(VIDEO) From “Ivona” to “Corona” – Neno Belan Rewrites Old Hit for Current Times

Daniela Rogulj

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April 7, 2020 – Neno Belan, one of Croatia’s most famous songwriters, presents a new version of an old single performed with his daughter Nikolina Belan. 

Ladies and Gentlemen, meet “Corona”, Neno Belan’s reflection on the current global coronavirus pandemic.

Considering all concerts are currently on hold, one of Croatia’s most famous musicians is spending quite some time at home, often cleaning out his apartment while self-isolating in Rijeka. This is where Neno Belan discovered the original tapes of his hit song “Ivona”.

The song is from his album Space Twist, which was a huge hit in the late 1990s. Contributing to the “stay at home” message, which is increasingly promoted by the Civil Protection Headquarters, “Ivona” quickly turned into “Corona”. Thus, the 1998 song received new lyrics that referenced the current situation, but in Belan’s special way. 


The message of the song encourages people to stay home, reducing their chances of infection, but also comically presents the pandemic. 

“I am keeping a positive attitude about the whole situation; this threat will pass soon; everything will be fine; we just need to follow the instructions of our Headquarters. I think we all need to be optimistic and have faith in a better tomorrow to deal with this adversity,” Neno Belan points out.

A video was also recorded for the song in Belan’s home studio. Namely, it was filmed with Neno’s cellphone, and an important role was played by daughter Nikolina, who, together with her father, also directed the video. It was edited by famous Croatian cinematographer Tomislav Brđanović.

All proceeds from this single will be credited to the Ministry of Health account for the fight against the coronavirus and for reconstructing the city of Zagreb, which suffered in the recent earthquake.

Source: Jutarnji List

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