news 18 Oct 12

Zagreb to Name Street After Belgrade Rocker

After Belgrade and Podgorica, Zagreb is the third Balkan capital to name a street after late Milan Mladenovic, the front man of the Belgrade eighties rock band "Ekatarina Velika" and an anti war activist.

Boris Pavelic
Zagreb

On October 25, a street in the Zagreb neighbourhood of Jakusevac will be named after Mladenovic, the president of the committee in charge of naming Zagreb’s streets, Marin Knezovic, confirmed to the Croatian newspapers Novi List.

Mladenovic will be in a good company. Since Zagreb has the decades long tradition of naming streets thematically, the whole neighbourhood will be named after musicians, including the jazz composer and performer, Bosko Petrovic, the rock singer Karlo Metikos, the front man of Pula's "Atomsko Skloniste" Sergio Blazic Djoser, and the lead singer of  "Animatori" Kresimir Blazevic.

This would not be the first time the streets of former Yugoslav cities bear Mladenovic's name – one street and one square in Belgrade are already named after Mladenovic, as well as a street in the Montenegrin capital Podgorica.

A charismatic person, Zagreb-born Mladenovic was the idol of youth in former Yugoslavia.  

He was also known for his anti war activism.  When the Balkan wars started in the 1990s, he helped create the Serbian antiwar project Rimtuki Tuki with members of two other cult bands, Electricni Orgazam and Partibrejkers.

Mladenovic died of cancer on November 5, 1994, at the age of 36.

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