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Azra was a rock band from Zagreb, Croatia that was popular across former Yugoslavia in the 1980s. Azra was formed in 1977 by its frontman Branimir "Johnny" Å tuliÄ. Other two members were MiÅ¡o Hrnjak and Boris Leiner. Azra was named after a verse "Ja se zovem El Muhamed/Iz plemena starih Azra" (trans. "My name is El Muhamed/From tribe of old Azra") from a sevdalinka "Kraj tanahna Å¡adrvana", which is a translation of Heinrich Heine's song Der Asra. They are considered to be one of the most influential bands from the New Wave era in the former Yugoslavia.

They released their first single in 1979 with songs "Balkan" and "A Å¡ta da radim". The first album named "Azra" and published in 1980 achieved commercial success and popularized Azra in former Yugoslavia. Azra recorded its last studio album "Izmedju krajnosti" in 1987. In 1988 the band recorded 4LP live album under the name ZadovoljÅ¡tina (Satisfaction), after which Å tuliÄ disbanded the band.

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