5 Years Today: Croatia Remembers Trogir’s Unforgettable Tenor Vinko Coce

Daniela Rogulj

Remembering the unforgettable tenor Vinko Coce, whose contribution to Croatia’s cultural heritage is unquestionable.

Vinko Coce was born on December 22, 1954. He made his first musical steps already at the age of thirteen, and at fifteen he performed as a tenor in the vocal quintet Mali kanti. A trademark of Trogir has always been the klapa, and for years Coce worked with the cult group Klapa Trogir which set the stone foundations for klapa music, along with Klapa Šibenik and Klapa Lučica, reports Dalmacija News on October 27, 2018. 

Unforgettable tenor Vinko Coce began his solo career in 1991

In 1991, Coce began his solo career in music, which unfortunately brought an end to his engagement with klapa. 

Vinko Coce’s first album was released in 1993

In time, his close collaboration with Nenad Ninčević and Josko Banov began, after which he achieved his first major success – Vinko Coce’s first album was recorded in 1993, which boasted some of the singer’s remarkable hits.

Coce’s ten-year period of solo work resulted in numerous successes that ensured the eminent position of the performer in the selection and interpretation of musical work on the national stage.


Some of Coce’s most significant songs include the unmatched “Ribari”, “Vilo moja”, “More li”, “Mirno spavaj, ružo moja”, “Da je meni s tobom kroz Pasike”, “Sićaš li se di, Lungomare” and “Kada umren umotan u bilo”.


Vinko Coce won the Grand Prix of the Split Festival and the Porin 

Some of his greatest awards were the Grand Prix of the Split Festival in 1993 for his interpretation of the song “Sićaš li se, Lungomare”, while together with Klapa Trogir in 1998, he won the Porin for ‘Best Album of Folklore Music’.


Vinko Coce played to a packed Poljud stadium in 2008

The peak of his impressive career was the great concert “Vinko Coce and Friends” on August 31, 2008, in front of a full Poljud stadium, as part of the klapa spectacle “Ne damo te pismo naša”. The concert was recorded on CD/DVD as one of the largest and most impressive concerts in Croatia. 


Vinko Coce passed away on October 27, 2013

Unfortunately, the end of Vinko’s journey was on October 27, 2013, when he died after a months-long battle of high blood pressure and diabetes. More than ten thousand people attended the singer’s funeral. Numerous musicians said goodbye to their friend and colleague, and praised the celebrated singer for his incredible influence. 


Coce is remembered as one of the greatest singers in Croatian history 

Vinko Coce was a highly respected tenor in the region and one of the greatest singers of Croatia history, which was also confirmed by the Porin for his lifestyle achievements, received in 2014 shortly after his death. In his honor, his friends sang many powerful and emotional songs which included “Vidi li se šta odozgar” by Tedi Spalato, written by Nenad Ninčević, the writer of many of Coce’s hits. 


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