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After the end of the conflicts and especially later, after the departure of the nationalist leaders such as Slobodan Milošević and Franjo Tuđman, the former Yugoslav nations started to normalise their relations. Thus their music scenes could freely restore their former cooperation. Many of the former pop and rock star re-emerged and toured the former Yugoslav countries: Bijelo Dugme, Leb i Sol, Crvena Jabuka, Plavi Orkestar, Massimo Savić and Boris Novković formerly of Boris i Noćna Straža. Bijelo Dugme’s member Goran Bregovic also has a highly succesfull international career.Macedonian singer Toše Proeski rose to fame in the early 00's with a duet with Anja Rupel. He started a promising career which got a premature end in 2007 due to a car accident.

Following the reconciliation of Serbia and Croatia, also Jura Stublić came for a concert in Belgrade in 2003. Asked by the media about E, moj druže Zagrebački case, Bora Đorđević replied that it was just a joke. He also expressed approbation for the Jura Stublić's comeback to Belgrade after so many years. In 2003 Igor Mirković from Croatia made the rockumentary Sretno dijete (Happy Child) named after a song by Prljavo Kazalište.

Current notable acts in the former Yugoslav countries include: from Croatia, the pop artists such as Nina Badric, Petar Grašo, Goran Karan (whose style mixes with Dalmatian folk) and Gibonni (the former vocalist of the ex-Yugoslav heavy metal group Osmi Putnik); the alternative act Let 3 and the punk band Hladno Pivo; from Slovenia; Siddharta, Atomik Harmonik (ska meets turbo folk) and Borghesia. Halfway the new millenium Slovenia also sees a tsunami in female light pop singers like Saska Lendero, Rebeka Dremelj, Karmen Stavec, Neisha and Pika Bozic.

From the Republic of Macedonia come the pop stars Toše Proeski and Karolina Gočeva; the ska-punk attraction Superhiks and the electronic musician Kiril Džajkovski; in Serbia: Atheist Rap, Eyesburn, Van Gogh and Obojeni Program; from Bosnia and Herzegovina, the hip hop artists Edo Maajka and Frenkie, alternative/dub band Dubioza Kolektiv, metal acts such as Irina & Storm etc. Many of the former SFR Yugoslav acts still exist or re-emerged recently.

In Serbia singer.composer Željko Joksimović entered the scene at the start of the millenium creating a counterwheight to the hyperactive Turbofolk with more pop/folk orientated quality music. In 2007 Serbia won the Eurovision song contest with the song Molitva sung by Marija Šerifović. Serbian singer (and fashion designer) Jelena Karleusa shunned away from the Turbo-folk genre and focussed more on electronic dance-pop, with much succes. Her place was taken by a younger throw of turbo-folk performers including Seka Aleksić, Ceca Ražnatović and Dragana Mirković. More serious Serbian pop music is made by Željko Joksimović, Aleksandra Kovač, Ana Stanić, and Jelena Tomašević.

 

 




 

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