Serbian Instagram star Jelena Rupic has made a special guest appearance in the latest music video of the iconic former Yugoslav hard rock band Wild Strawberries (“Divlje Jagode”) for the song “Vanilla & Sweat” (“Vanila i znoj”).
Apart from Jelena’s video appearance, the song features Zvonko Pantovic Cipi from the classic Serbian hard rock act The Conquerors (Osvajaci) on co-lead vocals.
The track marks the third single from the band’s yet-untitled 12th studio album, marking the follow-up to 2020’s “Jukebox.”
The song is expected to appear on the setlist during the group’s upcoming 45th-anniversary celebration show, booked for October 8 at the MTS Hall in Belgrade, Serbia.
Jelena is also featured on the cover art for the new single.
Hinting the collaboration marks the beginning of her upcoming projects, Rupic stated via press release:
“It has been a pleasure to collaborate with these two iconic hard ‘n’ heavy acts. The video was shot in the style of Quentin Tarantino so as a huge fan of movies and comic books, I was beyond excited about this role.”
The video was recorded in Kragujevac, Serbia, and directed by keyboardist Damjan Deuric, who has been a member of the fold since 2011.
Guitarist and band leader, Sead “Zele” Lipovaca, stated during a press conference in Belgrade:
“In the past, I often felt like Wild Strawberries were a one-man band because I was doing 99% of things.
“If I hadn’t, there would be no band… Everyone in this band now is doing their job. Livio [Berak, vocals/guitar] is doing one job Toni [Jankovic, lead vocals] is doing another job, and this magical drummer Emil [Kranjcic], who is definitely the best drummer in the Balkans, bar none – he’s doing a third job.
“Bandi [bass] is taking care of social networks, Damjan is the right-hand man in the studio, and he also directed this video and all the previous videos in the past few years. He’s a miracle, a 6-in-1 man.”
Wild Strawberries were founded in 1977 by Lipovaca. The group has sold over 4 million albums, cementing itself as the most successful hard rock act to come out of the region.
The video is available in the player below.