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20 years ago, the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia began its breakup culminating in the eventual independence of all its former member republics, most of which have joined Eurovision as independent countries.

Within Eurovision, Yugoslavia, as a Communist country that looked West while many of its neighbours looked East, provided an eternal glimpse that we would all eventually live in harmony regardless of politics.

Starting out with Lola Novakovic‘s sophisticated 1962 ballad, going through the subtly shocking 1974 progressive rock entry by the Korni group, and culminating in 1991’s possibly defiant, but undeniably distinct, Brasil.

English: A general map of Socialist federal re...

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This the Yugoslav Eurovision story as seen by Bell & Freeman.

 

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