“ ‘Yugo-rock’ may not be the most accurate term musically or politically, but refers to the prog-rock & jazz-rock in and around the Balkan region from the 1960s through to the 1980s, grouping all of the countries in the former Yugoslavia (Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina), as well as Albania. The music is uniquely for its flair for melodic bass lines, madly complex and odd-time percussion, avante-garde compositions & arrangements, and the subtle infusion of Balkan-folk music and rhythms.
Compared to other Communist nations at the time, Yugoslavia had a more open policy regarding music, arts and culture from outside nations. The region’s musical development was sparked by the energy of 1960s beat music, though the influence of funk and soul in this developmental period is minimal, since except for a few re-pressings of hit records, the style failed to find an audience. The few local acts not inspired heavily by the likes of Led Zeppelin lent more towards prog-rock acts “