Izeta Selimović (born 27 March 1939), known by her stage name Beba Selimović, is a Bosnian sevdalinka singer and was one of the leading female singers of the 1960s and 1970s in Yugoslavia, along with Zehra Deović, Nada Mamula and Silvana Armenulić.
1939-53: Early life and family:
Izeta Selimović was born in March 1939 in Trebinje, located in the Herzegovina region of modern-day Bosnia and Herzegovina, while it was a part of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. The Selimović family originally hails from Bileća. Being the youngest of five children in a Bosniak family, Selimović was called beba (baby) by her older siblings and took that as her stage name when she became a professional singer.
At the age of four, Selimović moved to Sarajevo with her family in 1943, during World War II.
1954-89: Radio Sarajevo and career:
Selimović completed school in Sarajevo and, at the age of 15, was one of six people chosen out of 300 candidates to sing for Radio Sarajevo.
Selimović began her professional career in 1954 at the age of 15 as a soloist for Radio Sarajevo and released her first single, Po mojoj bašti zumbuli cvjetaju (English: In My Garden Hyacinths Bloom), in 1958 at age 19. Her final album was released in 1988. Although her recorded songs have appeared on many compilation albums since the late 1980s, she has not recorded any new music since then.
During her long career, she sang exclusively in the sevdalinka genre and has recorded songs with multiple Bosnian sevdalinka singers such as Zaim Imamović, Zehra Deović, Nada Mamula, Safet Isović and Meho Puzić. She was good friends with Isović and Puzić until their deaths in 2007.
1990-2014: Widowhood, second marriage, and later life:
Selimović married young and became a mother at the age of 20 and was later widowed. She and her husband had two sons together, Samir and Senad. Selimović later remarried to Dževad Šabanagić and currently lives in Sarajevo with him. She rarely grants interviews.
Selimović survived the Siege of Sarajevo during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She was one of the speakers at the funeral for Safet Isović on 3 September 2007.