Croatian Band Aid .:. Moja Domovina

Moja domovina (“My Homeland”) is a Croatian patriotic song originally recorded in 1991 as a charity single by a supergroup called “Croatian Band Aid” (Hrvatski Band Aid) featuring a number of prominent local musicians from all musical genres. The song was arranged by Nikša Bratoš while the music was composed by Damir Lipošek, Vedran Božić and Husein Hasanefendić. The song was released in the initial stages of the Croatian War of Independence.

The full list of involved singers included: Doris Dragović, Oliver Dragojević, Jasna Zlokić, Danijela Martinović, Sanja Doležal, Meri Cetinić, Dino Dvornik, Aki Rahimovski, Matko Jelavić, Emilija Kokić, Severina Vučković, Arsen Dedić, Zorica Kondža, Boris Novković, Jasmin Stavros, Ivo Amulić, Vlado Kalember, Krunoslav Slabinac, Ivo Robić, Gabi Novak, Tereza Kesovija, Tajči, Josipa Lisac, Zvonko Špišić, Dragutin Mlinarec, Đuka Čaić, Zdravko Škender, Ivica Šerfezi, Ljupka Dimitrovska, Dalibor Brun, Milo Hrnić, Mišo Kovač, Davor Gobac, Stanko Šarić, Zdenka Vučković, Jura Stublić, Mladen Bodalec, and Ljiljana Nikolovska.

Apart from its humanitarian purpose, the group was significant in that it marked the beginning of an independent Croatian music scene. Among those rock groups who adopted a firm Croatian identity and participated in the single were Film, Novi fosili, Magazin, Parni Valjak, Psihomodo Pop and Prljavo Kazalište.

Although more than two decades have now passed since the song was first aired, its popularity hasn’t diminished through the years. During the Croatian War of Independence it was often played to boost moral either among the soldiers on the battlefield or the civilians in their shelters. In recent times the song is usually sung during all important sport events and represents a symbol of unity and pride. According to numerous surveys, “Moja domovina” is the most popular patriotic song among Croatian citizens ever written.

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