Propaganda (Yugoslav band)

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Origin Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
Genres New wave, synthpop, pop rock
Years active early 1980s
Labels PGP-RTB, Supraphon, Sonar Kollektiv
Associated acts Idoli, Bulevar, Slađana Milošević, Bajaga i Instruktori, Bilja Krstić & Bistrik Orchestra, Dejan Cukić & Spori Ritam Band, Kal, Kerber
Past members Branko Isaković
Dragan Mitrić
Kokan Popović
Nenad Morgenstern

Propaganda (Serbian Cyrillic: Пропаганда) was a former Yugoslav new wave band from Belgrade, consisting of former Zvuk Ulice and Bulevar members. The band released only one album, Apatija javnosti, and disbanded.


Zvuk Ulice[edit]

The roots of Propaganda can be found in the mid-1970s band called Zvuk Ulice. The band was formed in 1976 by Vlada Divljan (guitarist, vocalist), Zdenko Kolar (bass), Kokan Popović (drums), Dragan Mitrić (keyboards), Bora Antić (saxophone) and Dragana Milković (piano, 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 Hendrix and performed their own songs, mostly instrumentals. The band sound was described as a combination of melodic rock and jazz rock, but Zdenko Kolar in an interview stated that it was the sound that in the early eighties would definitely be described as new wave. They had recording sessions in Radio Belgrade studios and the recordings were often broadcast on radio stations.

In 1978 the band performed at the last BOOM festival in Novi Sad and in 1979 at Zaječar Gitarijada where they were well received, but the first place at the festival was won by Galija. Soon after, Kokan Popović went to serve the Yugoslav People's Army and his future wife got pregnant so the band split up. Vlada Divljan and Zdenko Kolar soon formed Idoli, Dragan Mitrić joined Bulevar and Kokan Popović joined Slađana Milošević's backing band.


Former Zvuk Ulice members Kokan Popović (guitar, vocals) and Dragan Mitrić (keyboards) with Branko Isaković (bass) and Nenad Morgenstern (drums, percussion) formed Propaganda.[1] The band started recording their debut album, partially featuring material from the Zvuk Ulice repertoire, in the Radio Belgrade Studio 5.

Apatija javnosti (Apathy of Public), released by PGP-RTB in 1982, featured ten tracks, including the opening track, "Esmeralda", featuring lyrics written by Muharem Serbezovski, a famous Macedonian Romani musician.[2] The band was signed as the author of all tracks as well as the album producers.[2] The track from the album "Bugatty" appeared on the Polish various artists compilation Ruleta 5, released by Supraphon in 1984,[3] and the track "18. Novembar" ("November 18") appeared on the Computer Incarnations For World Peace German various artists compilation, released in 2007 by Sonar Kollektiv.[4]

After the album was released, the band disbanded. Kokan Popović had already been working with Idoli, on their debut album Odbrana i poslednji dani (The Defence and the Last Days), and in 1983, Branko Isaković also joined Idoli and appeared as bassist on the albums Čokolada (Chocolate) and Šest dana juna (Six Days of June). Dragan Mitrić joined Bajaga i Instruktori and later became the part of his former Bulevar bandmate Dejan Cukić backing band called Spori Ritam Band.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Released
Apatija javnosti

Other appearances[edit]

Title Album Released
Ruleta 5
"18. Novembar"
Computer Incarnations
For World Peace


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