Sevdah as a musical genre, is neither Turkish nor Slavic. It arose where Europe and the Orient met and ground together as a woman grinds grain on the family millstone. Until recently in fact, this was almost exclusively a women's music. Currently sedah are often also performed by men. Long ago these were sung without instrumental accompaniment. These days there is often a small orchestra in which there may be an accordian, a violin, a guitar or other string instruments. Sometimes there will be a flute or clarinet and drums as well. More and more frequently the accompaniment is provided by an electronic keyboard.
We may have difficulty providing a formal category for sevdalinka, Any love song could perhaps be sevdah. It depends so much on the performer whether it achieves that which is exclusively a sevdalinka. Important features of the genre are: excessive second, mixolidic major and harmonic minor, alteration, coloring, wide voice range and phrases requiring a long breath.
All said, expect rich harmony full of melancholic emotions with a tempo that is a slow or moderate and varied by the singer throughout the song. Sevdalinka songs are very elaborate, emotionally charged and are traditionally sung with passion and fervor. The combination of Oriental, European and Sephardic elements make this genre stand out among other types of Balkan folk music.
bubnjevi = drums
harmonika = accordion
klavijature = keyboard