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Rookley ‘Konavle’ : Memories of youth. In war. In peace. In personal conflict.

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‘Konavle’ is the NY electronica artist’s piece which is about childhood experiences in the Croatian post-war scenery.

Rookley himself was there, he witnessed the story many of the families from the Konavle region went through. In his pushing, bright and synth-heavy electronica track he tells this story from his own point of view.

“In 1996 none of us spoke English or Croatian, except my father but just few words, so we were literally mimicking to communicate. Myself as a 6 years old and their first son Domagoj, who was 3 years older, quickly became pretty good at it and in 2 years we mastered this primitive communication.”

He added: “With him, I got introduced to all the kids on the gulf, and we were hundreds! Hundreds of kids in an abandoned place after a war and we just wanted to have fun and riot.”

The cover picture contributed by US war photographer Ron Haviv was taken from a house in Sarajevo. It shows a family portrait, the faces scraped off by Serbian soldiers. The Serbs who had occupied the house left as the city was reunified under the Muslim-led Bosnian government, taking the Bosnian family’s furniture and the rest of the belongings from the house and leaving only the photograph.

The production of ‘Konavle’ was done with audio engineer Stefano Privato. Mastering was done by Grammy-award nominated audio engineer Shawn Hatfield.

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