Dah (band)

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Background information
Also known as Land
Origin Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia
Genres Progressive rock, folk rock
Years active 1972 – 1976
Labels Jugoton, Studio B, Polydor Records, Jupiter Records, Diskos
Associated acts Džentlmeni, Iskre, Siluete, YU grupa, Opus, Dogovor iz 1804, Crni Biseri, Pop Mašina, Gordi, Rokeri s Moravu, Rok Mašina, Riblja Čorba
Past members Zlatko Manojlović
Branislav Marušić
Branko Gluščević
Radomir Dubičanin
Dragan Mihajlović
Velibor Bogdanović
Miodrag Okrugić
Goran Manojlović
Tommy Schaplteholtz
Willy Pultz
Zdenko Pomper
Stevan Milutinović
Vidoja Božinović
Dušan Đukić

Dah (Serbian Cyrillic: Дах, trans. Breath) was a former Yugoslav/Belgian progressive rock band. Originally formed in Yugoslavia in 1972, the band, in 1975, moved to Belgium and changed the name to Land. After spending a year in Belgium and releasing an English language album, the band went back to Yugoslavia, where they changed their name back to Dah, disbanding in 1976.


Dah was formed in 1972 by Zlatko Manojlović (a former Džentlmeni and Fleš member, guitar) and Branislav Marušić "Čutura" (a former Iskre, Albatrosi and Džentlmeni member, guitar, vocals). The first lineup also featured Branko Gluščević (a former Iskre, Siluete and Lutalice member, bass guitar) and Radomir Dubičanin (a former Fleš member, drums). In April 1973 the band performed at BOOM Festival in Ljubljana and their song "Ako poželiš" was released on the double live album BOOM Pop Fest '73.[1] Soon after the band released their debut 7" single with songs "Ako poželiš" and "Noćna buka",[2] which they promoted performing in the display window of a record shop.

After the release of the single, Marušić left the band and began his solo career. Manojlović took the singing duties, and Dah performed as a power trio for a year and a half. After Dubičanin joined Siluete, he was replaced by Velibor "Boka" Bogdanović (a former Plavi Dečaci, Džentlmeni, YU grupa and Opus member), and soon the band started performing with violinist and guitarist Dragan Mihajlović. On several occasions the band cooperated with organist Miodrag Okrugić (a former Beduini, YU grupa and Opus member). Dah debut album Veliki cirkus (The Big Circus) was released in 1974 through Jugoton. The album lyrics were written by the disc jockey Zoran Modli. The lyrics for some of the songs, such as "Prohujalo sa vihorom" ("Gone with the Wind"), "Majka Jugovića" and "Troil i Kesida" were inspired by film and literature. The album brought the hit "Šošana", the melody of which was based on Yosef Hadar's composition "Erev Shel Shoshanim".[3] The song "Šošana" was recorded by Manojlović with Dragan Mihajlović, bassist Zdenko Pomper and drummer Stevan Milutinović (a former Dogovor iz 1804 and Moira member).

In 1975 the band moved to Belgium, where they performed under the name Land. The Belgian lineup of the band featured, alongside Manojlović and Bogdanović, Zlatko Manojlović's brother Goran (keyboard), Tommy Spalteholtz (bass guitar) and Willy Pultz (guitar). This lineup released "Šošana" as a single.[4] The single was very successful, Polydor Records released it in West Germany, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Austria and Spain, and it reached No. 1 on the Morocco national radio chart. During the band's 1975 staying in Luxembourg they recorded the album Cool Breeze which was released through Jupiter Records. After the album release the band performed with the band Focus.

In 1976 the band moved back to Yugoslavia and released their second album under the name Dah, Povratak (The Return), which featured a new version of "Šošana".[5] However, in 1977 the band leader Zlatko Manojlović went to serve the Yugoslav People's Army, and his brother Goran became the temporary leader of Dah. The last Dah lineup featured Zdenko Pomper (bass guitar), Vidoja Božinović (a former Dim Bez Vatre and Pop Mašina member, guitar), Dušan Đukić Đuka (a former Immamorata and Pop Mašina member, drums) and the singer Latke. This lineup of the band performed for a year and disbanded. After his return from the army Zlatko Manojlović formed the band Gordi.


In 1994, Serbian pop rock band Ruž covered the song "Šošana" on their album N˚4, which was produced by Manojlović.[6]


Studio albums[edit]

  • Veliki cirkus (1974)
  • Cool Breeze (as Land, 1975)
  • Povratak (1976)


  • "Ako poželiš" / "Noćna buka" (1973)
  • "Samo jedna noć" / "Cvrčak" (1973)
  • "Gitareska" / "Ti si ta" (1974)
  • "Mali princ" / "Ime" (1974)
  • "Šošana" / "Please, Don't Say Nothing" (as Land, 1975)
  • "Žeđ" / "Misli" (1976)
  • "Tomorrow" / "Under The Sky" (1977)


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