Dražen Ričl

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Dražen Ričl
Also known as Zijo, Para
Born (1962-03-12)March 12, 1962
Sarajevo, FPR Yugoslavia
Died October 1, 1986(1986-10-01) (aged 24)
Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia
Genres Rock, Pop rock, Punk rock, Hard Rock, New Primitives
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1984–1986
Associated acts Crvena Jabuka, Elvis J. Kurtović & His Meteors
Notable instruments
Fender Stratocaster
Fender Telecaster

Dražen Ričl (12 March 1962 – 1 October 1986) was a Yugoslav rock musician, best known as the first lead vocalist of popular Sarajevo-based rock band Crvena jabuka.


Ričl was born in Sarajevo to Czech father Ferdinand Ritchel[1][2] and Bosniak mother Elvira. He grew up in the city's Koševo neighborhood where he was known by nicknames Para and Zijo. Upon finishing musical high school, he started studying journalism at the University of Sarajevo, where he met future fellow musician Branko Đurić. Soon, Zijo left the studies to start playing his first band Ozbiljno pitanje (Serious Question). The band also featured Zlatko Arslanagić, future co-founder of Crvena Jabuka. Soon afterwards, Ričl joins one of the greatest attractions of the New Primitives movement, Elvis J. Kurtović & His Meteors and, meanwhile, acts as one of the leading actors in the first season of the popular absurd comedy TV series Top lista nadrealista, which was also created as a part of the New Primitives movement.

With Crvena Jabuka[edit]

At the beginning of 1985, Ričl leaves Elvis J. Kurtović & His Meteors to join forces with Arslanagić once again, this time forming Crvena jabuka (Red Apple, the name making a reference to The Beatles). Aljoša Buha, Dražen Žerić Žera and Darko Jelčić Cunja have all joined the band in the next several months and they started rehearsing in the attic of Arslanagić's house. In 1986, the band released its self-titled first album, that quickly gained immense popularity. Ričl and Arslanagić, as the leading authors, have combined the rudeness and simplicity of New primitivism with the romantic themes, characteristic of the bands they have considered their predecessors, such as The Beatles and Indexi.


Following the summer of 1986, the band scheduled the tour that was meant to confirm their outstanding popularity. The first concert of the tour was scheduled for 18 September 1986 in Mostar, and the members of the band traveled from Sarajevo in two cars. Ričl, Arslanagić and Buha were in Arslanagić's Fiat 600. The car crashed directly into a truck on the road near Jablanica. Buha died instantly, and Ričl was transferred to Belgrade, where he was in a coma, until he died, 1 October 1986. Arslanagić had survived the accident and, following a severe depression, continued to work with the remaining members of the band. Fellow musicians across Yugoslavia paid tribute to the victims of the accident and organized concerts in memory of the lost members of Crvena jabuka. After a year, the surviving members of the band began to work on their second album Za sve ove godine, which was created as an homage to Ričl and Buha.

Ričl was buried in the Bare cemetery in Sarajevo.


Elvis J. Kurtović & His Meteors[edit]

  • Mitovi i legende o kralju Elvisu (1984)
  • Da bog da crk'o rok'n'rol (1985)

Crvena Jabuka[edit]


  1. ^ Kurtović, Elvis J. (27 September 2011). "Frtalj stoljeća tuge". RadioSarajevo.ba. Retrieved 1 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Kurtović, Elvis J. (30 September 2014). "Odmorište Dražena Ričla". RadioSarajevo.ba. Retrieved 18 January 2015.