Among other things from that period she fell in love with hip-hop music and dreamed about making career in music business. She wrote her first song as a part of school assignment titled "Another side of life". In 1999. Diyala started MC-ing in Croatia. Her first band was called "Plag", later changed its name to "Many's insane".
They did live gigs all the way through 2001. when they parted ways. That's when she started making a solo career. Her main influences besides hip-hop artists were alternative rock bands like Slipknot, Tool and Marylin Manson.
Then came a call from a good friend DJ Ain'tune who was making hip-hop parties in Club "Ex" near Varazdin, Croatia. He asked Diyala if she's willing to make a freestyle live act. So she started doing freestyle gigs over NMC's beats. They did a couple of publicly acclaimed live shows in the area and later in 2001.
DJ Ain'tune, NMC and Diyala formed Tristosixty crew. Tristosixty was first hip-hop oriented group in north-western part of Croatia. She was the only female hip-hop MC rapping on english, so her live acts were very interesting but unusual in Croatia. People started to notice her unique style ... In 2005.
came her first big break after performing as Edo Maajka's suport act in Varazdin. Edo Maajka is one of the best selling and most acclaimed MC's in Croatia so that was a big honor for Diyala. When Edo first heard Diyala's live show he was absolutely thrilled and offered her a collaboration. She made a guest appearance on Edo's second album called "No sikiriki" on a song called "Down".
After that she was performing together with Edo Maajka as a warm-up act. She is always highly accepted and honored by public anywhere she performs. Crowd is always calling for encore and all of her shows are ended with frantic atmosphere. In February, 2006. her first single "Raw" came out.
"Raw" was very popular and held first place in the charts for 20 weeks on Croatian TV show called "Briljanteen". Slovenian director Mitja Okorn made a great video and soon "Raw" premiered on MTV Adria's Top 20 charts. That opened up a chance for Diyala to do lots of live acts trough out Slovenia. Simply put "Slovenia fell in love with Diyala's music". Another featuring came for famous DJ and producer from Zagreb "Eddy Ramich".
Eddy is highly acclaimed and well know through music business, and Diyala had guest appearance on his album "Just like". Influenced by artists like Ursula Rucker the song is called "From the rooftop" and served as another step further in her hip-hop expressionism. All of guest appearances mentioned above and excellent live shows got her a nomination at 2006. "Zlatna Koogla" award for the "Best new singer".
She came second in the voting but none the less that was a great sign that people in music business recognized her talent. After all those great shows the people from New York music business showed interest to sign Diyala's name on her first professional contract. It was New York management and production company called "Sound proof productions". This well known music production company worked with many famous US artists like: DMX, Styles P, Ruff Ryders, Mobb Deep and many more. They listened to Diyala's demo album and were thrilled with what they heard so they contacted Morris Studio in Zagreb.
Soon after Diyala signed a contract, but sadly nothing came out of it and the whole deal was dropped at the beginning of 2008. After all that hard work and 10 long years in music business on Monday, November 28th, 2009, the hardly anticipated album "Rapstract" was released and out on the streets for CPZ Records from Ljubljana, Slovenia. "Rapstract" features 14 songs written by Diyala and produced by: NMC, Sleepgolfer, Xcirey, Agent0.03 and Reverse Engineering. "Rapstract" is just what the name says "it's something new, abstract, something you never heard before" deep, raw and minimalistic, but delivers incredibly strong and powerful message. Just a couple of months later, in march of 2009. Diyala won her first major music award - she gathered most votes from the fans and became BEST FEMALE ARTIST IN CROATIA on ZLATNA KOOGLA music award! After more than 10 years doing live shows with DJ Ain'tune it was time to take the music to another level.
That's how "Diyala Upgraded" happened - a full blown band made of following members: Edi Grubisic Cipal on drums, Tin Oberman on keyboards/electronic and Igor Farkas on bass. Completely new sound was born, new arrangements, new songs, new energy. It's a fusion of many different music styles ranging from hip-hop to drum'n'bass, break-beat, trip-hop and rock. In September, 2011. she releases new album "D.I.Y.
2010/2011". This album floats between hip-hop, trip-hop and drum'n'bass rhythms. On the album Diyala has worked with various producers such as Croatian AC3PO, Egoless, NMC and Kodin, from Federal republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina Xcirey, and BunzerO from Belgium. Diyala plays awesome game with her voice routed through effects, uses her metal, industrial drum'n'bass and trip-hop rhymes and rhythms. Follow her music and artwork on: http://www.diyala-music.com/ http://www.reverbnation.com/diyala http://www.myspace.com/diyala11 https://www.facebook.com/groups/189003377827353 https://www.facebook.com/groups/51750350263/ Collaboration's: Opera singer Lilliane Sibba from France under Sonarscope production freestyle edition Guest appearance on song "Down" from Edo Maajka's album "No sikiriki". Guest appearance on song "From the rooftop" from Eddy meets Jannah album "Just like" Strictly Underground" mixtape by Tristosixty crew. Guest appearance on song "Noir" for Pure Stems Pack from Croatia. Guest appearance on song called "Rip 'n carve" for MC Popay from Croatia. Single "What iz thiz" produced by Sleepgolfer from Croatia. Song "Shoot down"produced by Sejtan from Bosnia and Herzegovina Song "Freaksual" produced by Sonarscope from Croatia Song "World in reverse" produced by Reverse Engineering from Switzerland. Couple of freestyle performances with Confusion crew from Zagreb, Croatia Tour with band "Bilk" trough Zagreb, Ljubljana, Celje, Banja Luka, Sarajevo, Rijeka and Koprivnica in spring 2011. Read more on Last.fm.
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