Nina Kraljić, who represented Croatia at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, recently released the video for the song 'Rijeka'. With this song, she came second on Dora, this year's Croatian national team.
Dora 2021 was a great disappointment for Nina Kraljić. The bookmakers had the 29-year-old artist as the big favorite to win a second time, but that did not happen as she finished second. After the competition, Nina Kraljić couldn't hide her disappointment. He accused the organizers of preventing him from winning. He complained that the order of this year's Dora entries was not determined by a draw, as he considered a disadvantage that his song Rijeka was the opening act. Also, Nina mentioned that many people wrote to her that they couldn't vote for her song. He also explained that during rehearsals he heard the winning song. TIC Tac in it in the ears, implying that the winner of Dora was determined in advance. The public reacted quite negatively to Nina's accusations that impacted the artist, so she decided to delete some of her social profiles.
Now, around six months later, Nina Kraljić has released the video for the song. Rijeka which translates to river. Rijeka marks something of a new beginning in Kraljić's career, as he has lately focused on ethnic music inspired by Slavic mythology.
Would Croatia have fared better if they had sent Nina to the Eurovision Song Contest 2021? Would Nina have achieved a better result this year than Albina, who finished 11th in the first semi-final? We will never know.
In the video below you can see the new video. Rijeka. Below the video, Nina explains the new video.
Nina Kraljić explains Rijeka and the symbolic video
The song Rijeka it is symbolic and meaningful to me not only because I started to build a clear and focused stylistic musical expression within the ethno, our customs and elements of the Old Slavic with the inevitable connection with nature, but also because the meaning of the river is to release, to clean the old and immerse ourselves in the new and the courage to move unhindered towards who we really are, can and want. The search and transformation into something new and stronger is the theme of this song and the video itself. The bird is a powerful protector and guide to seek, discover and indulge the individual path of an authentic individual if the individual dares to embark on that challenging inner journey.
The bird is the archetype of the old melodies and customs, the guardian of all the valuable that has been there from the beginning and the connection with the otherworldly and the earthly. It tests the protagonist if she is really ready and if it is worth venturing and if she will find the right path or will deviate from it because the path is not easy. All of us, if we really want to progress at some point, must boldly walk down untrodden paths just believing that what keeps us moving is enough to give in to every challenge life brings. We feel a great need to live ourselves fully. We look for signals, we listen and we merge. The protagonist of the story meets certain symbols that lead her to the final initiation. At the end of the journey, with the help of mysterious water fairies, who actually help her "dive" into the water, she takes the final decisive step to transform herself into a new, stronger and more focused person. First at the end of the trip, the bird makes direct contact, transmits its wisdom, protection and ancestral knowledge, since it leaves after the initiation, while the protagonist visibly experiences the change outside and inside. The bird becomes the logo of the Alkonost of the Balkan project in the sky, heralding a new beginning.