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Zabranjeno Pušenje

In the 80's, in Sarajevo, when almost all the yugoslav rock bands tried to copy the western bands, mostly punk and new wave, a band differs from the other ones. Created by Nele Karajlić, the Zabranjeno Pušenje was the leader of a rock movement, based in Sarajevo searching for its own path, still not denying its roots. Their music was a mix of many influences, from rock to punk, passing through Balkan folklore, with powerful lyrics. In Serbo-Croatian, zabranjeno pušenje means smoking forbidden, but the name of the band is also a way to denounce all the things that are forbidden, still playing on the ambiguity of the smoken product…

Beside their concerts, the band is also on TV with a show called the “suurealist toplist“, very popular, with a corrosive humour like the one of the Monty Pythons, and which denounced also the problems of the society.

Zabranjeno pušenje made four albums before the war in ex-Yugoslavia on which we can find titles such as Dan kad je otišao Hase and Lijepa Alma which are today classics of the bosnian music.

Das ist Walter When Emir Kusturica was shooting Do you remember Dolly Bell ?, he met the members of the band, understanding that, even with different means, they were speaking of the same problems : difficulties to find its own identity as a Yugoslav or a Sarajevin for the young ones, in a totalitarian regime, neighbour of the great western countries. This affirmation could be passed through music, sport, books. Those themes are the one we find in Do you remember Dolly Bell ?, but also in the skecthes or the passions of the band members.

In 1985, after his second film, and his first Golden Palm in Cannes for When father was away on business, Emir Kusturica decided to breathe a little bit, and joined the Zabranjeno pušenje to record an album and go on tour with them. He learnt bass guitar almost on stage, in a few weeks. His friend Nele Karajlić told him then : “You've won the cinema world championship… you can't make better, you should stop now !“. Emir (almost) took him seriously, but still continued his cinema career.

When Yugoslavia imploded in 1991, the musicians separated. The members stayed in Bosnia relaunched quickly the band in Sarajevo and made new albums since then.

Today, they continue producing alsums, and touring still under the original name of the band, claiming its legimity against the No Smoking Orchestra

Discography

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zabranjeno-pusenje.bosnia.ba (in Bosnian)