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Zabranjeno pu?enje at the 2017 Belgrade Beerfest (left to right): Klo, Trak, Lana, Sejo, Toni, & Robi
Zabranjeno pu?enje at the 2017 Belgrade Beerfest (left to right): Klo, Trak, Lana, Sejo, Toni, & Robi
Background information
OriginSarajevo, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia
(now Bosnia and Herzegovina)
1980-1990; 1996-present
WebsiteOfficial website
See members

Zabranjeno pu?enje (transl. No Smoking) is a Bosnian rock band formed in Sarajevo in 1980. The group's musical style primarily consists of a distinctive garage rock sound with folk influences, often featuring innovative production and complex storytelling. Currently, the band consists of founding member, vocalist and guitarist Sejo Sexon, longtime drummer Branko Trajkov, guitarist Toni Lovi?, bassist Dejan Ore?kovi?, and violinist and keyboardist Robert Boldi?ar.

Band was formed contrary to the then prevalent Yugoslav punk rock and new wave, closely associated with the New Primitivism cultural movement and the radio and television satire and sketch comedy show Top lista nadrealista. They were one of the most popular musical acts of the 1980s in Yugoslavia, selling hundreds of thousands of records. Many times they got in trouble with the authorities for their, usually mild and sympathetic, criticism of the socialist system, and the habit of making light of issues considered sensitive at the time. The band's first lineup, originally named Pseudobluz bend Zabranjeno Pu?enje, featured guitarist Sejo Sexon and vocalist Nele Karajli?, alongside drummers Fu-Do then ?eki Gayton, bassist Munja Miti?, keyboardist Seid Mali Karajli?, saxophonist and flutist Ognjen Gaji?, guitarist Mustafa ?engi?, and synthesizerist Zoran Degan. Their debut studio album Das ist Walter (1984) was initially released in limited circulation; the final count was 100,000 copies sold, setting a record for exceeding the initial release by 30 times. Their subsequent album Dok ?eka? sabah sa ?ejtanom (1985), also released through Jugoton, was boycotted by the mainstream media due to troubles with Communist authorities. In 1986, ?eki Gayton, Miti? and ?engi? chose to leave the group, while drummer Faris Arapovi?, bassist Darko Ostoji?, guitarist Kowalski and keyboardist Dado D?ihan joined in.[1] During the second half of 1980s with the new lineup of the band released two albums Pozdrav iz zemlje Safari (1987) and Male pri?e o velikoj ljubavi (1989) through Diskoton.

During 1992, band split followed the Bosnian War, Nele Karajli? continued working in Belgrade under the names Nele Karajli? & Zabranjeno pu?enje and Emir Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra, while Sejo Sexon and other members rejoined in Sarajevo, using the original name, continuing band's career[2] released the fifth studio album Fild?an vi?ka (1997) with the changed lineup. The band's 1990s lineup alongside Sejo Sexon featured the leader of the New Primitivism movement Elvis J. Kurtovi?, vocalist Marin Gradac, a guest on the 1987 album bassist Dragan Bobi?, guitarist Sejo Kovo and violinist Bruno Urli?. After one temporary drummer, Branko Trajkov joined the group in 1996. The same lineup recorded the album Agent tajne sile (1999). In 2000, Kurtovi?, Kovo, and Gradac left the group, while guitarist and producer Dragianni joined the group and played on their subsequent album, Bog vozi Mercedes (2001). That album was followed five years later by Hodi da ti ?iko ne?to da (2006). In the mid-2000s, Dragianni, Bobi?, and Urli? chose to leave the group, while guitarist Toni Lovi?, bassist Dejan Ore?kovi?, and violinist Robert Boldi?ar came to their seats. The band's ninth studio album, Muzej revolucije (2009), was released on the Anniversary of the October Revolution in almost all former Yugoslav countries, on the same day. The band released their tenth studio album, Radovi na cesti, in 2013. Their eleventh studio album was released in 2018, titled ?ok i nevjerica.



What would eventually become Zabranjeno Pu?enje was started in 1979 by sixteen-year-old Nenad Jankovi? (later to become known as dr. Nele Karajli?) and eighteen-year-old Davor Su?i? (later Mr. Sejo Sexon), two teenage friends and neighbors who attended Sarajevo Second Gymnasium secondary school and lived in the same apartment building on Fuad Mid?i? Street in the Sarajevo neighborhood of Ko?evo. Already infatuated with and deeply immersed in rock and roll, the two fanatically absorbed various musical influences from Yugoslavia and abroad, all the while desperately trying to achieve a basic level of technical proficiency on their instruments -- at this stage, Nele Karajli? played the piano, an instrument he previously studied in music school for a short time before dropping out, while Sejo Sexon played the guitar. Both possessing very limited musical knowledge, despite displaying boundless enthusiasm, the duo struggled with everything from simply tuning their instruments to producing the simplest of melodies.[3]

Sexon and Karajli? soon expanded their setup by adding Ognjen Gaji?, another neighborhood teenage friend who possessed some basic musical knowledge having attended a music school. Though by Karajli?'s own admission, Gaji? played the piano better than him,[3] Gaji? decided to switch over to flute as an homage to his favorite band Jethro Tull. He managed to become comfortable on a new instrument fairly quickly, soon becoming a bit of a musical authority among this now three-piece.[3]

Since each of the three teenage members of the group (by now informally known as Pseudobluz bend) lived with their parents, the band rehearsals also took place in their parents' apartments, mostly Karajli?'s and Gaji?'s.[4]

Before long, Sexon brought in Zenit ?ozi? (a.k.a. Zena, later to become known as Fu-Do), his new classmate at Second Gymnasium who had recently moved to Sarajevo from Bugojno, to be the band's drummer. Adding percussions, that actually consisted of pots and pans, to their setup created new problems as the noise during rehearsals became unbearable for Karajli?'s parents and Gaji?'s mother so the members set about looking for a suitable rehearsal space.

1980-1983: Early years

In fall 1980, in accordance with the newly passed law in Yugoslavia requiring high school graduates to immediately serve their compulsory military service in the Yugoslav People's Army, nineteen-year-old Sexon had to report to the army, which meant being away from Sarajevo and the band for a whole year.[5] With Sexon temporarily gone, the band got a new member - Mustafa ?engi? (a.k.a. Mu?e or Mujo Sna?ni) who brought in Mladen Miti? (a.k.a. Munja or Mitke) on bass guitar. They were occasionally accompanied by Mirko Srdi? (later to become known as Elvis J. Kurtovi?), Zoran Degan, Boris ?iber, Samir ?eremida, etc. In December 1980, they managed to get the band on the bill of a ?elimir Altarac ?i?ak-organized new music showcase at Dom mladih in Sarajevo held under the "Nove nade, nove snage" ('New Blood, New Hopefuls') mantra.[6] The event would be the band's first-ever live public performance though they did play a small show at Sarajevo's Fifth Gymnasium for their friends a few days earlier on 30 November 1980 as preparation for the Dom mladih gig.[7] Shortly before ?i?ak's show at Dom mladih, the band changed its name to Pseudobluz bend Zabranjeno Pu?enje. Over time, they dropped the first part and continued as just Zabranjeno Pu?enje for brevity.

Their first recording, song "Penzioneri na more idu zimi" (transl. Retirees take their Vacation in Winter), was made for Radio Sarajevo in early 1981.[8] From May 1981, Karajli? and occasionally a few other band members became additionally involved with the Top lista nadrealista radio segment, which aired weekly as part of the Primus program on Radio Sarajevo's channel two. "Penzioneri na more idu zimi" began to get some modest airplay on Radio Sarajevo throughout the year, leading to an increasing number of youths in the city making the connection between the band and the weekly comedy radio segment. In early fall 1981, along with many other upstart Sarajevo bands such as Zov, Formula 4, Ema, Cod, Rezonansa, Super 98, Negra, ?aoka, Ozbiljno Pitanje, Linija ?ivota, Lucifer, Te?ni Kristal, Tina, and Bed?, Zabranjeno Pu?enje got booked for a multi-act gig as opening acts for headliners Indexi, Bulevar, Paraf, Zana, Aerodrom, Laboratorija Zvuka, and Bijelo Dugme - all part of the 'Mladost Sutjeske' event commemorating and celebrating the Battle of Sutjeska from World War II. Held at Skenderija sports arena on 3 October 1981, it was the band's biggest show to date and they left a memorable impression as singer Karajli? and drummer ?ozi? were about to leave for their mandatory army services just as guitarist Sexon was completing his.[9]

1984-1989: Breakthrough and rising fame in Yugoslavia

The band performed around Sarajevo for two years before beginning to record material for a debut album during Fall 1983 in producer a modest studio owned by "Pa?a" Ferovi?. The shambolic recording process took seven months before the album named Das ist Walter got released by Jugoton in April 1984[10] in the small print of 3,000 copies, clearly indicative of the label's extremely low commercial expectations. The line-up was altered and now Nenad Jankovi?'s younger brother keyboardist Dra?en Jankovi? (a.k.a. Seid Mali Karajli?) and drummer Predrag Raki? (a.k.a. ?eki Gayton). Though the album was initially released in the small print, the final count was 100,000 copies sold, setting a record for exceeding the initial release by 30 times. In Autumn 1984, they embarked on a 60-concert nationwide concert tour, making them one of the biggest Yugoslav rock attractions after just one album.[11]

During that tour, at their concert in Rijeka on November 27, 1984,[12] Nele Karajli? declared, referring to an amplifier that had just broken down, "Crk'o Mar?al. Mislim na poja?alo." (transl. The Marshall croaked. I mean, the amplifier.), which was recognized as a pun on Marshal Tito's death, landing the band in trouble.[8] They were criticized by the media and a campaign against them resulted in the canceling of their concerts and the removal of Top lista nadrealista from the air.[13] The affair got attention of the Yugoslav Security Administration (UDBA), as well. They were rescued by some leading liberal intellectuals, and magazines such as Polet, Mladina and Slobodna Dalmacija, who raise their voices in the defense of the group members and that affair snaps without prison sentences.[12] Later, Sexon said that their amplifiers weren't even Marshall, and that it was a joke. [14]

In this atmosphere, the band recorded their second, double album Dok ?eka? sabah sa ?ejtanom[12] (transl. While waiting for the dawn with Satan) in the infamous SIM studio and released it in July 1985.[15] The album has received widespread acclaim from critics, but was boycotted by the media. Following promotional tour had extreme difficulties due to concern of the concert hosts and the enormous presence of the state police, as a reflection of the Marshall Affair.[8] Despite several top concerts such as at Pionir Hall in Belgrade, Poljud in Split or Dom Sportova in Zagreb, tens of thousands sold tickets, the tour had a rather disappointing conclusion as the following year ?eki Gayton and Mustafa ?engi? left the band in search of a more secure means of making a living. Mladen Miti? left in late 1986 after contributing to the development of the third album.[11]

The rest of the band was working on a subsequent album and slowly assembled a new band lineup, featured drummer Faris Arapovi? and guitarist Predrag Kova?evi? (a.k.a. Kova or Kowalski) and bassist Emir Kusturica. At the time, Kusturica was notable filmmaker who won the Palme d'Or at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film with the When Father Was Away on Business.[16] This refreshed lineup, in collaboration with some studio musicians such as bassist Dragan Bobi? and back-vocalists Dado D?ihan and Darko Ostoji?, released Pozdrav iz zemlje Safari (transl. Greetings from the Safari land) through Diskoton in 1987.[17] Diskoton censors had some objections and the song "Our Proposal for the Eurovision Song Contest" had to be renamed, since the song included comments on the depressed state of the economy and the lack of freedom of expression. The album again included a number of hit songs, such as "Pi?onja i ?uga", "Had?ija ili bos", "Fikreta", "Dan Republike", and returned the band to stardom. The album was recorded in Sarajevo and mixed in London, UK, while the record producer was Sven Rustempa?i?, a Seattle-based producer born in Sarajevo. The following tour, which included 87 concerts, was the largest Zabranjeno Pu?enje tour thus far and the band was by that time regarded as one of the Yugoslav rock powerhouse alongside Azra, Bijelo Dugme and Parni Valjak. In January 1988, the band received a gold record for 100,000 copies sold.[11]

In October 1988, the band released their fourth album Male pri?e o velikoj ljubavi (transl. The Little Stories About a Big Love).[18] The songs were mostly written and produced by Sejo Sexon. The album featured opera singer Sonja Milenkovi?, violinist Dejan Sparavalo and Goran Bregovi? as backing vocal and guitar player. The album was an average success. The band embarked on the tour with Bombaj ?tampa and the rest of Top lista nadrealista crew (those who didn't play in the band already). The tour (a combination of theatre and rock and roll, after an idea by Sejo Sexon) was a great success and regarded as the best tour of 1989 with around 60 concerts and more than 200,000 visitors.[11]

1990-1995: Band split and transitional period

Nele Karajli? and Sejo Sexon, the band's leading duo, were getting on increasingly colder terms and the Yugoslavia-wide tour with Bombaj ?tampa and Top lista nadrealista during early 1990, though hugely commercially successful, only exacerbated their fractured business and personal relationship.[12] The band broke up in late summer 1990 when Sejo Sexon informed Karajli? about no longer being interested in playing with him. Sejo Sexon, Darko Ostoji? and Faris Arapovi? left the band due to different views on the band vision more than the political differences in Yugoslav leadership in the late 1980s.[12] In that time, Sejo Sexon and Ostoji? worked on their solo record for Diskoton, but that studio album went unreleased due to the start of the Bosnian War.[19] Arapovi? joined the Sarajevo-based alternative rock band Sikter.[11]

In April 1992, the Bosnian War began. Nele Karajli? had fled to Belgrade and continued working under the name Nele Karajli? & Zabranjeno pu?enje, later better known as Emir Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra.[a] Sejo Sexon, alongside with Elvis J. Kurtovi?, Zenit ?ozi?, Boris ?iber and the band's album cover designer Sr?an Velimirovi?, remained in besieged Sarajevo, taking part in the wartime spinoff of Top lista nadrealista.[1] In late June 1992, Top lista nadrealista crew started to work on a 15-minute weekly radio shows. In August 1993, after 50 odd shows on radio, the group shot and aired four television episodes. Sejo Sexon produced a soundtrack for TV series and a theater play Top lista nadrealista.[19] After the Bosnian War Sejo Sexon moved to Zagreb, Croatia where he lived for some time. Later he came back to Sarajevo and together with Elvis J. Kurtovi?, who occasionally worked on the band's recordings, restored Zabranjeno pu?enje. After reunion of the band in 1996, Sejo Sexon and Elvis J. Kurovi? had more than 300 occasions where then performed live Top lista nadrealista across Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, Germany, Austria, Denmark, and Switzerland.[16] That tour was supported by the USAID office in Sarajevo.

1996-2001: New beginnings in the post-Yugoslav area

In 1996, Sejo Sexon and Elvis J. Kurovi? accompanied with members of the Top lista nadrealista pit orchestra such as Sejo Kovo, ?ani Pervan, Du?an Vrani?, and Samir ?eremida had become the core of the renewed band's lineup. During that time, the band works on their new studio album. The fifth album of Zabranjeno pu?enje Fild?an vi?ka (transl. A Cup to Spare) is released through Dallas Records and Nimfa Sound in 1997.[20] Sejo Sexon produced the album and wrote all songs with some help of Elvis J. Kurtovi?. Fild?an vi?ka was produced four singles; "Mo?e? imat' moje tijelo", "Mile Ha?i?ar", "Pubertet" and "Fild?an vi?ka". Music videos for those single are produced by the band members. Production know-how from Top lista nadrealista has proven to be valuable in recording music videos,[12] which were rated very well in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenia where the band performed regularly. Touring musicians were Sejo Sexon, Elvis J. Kurtovi?, Predrag Bobi?, Zoran Stojanovi?, Ned?ad Pod?i?, Marin Gradac, Bruno Urli? and Branko Trajkov, while Samir ?eramida and ?ani Pervan performed occasionally.[1] The same lineup released the first live album Hapsi sve! through Croatia Records and A Records in 1998. The songs are recorded over two nights at Dom Sportova, in Zagreb on July 10, 1997, and at the Metalac schoolyard in Sarajevo on September 25, 1997. In the same time, the band had two guest appearances of Rambo Amadeus at their concerts for the Fild?an vi?ka album promotion in Sarajevo. Those appearances were the first post-war performance by a Serbian-Montenegrin artist to the Bosnian Federation. In early 1997, Dario Vitez became executive producer, public relations manager and tour manager of the band.[1]

The writing and formation of the band's next album, Agent tajne sile (transl. A Secret Force Agent) began immediately following the culmination of the promotional tour for Fild?an vi?ka, in the start of 1999, at the Bjelolasica Olympic Centre in Gorski kotar, Croatia. The album was recorded in Rent-A-Cow Studio in Amsterdam, the Netherlands in March 1999 and produced by Sejo Sexon and Zlaja Jeff Had?i?. Agent tajne sile is released in June 1999[21] through TLN-Europa, an independent record label founded and own by Sejo Sexon. The record produced four singles; "Pos'o, ku?a, birtija", "Agent tajne sile", "Jugo 45" and "Pupoljak". The record's third single, "Jugo 45", was the band's fastest-selling single, debuting on top of the Bosnian and Croatian charts. The band began another tour in support of Agent tajne sile in 1999, beginning with promotional concerts in Bosnia and Croatia with the touring lineup: Sejo Sexon, Marin Gradac, Elvis J. Kurtovi?, Predrag Bobi?, Bruno Urli?, Dragomir Herendi?, and Branko Trajkov. In a short while, Marin Gradac and Elvis J. Kurtovi? chose to leave the group due to other commitments. Gradac went to finish Sarajevo Music Academy and joined Radio Sarajevo Orchestra, while Elvis J. Kurtovi? began writing his solo album.[22]

In early 2000, the band came back to the Bjelolasica Olympic Centre to work on the band's seventh album. In the meantime, the band got a new member; world-class percussionist Albin Jari?, better known as Jimi Rasta, who worked previously with musicians such as Dave Stewart and Eric Clapton.[22]Bog vozi Mercedes (transl. God drives a Mercedes) was record by home made production in improvised studios in Bjelolasica and Ivani? Grad from March to June 2001. This record was planned to be a noncommercial break from the major music projects. No one expected that it would become one of the most selling Zabranjeno pu?enje albums. The album is released in December 2001 through TLN-Europa and Menart Records, and went on to sell more than 35,000 copies. Sejo Sexon wrote and produced four music videos, out of six released.[19] For the song "Arizona Dream" the band won the 2002 Davorin Award for the best rock song.[23] The concert tour by the band in support of their seventh studio album had 250 concerts.

In 2001, the band members took a part in a social responsibility project in which they organized music workshops for children and youth who were victims of land mines.[24][25] Project was supported by embassies of Canada, Norway and the U.S. in Zagreb.[1]

2002-2011: Continued success

In 2002, the band went on the North American tour. On May 26, they had recorded the band's second live album at the Casa Loma Ballroom in St. Louis, Missouri.[26] In 2004, the band released Live in St. Louis.[27] This live album featured two new music videos, "Zenica Blues" and "Posljednja oaza (Fikreta)". They made the video for their 1980s hit Zenica Blues following the 20th Anniversary of the song's release. The video was shot in the Zenica prison. In 2003, Zabranjeno pu?enje was awarded for their outstanding live performance on the Baar?ija Nights festival in Sarajevo.[1] During 2004, Albin Jari?, Bruno Urli? and Dragomir Herendi? left the group due to other commitments. Jari? devotes himself to family life in Kranj, Slovenia. Herendi? completed his own studio in Ivani? Grad and get focused on his production career. Urli? took over band-leadership of the Macedonian folk band Ezerki & 7/8 from Zagreb.[28] and started his studio music and production career.

In a short period without guitarists and violinists, Sejo Sexon, Trajkov, and Bobi? began the writing and formation on sketches of something that will evolve in three years to the double-full-length studio album. In a short period of time, violinist Robert Boldi?ar and guitarist Toni Lovi? joined in.[1] Boldi?ar was touring musician in 1997, while the band's violinist Urli? was on leave to Paris, France. The new lineup immediately began to wrap up music for the next album and went on a short tour. Meanwhile, keyboardist Paul Kempf step in the empty seat. In 2005, right after record producer Denis Mujad?i? (a.k.a. Denyken) joined the record project, Sejo Sexon got the opportunity to write a film score for the 2006 Bosnian action comedy film Nafaka directed by Jasmin Durakovi?.[22] On that project he got an opportunity to collaborate with prominent musicians of different genres, such as: Halid Be?li?, Arsen Dedi?, Lucija ?erbed?ija, and the Mosque Choir Arabeske. On June 26, 2006, the song "Nema vi?e", the first single from their upcoming album and Nafaka Soundtrack as well, was released and became a hit single. Sejo Sexon wrote this song with a Bosnian prose writer and playwright Nenad Veli?kovi?. On November 16, 2006, the band released their eighth studio album Hodi da ti ?iko ne?to da![29] (transl. Come, Uncle Wants to Give You Something),[30] their first double album since Dok ?eka? sabah sa ?ejtanom (1985).

Although the concert tour was truly enviable as in the time before, the period after the 2006 album release, next to the Australian Tour and the concerts in Paris and London, brought two great disappointments to the band, cancellations of the significant concerts in Belgrade and Sarajevo. At the first, there was a cancellation of the Sarajevo Concert as a result of the voracity of the Sarajevo Film Festival Board, who managed to redirect the concert's sponsorships to the Festival's budget.[8][31] Next hit was wresting the 29 November Concert in Belgrade by former band members settled in Belgrade and gathered around The No Smoking Orchestra. The band had the Day of the Republic project in which 29 November should become the traditional concert date for Belgrade fans.[31]

In September 2008, a longtime bassist Predrag Bobi? left the bend after a farewell concert at Zagreb's lake Bundek.[32] Afterwards, guitarist Dejan Ore?kovi?, former bassist of Divlje jagode, joined the group and played on their subsequent album.[33]

The ninth studio album Muzej revolucije[34] (transl. The Museum of the Revolution) is released on November 7, 2009, on the 92nd anniversary of the October Revolution.[35][36] The album is released on the same day through various record labels in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia.[37] The record produced five singles; "Modni Guru", "Kladimo se", "Kada Sena ple?e", "Tvoja bosa stopala" and "Samir-time". In 2011, Sejo Sexon directed a music video for the third single of Muzej revolucije, entitled "Kada Sena ple?e". It was his directorial debut.[38] Also, he wrote the script for the same music video. On June 25, 2012, the band released the video for "Samir-time", the fifth and last single of Muzej revolucije.[39][40]

2012-present: Tenth studio album and recent years

In 2012, Sejo Sexon and Toni Lovi? entered the studio to begin writing for their tenth studio album. On October 10, 2013, Radovi na cesti[41] (transl. Road Work) was released through Croatia Records and Dallas Records.[42][43][44] The album was met with mostly positive reviews from the critics. The record produced six singles; "Bo?ko i Admira", "Ti voli? sapunice", "Tri kile, tri godine", "U Tvoje ime", "Klasa optimist" and "Kafana kod Keke".

On December 28, 2013, Sejo Sexon and Zabranjeno pu?enje celebrated 30th Anniversary of the band with their fans on a concert in Skenderija, Sarajevo.[45][46] In January 2016, saxophonist and flautist Lana ?krgati? joined the band.[47] As a new band member, she appeared for the first time in the 2016 music video for the fifth Radovi na cesti single "Klasa optimist".[48] Keyboardist Paul Kempf left the band in early 2017. The band appeared on two biggest Serbian music festivals in 2017, they performed live at the EXIT Summer of Love 2017[49][50] in Novi Sad, and at the Belgrade Beer Fest.[51]

On October 31, 2018, the band released their eleventh studio album ?ok i nevjerica (transl. Shock and Disbelief). The songs were mostly written and produced by Sejo Sexon and Toni Lovi?. The album featured Bosnian rapper Sassja and Bosnian singer and composer Damir Imamovi?.[52][53][54] In November 2019, Lana ?krgati? parted ways with the band to join a female music band.[55]

Musical style

In the early 1980s, when the rest of the Yugoslav popular music scene followed the trends in Europe of the early 1980s, chiefly punk rock and new wave, Zabranjeno Pu?enje were part of a unique rock movement centered in Sarajevo that forged its own path. This movement, for the most part, centered on simple, youthful, garage rock, with folk influences and a distinctive Sarajevo urban feel called New Primitivism.[8]

The songs range from punk rock to rock, frequently arranged to feature trumpets and saxophones, adding to the band's unique sound, along with many samples and soundbites from the period. Zabranjeno Pu?enje captured the feel of Sarajevo, its idols and local heroes along with tales of love and loss, in a distinctive and often humorous way. Very visual and cynical, the band's lyrics were progressive enough to show the last stages of Yugoslav socialism (songs "Dan republike", "Srce ruke i lopata", "Abid", "Guzonjin sin"), alternate clubs ("Pi?onja i ?uga u paklu droge", "Javi mi"), as well as providing morbid hints for the Yugoslav Wars ("Kanjon Drine", "Zvijezda nad Balkanom").



Source: Zabranjeno Pu?enje



Awards and nominations

Year Nominated work Category Award Result Notes Ref.
2002 "Arizona Dream" Best Rock Song Davorin Awards Won Bog vozi Mercedes [58]
Bog vozi Mercedes Best Album Cover Design Davorin Awards Won Dario Vitez & Sr?an Velimirovi? [58]
2003 Best Artist Website Design Davorin Awards Won Dario Vitez [59]
Zabranjeno pu?enje Outstanding Live Performance Baar?ija Nights Won [1]
2004 20th Debut Album's Anniversary Honorary Award "50 Years of Popular Music" Davorin Awards Won [60]
2005 Live In St. Louis Best Live Album Davorin Awards Won [61]
2007 Hodi da ti ?iko ne?to da Rock Album of the Year Davorin Awards Nominated [62]
"Dobro dvori?te" Rock Song of the Year Davorin Awards Nominated Hodi da ti ?iko ne?to da [62]
Rock Music Video of the Year Davorin Awards Nominated Hodi da ti ?iko ne?to da [62]
"Nema vi?e" Rock Song of the Year Davorin Awards Nominated Hodi da ti ?iko ne?to da [62]
Rock Music Video of the Year Davorin Awards Nominated Hodi da ti ?iko ne?to da [62]
Zabranjeno pu?enje Rock Performer of the Year Davorin Awards Won [62]
Sejo Sexon Best Male Singer Davorin Awards Nominated [62]
Zabranjeno pu?enje & Arsen Dedi? Collaboration of the Year Davorin Awards Nominated [62]
Toni Lovi? Best Pop/Rock/Urban Guitarist Status Awards Nominated [63]
2010 Dejan Ore?kovi? Best Pop/Rock/Urban Bassist Status Awards Nominated [64]
Robert Boldi?ar Best Pop/Rock/Urban Violinist[b] Status Awards Nominated [65]
2015 Dejan Ore?kovi? Best Pop/Rock/Urban Bassist Status Awards Nominated [66]
2017 Toni Lovi? Best Guitarist Mega Muzika Fender Awards Won [67][68]
Zabranjeno pu?enje Best Band Mega Muzika Fender Awards Won [67][68]


Studio albums

See also



  1. ^ For a few years during mid-to-late 1990s, two parallel bands named Zabranjeno Pu?enje existed. In early 1999, Nele Karajli? hooked up with filmmaker Emir Kusturica, himself former member of Zabranjeno Pu?enje in mid-1980s, and they modified the name of Nele Karajli?'s band to The No Smoking Orchestra. Playing off of Kusturica's popularity and high profile, the band was occasionally billed as Emir Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra.
  2. ^ Category include all performers on other musical instruments besides guitars, drums, keyboards and winds.


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