Change your mind and just breathe. Follow me: Dana Rogovski. No lo dudo Nos eleva. Big fat red moon.. Layout Design. Rap Albums. Beautiful Places. Containing some 70, music recordings and 14, artifacts, this is no small undertaking. Of all the companies that issued music in the former Yugoslavia, Jugoton was the largest.
Based in Dubrava, Zagreb, Jugoton was much more than the type of record label we know today - theirs was an entire industry of culture. Jugoton traces its roots all the way back to the s when it began life as the Elektroton label. After the Second World War, the label was nationalized and renamed Jugoton. At the peak of its influence, Zagreb's Jugoton did more than just sign artists and release music. On the Dubrava site where Croatia Records now stands was a then ultra-modern production studio where famous artists from all over Yugoslavia would come and record.
Jugoton made its own discs — at its peak, Jugoton's pressing plant churned out 30, vinyl records every day. By , its decade-old cassette production line made 20, units per day. They also owned the largest chain of music stores within the country. Part of the Jugoton studio set up on the Dubrava site. But, in the s the communist party seemed to relax and allow some western influences through.
From this decade, a lot of cover versions of western artists started to be recorded by Yugoslavian singers. Yugoslavian labels would officially license western music and release it here. All of this started to influence the music made here. While some bands did try to record this black American music in exactly the style as the Americans did it, many artists from here enjoyed experimenting with the style - in particular some pop artists and progressive rock bands. They took the rhythm and the funk from the American music, but added their own styles — sometimes distinctly Balkan styles — over the top.
It is a funk version of the Bosnian sevdah classic 'Mujo kuje konja po mjesecu Mujo changes the horseshoe by the moonlight '. It was shown to me by a Slovenian DJ colleague.
I only ever saw a physical copy of this release maybe two or three times in all my years spent digging. The world's largest exporter of music is the United States. The second-largest is the United Kingdom.
That these two largest exporters share a common language — and it being one of the world's most widely spoken — is no coincidence. It can be difficult to export music from Croatia and other Balkan nations purely because of the language barrier. People like to understand the text of what they are listening to. A decade of Non-Aligned beats, soul, disco and jazz Yugoslavia - six republics, four decades, one dictator and a single record label that ruled them all: Jugoton Zagreb, Croatia.
Jugoton was by far the country's largest label with the strongest and most diverse output that stretched from Balkan roots to contemporary trends and the sound of tomorrow. The early days of Yugoslavia featured strong censorship but by the end of the 60's the Communist party views softened up by a large degree.
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