- Propaganda (Serbian band)
Infobox musical artist
Name = Propaganda
Img_size = 250
Background = group_or_band
Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia
Genre = Pop Rock
Years_active = 1982
Associated_acts = Bulevar
Idoli Bajaga i Instruktori
Dejan Cukić & Spori Ritam Band
Propaganda was a former Yugoslav band from
Belgradeconsiting of former Zvuk Ulice and Bulevar memers. The band released only one album and disbanded.
The roots of the band can be found in the mid-seventies band called Zvuk Ulice. The band was formed in 1976 by future
Idolimembers guitarist and singer Vlada Divljan, bassist Zdenko Kolar, drummer Kokan Popović, keyboardist Dragan Mitrić, saxophonist Bora Atić and Dragana Milković on piano and vocals. At first Divljan only played the guitar and later also did vocals.
The band did cover versions of
The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrixand performed their own songs, mostly instrumentals. The band's sound was described as a combination of melodic rock and jazz rock, but Zdenko Kolarin an interview stated that it was the sound that in the early eighies would deffinetly be described as new wave. They had recording sessions in Radio Belgradestudios and the recordings were often broadcasted on radio stations.
In 1978 the band performed at the last BOOM festival in
Novi Sadand in 1979 at ZaječarGuitar festival where they were considederd to be victorious. They were the only band from Belgradewhich the audience did not like. The first place at the festival was won by Galija. Soon after Kokan Popovićhad to serve the Yugoslav People's Armyand his future wife got preagnant so the band split up.
In 1982 former Zvuk Ulice members
Kokan Popović(guitar, vocals) and Dragan Mitrić (keyboards) with Branko Isaković(bass) and Nenad Morgenstern (drums, percussion) formed Propaganda. The band started recording their debut album "Apatija javnosti" partially featuring songs from the Zvuk Ulice period in the Radio Belgradestudio 5. The album was released by PGP RTBand featured ten tracks. The opening track "Esmeralda" featred lyrics written by Muharem Serbezovski, a famous Bosnian Romani musician.
After the band split up,
Kokan Popovićjoined Idoliin late 1982 and the following year Branko Isakovićalso joined Idoli. Mitrić later joined Bajaga i Instruktoriand later became the part of Dejan Cukić's backing band called Spori Ritam Band.
* "Apatija javnosti" (
PGP RTB, 1982)
External links and references
* [http://www.discogs.com/release/1032396 Propaganda at Discogs]
* [http://www.akordi.co.yu/arhiv/idoli/idoli.htm Zdenko Kolar interview (Serbian source)]
* [http://forum.krstarica.com/archive/index.php/t-2272.html Vlada Divljan interview (Serbian source)]
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