Saturday, January 03, 2004

The End of Rock in Croatia

The most spectacular New Year celebration in Croatia happened on Jelačić Square (Jelacic Square) in Zagreb. It was concert – partially funded by SDP-dominated Zagreb city government – by Miroslav Škoro (Miroslav Skoro), folk singer most famous for his role in expert panel of Story Supernova Music Talents. His concert featured some of SSNMT finalists and was attended by some 70,000 people, mostly teenagers.

At this particular moment, Croatian rock bands or rock musicians can consider themselves very happy if they manage to fill modest-size music halls. Turbo folk, in its explicit and implicit forms, dominates Croatian music industry. In terms of politics and economy Croatia indeed might belong to West, but culturally it still has much more in common with its eastern neighbour.


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