limits of normalcy. The belief and hope for the success of the thirteenth record confirms this, which has recently been released.
-No one can stop what I do. I respect myself because I know my values. If someone tries to challenge my job, I will object, but will raise an objection.
Although he does not believe in astrological predictions, he knows that Aquarius is in the constellation. He claimed that in his case, the basic characteristics of the Chinese zodiac proved to be correct. Because Tozovac himself admits that he is an older child, he is eager to build a sincere friendship. He will ignite quickly in his life, but will soon calm down.
Over the years, people have established different kinds of friendships. He is friends with the pigeons in the yard. However, for legitimate reasons, he can no longer own a pigeon loft. He did not give up the flyers, but put them in the courtyard of his colleague Žarko Josipović Škula. He said that he also loves his pets.
For a long time, Tozovac has proven to be a composer, and he usually sings and records these songs himself. Two years ago, he made a composition for a young colleague, but he seemed disappointed.
-This song is very beautiful, but Slavko Banjac is not forced at all. He didn’t even remember to bring me a record as a gift. Today’s young singers are like that, they don’t know how to appreciate the food provided by superstars.
Recently, few people have been able to talk about their plans on stage. The political situation changes hourly, with great dissatisfaction and poverty. The singer still has to think about his job. Tozovac has not gathered his fans in one place for a long time and reminded them of old records. He has participated in friendly dinners, fancier gatherings and as a guest of restaurant dinners. Although he has his own wishes, he has not considered a solo concert.
-For such things, singers need a lot of money. How to organize a concert and charge 400-500 dinars for tickets? Ordinary people don’t have to pay so much money. On the other hand, I will have to rent halls, advertisements, various taxes and overheads. I remember a few years ago, I am very grateful to Neda Ukraden for hosting a concert in the Sava Center. The hall has been sold out, but even so, when she solved everything I could not count, she had no soup.
Due to the new situation in the country, Tozovac believes that his value has depreciated because he can no longer call himself a Yugoslav singer, but a local singer. He recalled four concerts held at the Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb. The last one was four years ago and was rated as very successful.