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Mr. Worldwide
jazz // disco // latin // traditional // african

"Me not working hard? Yeah, that's right, picture that with a Kodak Or, better yet, go to the studio, Take a picture of me with a Kodak" Let Mr. Worldwide take you on that country-by-country tour of music that you didn’t even know you needed. Exploring each country’s unique musical identity, from groovy Nigerian disco and Caribbean zouk to traditional Arab maloof and classic German techno. Wherever you wanty go, Mr. Worldwide will take you there, and he’ll also do it while mixing (mostly) vinyl, so you know this is some serious stuff. “Africa’s Top Singer� Mohammed Wardi had fans travelling across deserts for a picture, but Mr. Todo-El-Mundo is boutta bring him right to you. So get in el taxi and join !!!!

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   19:00 - 20:00
   Thu, 27/05/2021
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4
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2020
yugoslavia: synth/pop/disco
01/04/2021 // yugoslavia: synth/pop/disco

The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was a founding member of the Non-Aligned Movement, existing in a rift between the Eastern and Western Blocs in Europe. It’s relative openness to the West was apparent in the influence Western music styles had on the local music scene. Pop and Rock (along with their respective sub-genres) dominated the Yugoslavian mainstream and were considered both socially and politically acceptable. Several artists such as Bijelo Dugme, Zdravko Čolić, and Rani Mraz performed for President Josip Broz Tito (notably, the only person that has smoked in the White House). Yugoslavia was also the only communist country to take part in the Eurovision, joining in 1961 (before countries like Portugal and Greece).

Up until the late 80s, Yugoslavia enjoyed considerable economic growth. This might explain the prevalence of early-age synths, which were extremely expensive to both manufacture and acquire. Additionally, the State-owned record label Produkcija Gramofonskih Ploca Radio Televizije Beograd was willing to put out most musical projects. This helped artists feel comfortable in their creativity. While the origins of Yugoslavia electronica most likely originate in the avantgarde and electroacoustic sounds of the 1960s and 1970s, electronica entered Yugoslavia’s public sphere in the late 1970s. This appeared in pop, jazz, prog rock, radio jingles and TV themes. The 1978 theme for TV Belgrade’s Daily News 2 programme (created by Zoran Simjanović) is a notable example.

While electronic music was being recorded throughout Yugoslavia, most of the bands were recording for the Jugoton label in Zagreb, or the Radio-Television Belgrade label. Despite this, it is hard to classify music as being Slovenian, Croatian, Serbian etc. Around the early 1980s, it became clear that electronica was not to be short lived. Although Beograd are known for some of the first officially released electronic music in Yugoslavia, Željko Luketić maintains that Kozmetika was the first group to start producing electronic music exclusively. Unfortunately, their first (and last) album released in 1983 due to unforeseen circumstances. Other notable electronica artists in the former Yugoslavia include: Videosex led by Anja Rupel, the duo Denis & Denis which included Marina Perazić (who later started a solo career).

2 years after the group Riva won the Eurovision Song contest in 1989 and 1 year after Eurovision took place in Zagreb in 1990, the SFR Yugoslav music scene ceased to exist. The breakup of Yugoslavia and the subsequent Yugoslav wars had also caused its music scene to fracture. After the end of the conflicts, the former Yugoslav nations bettered their relations. This allowed many former Yugoslav musicians to re-emerge and tour the former Yugoslav countries.

Sources:

https://ptich.si/socialist-discotheque-the-electronic-music-history-of-yugoslavia-part-one/

https://ptich.si/socialist-discotheque-the-electronic-music-history-of-yugoslavia-part-two/

https://www.theransomnote.com/music/ransom-filter/80s-yugoslavian-disco-in-focus/

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