Svetlana Ražnatović (née Veličković; Serbian Cyrillic: Светлана Ражнатовић, née Величковић, pronounced [sʋětlana raʒnǎːtoʋit͡ɕ]; born 14 June 1973), higher recognized by her stage identify Ceca (Serbian Cyrillic: Цеца, pronounced [t͡sěːt͡sa]), is a Serbian pop-folk singer. Known as the “Serbian Mom”,[a] she is famend for her raspy vocals and emotional supply, and is acknowledged as one of the vital profitable Serbian singers of all time.[1][2]

Life and profession

Born in Prokuplje and raised within the village of Žitorađa, on the age of 15, Ceca rose to prominence as a recording artist for PGP-RTB together with her debut album Cvetak zanovetak (1988), receiving the track of the 12 months award for the title observe on the Ilidža Folks Music Pageant. She achieved additional business success and acclaim within the Nineties by collaborating with song-writing duo Marina Tucaković and Milan Radulović on her signature hits, resembling “Kukavica” (Coward), “Volela sam, volela” (Liked, I Have Liked), “Beograd” (Belgrade) and “Nevaljala” (Naughty). After releasing her best-selling album up to now, Decenija (2001), she held a sold-out live performance on the Belgrade’s Marakana stadium in 2002.[3] Nonetheless, she managed to surpass that success in 2006 by acting at Belgrade’s Ušće in entrance of greater than 100,000 followers.[4][5] Ceca has launched sixteen albums up to now.

Subsequent to singing, Ražnatović additionally starred as Koštana within the movie adaptation of Borisav Stanković’s novel Impure Blood, however was ultimately lower out from the image as a result of poor essential reception. She has served as a choose on the televised singing contests Pinkove Zvezde (2014–2016) and Zvezde Granda (2021–current).[6]

Ceca was married to profession legal and paramilitary commander within the Yugoslav Wars, Željko “Arkan” Ražnatović, with whom she has two kids. Their wedding ceremony, which was broadcast internationally, was portrayed because the “Serbian fairytale” by the native media.[7] Many additionally assume that Arkan’s affect considerably contributed to Ceca’s success.

Nonetheless, regardless of her recognition, Ceca has been generally known as the topic of controversies.[8] Following the assassination of Prime Minister Zoran Đinđić in March 2003, Ražnatović was arrested for unlawful firearm possession as part of the police Operation Sabre and subsequently spent 121 days in dedication.[9][8] In 2011, Ražnatović, who had pleaded responsible, was additionally charged for embezzlement from the transfers of soccer gamers as the pinnacle of her husband’s membership, FK Obilić, and was sentenced with €1,5 million superb and to a 12 months in home arrest.[10][11][12] Furthermore, as a result of her authorized points, Ražnatović is formally banned from coming into Croatia, being proclaimed persona non grata.[13] Ceca has additionally been concerned in politics by serving because the honorary president of the Get together of Serbian Unity earlier than Arkan was assassinated.


Studio albums
  • Cvetak zanovetak (1988)
  • Ludo srce (1989)
  • Pustite me da ga vidim (1990)
  • Babaroga (1991)
  • Šta je to u tvojim venama (1993)
  • Ja još spavam u tvojoj majici (1994)
  • Fatalna ljubav (1995)
  • Emotivna luda (1996)
  • Maskarada (1997)
  • Ceca 2000 (1999)
  • Decenija (2001)
  • Gore od ljubavi (2004)
  • Idealno loša (2006)
  • Ljubav živi (2011)
  • Poziv (2013)
  • Autogram (2016)


  • Šta je to u tvojim venama Tour (1993)
  • Ceca Tour ’94 (1994)
  • Fatalna ljubav Tour (1995)
  • Decenija Tour (2002)
  • Ceca Tour ’05 (2005)
  • Grom Tour (2006-10)
  • Ljubav živi World Tour (2012-13)
  • Poziv Tour (2013-16)
  • Autogram Tour (2016-20)
  • One of the best of Ceca Tour (2021)


  • Official web site (partial archive)
  • Ceca discography at Discogs
  • “Arkan & Me”, The Observer interview dated 4 January 2004

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