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Milan Mladenović (September 21, 1958 – November 5, 1994) was a Yugoslavian musician best known as the frontman of the Yugoslav art rock band Ekatarina Velika.

Milan’s first years were spent in Zagreb (Croatia). When he was six, Milan’s family moved to Sarajevo (Bih) where he spent a notable part of his childhood. Eventually in 1970, they moved to Belgrade (Serbia) just short of his 12th birthday. Once in Belgrade, Milan attended the Eleventh Belgrade Gymnasium in Lekino Brdo neighbourhood while simultaneously entering the circle of young people involved with music and arts.

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Limunovo Drvo and Šarlo Akrobata

With schoolmate Gagi Mihajlović, Mladenović formed a band called Limunovo drvo (Lemon Tree) that dabbled in melodic hard rock. The group changed lineups frequently, displaying a pretty limited creative potential until the arrival of bassist Dušan Kojić Koja and drummer Ivan Vdović Vd. Soon afterwards, they adopted a new musical direction and changed the name to Šarlo akrobata. During this time Milan was musically very much fond of and inspired by Elvis Costello, Paul Weller, and Andy Partridge of XTC.

Šarlo akrobata released only one album, Bistriji ili tuplji čovek biva kad... in July 1981 and broke up soon afterward due to creative differences between Milan and Koja. The record is considered to be one of the best and most important albums of the Yugoslav new wave music scene.

Šarlo Akrobata – Bistriji ili tuplji čovek biva kad… (LP 1981)

Katarina II and Ekatarina Velika

In late 1981 Milan and his former bandmate from Limunovo drvo Gagi Mihajlović (guitar) hooked up again to form Katarina II. In 1982 Margita Stefanović (keyboards),Bojan Pečar (bass) and Ivan Vdović Vd joined the band. After the self-titled, new wave coloured debut album, Vd and Gagi left the band. Since Gagi claimed ownership of the “Katarina II” name, the band was forced to take another one. They eventually settled on Ekatarina Velika and released a self-titled album in 1985. The album was widely critically acclaimed and brought them wider attention. Their next album S’ vetrom uz lice launched them to the very top of the Yugoslav music scene, where they stayed for a long time, releasing a series of successful records. The concerts were jam packed and finally their music even made it on the state radio.

Ekaterina Velika – Par godina za nas

Ekaterina Velika – Ti si sav moj bol

Ekaterina Velika – Krug

Ekaterina Velika – Modro i zeleno

Final works

In 1992, Mladenović joined other Serbian musicians to form Rimtutituki project dedicated to the anti-war campaign. They released one single titled “Slušaj ‘vamo”. In the spring of 1994, Mladenović recorded and released an album called Angel’s Breath in Brazil together with his old friend Suba (Mitar Subotić).

Milan Mladenovic – Angels breath

Interview with Milan Mladenovic

Death

In August 1994, Mladenović discovered that he had pancreatic cancer. He died on November 5 in Belgrade, FR Yugoslavia and was buried at Novo groblje cemetery.

Legacy

Two streets in the capital cities of former Yugoslav republics bear Mladenović’s name. A street in the Belgrade neighborhood Zemun Polje was named after him in 2004, as well as a street in the Podgorica neighborhood Zabjelo in 2007.

Since July 14, 2011, the forecourt of the Belgrade Youth Center bears the name “Milan Mladenović Place”.

On October 25, 2012, in Zagreb (Croatia), one street was named after Milan Mladenović.

EKV – Kao da je bilo nekad (Documentary film about Ekaterina Velika, directed by Dušan Vesić)

Studio discography

With Šarlo Akrobata

With Katarina II/Ekatarina Velika

With Angel’s Breath

KAO DA JE BILO NEKAD (2002) – TRIBUTE ALBUM DEDICATED TO MILAN MLADENOVIC

PLAYLIST:

01. Zemlja (Crni zub)
02. Zajedno (Partibrejkers)
03. Jesen (D. Topić)
04. Idemo (Jarboli)
05. Geto (Darkwood dub)
06. Krug (El. orgazam)
07. O, o, o – Šarlo (Novembar)
08. Ti si sav moj bol (Night shift)
09. Soba (Block out)
10. Ona se budi – Šarlo (D. Rundek)
11. Anestezija (Miško, Franklin & Trkulja)
12. Radostan dan (V. Divljan)
13. Novac u rukama (Del Arno band)
14. Problem – Šarlo (Vroom)
15. Iznad grada (T. Jovičević)