What to know about this blog.

In this blog, I will be posting about ex-yu, hispanic, and english music.

I will post the songs, translate the lyrics, talk about the lyrics, talk about the sound, the influences, the artist’s background and their cultural significance; as well as branch off into other aspects of culture too.

There will be a variety of genres, but my favorite genre from all three cultures is alternative rock from the 80s’ so I might be biased towards that. 😀 The kind of alternative rock I like includes mostly new wave and punk. However, I also like some ex-yu folk music, some Roma music, some 70s’ and 60s’, and some of the pop from the 90s’ and 2000s’.

Overall, it will provide a holistic view into the music from these various cultures, how it affects and reflects their culture. As well as making comparisons and contrasts between the various cultures. I’m more familiar with ex-yu’s music scene and a little less familiar with hispanic and english music, but I will strive towards an equal representation and work on discovering more.

Now, what does “ex-yu” mean? A lot of people are unfamiliar with that term. And what does the title of this blog mean?O.o

Ex-Yu is short for “Ex-Yugoslavia”. This refers to the past country and the present day area of its split-up states; Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, and Macedonia. Each area has its own flavor, but there is a shared collective culture among the states even today. Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian are all the same language. It would be like dividing American English, British English, and Australian English into three completely separate languages when they’re all just dialects of English. O.o

But whatever, it makes me look like I know four languages fluently at times, so that’s cool. 🙂

I will be just calling it Serbo-Croatian in this blog to make things easier and to avoid typing out (S/C/B) or (C/S/B) or (B/S/C) or… . Now, to give a brief timeline that might help understand where things were are at when we get into the 90s’ music: Anything before 1992 is pre-split, 1992-1996 is the main wartime although there were skirmishes prior and post, and post-1996 is post-split. At least I consider it this way.

Okay, now to explain my title: Muziku Na Struyu…

It comes from Bajaga’s 1993 song “Kada moju usi cuju muziku na struju, tad moje srce bije u ritmu melodije…” The theme of the song is overall an appreciation of music, so I felt it was fitting for a music blog. Then “Muziku na struju” when translated literally means “Music on electricity” so like, conveyed electrically. I’m sure that Bayaga meant more so about music from synthesizers and the electric guitar, or maybe the radio. But I find it fitting for music conveyed electrically like over the internet in this case, so it works well. 😀 And then I changed the j to a y, to make it easier to pronounce and for it to reflect ex-yu by ending in yu. 🙂 Plus, in the url, I can see the word “una” so it’s spectacular because then it includes Spanish as well. And then it starts with muziku, so it makes the message clear that it’s a music blog.

Now, this is important for pronunciation or else a lot of these singers’ names will sound ugly to you. Notice my switching of the j and the y like in Bajaga/Bayaga for instance?^ it’s because all j’s sound like y’s in Serbo-Croatian. We don’t have the letter “y” in our alphabet, “j” makes that sound. Even Yugoslavia called its self Jugoslavia, but is written with a Y in English to prevent “Jug-o-Slavia” because that would be catastrophic and inaccurate pronunciation. 😀

I hope that covered some key points. If you have any questions or want clarification, feel free to ask, whether it be in the comments or messaging me. I also hope I did not offend anybody unintentionally, Yugoslavia can be a touchy topic and there’s many different perspectives and different points of view about it. I’m just a teenage girl from the diaspora and did not live in Yugoslavia. I just grew up with the culture from my parents because they did. I also may be biased from my own ethnic background and life experience. Just know that I mean no harm or insult at all. I have nothing against the other ethnicities at all. I find them all unique and interesting in fact, and have great personal sorrow for what happened. I just wish for no more wars, and respect and peace among everyone. ❤

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