Azra was a rock band that was popular across Yugoslavia in the 1980s. Azra was formed in 1977 by its frontman Branimir "Johnny" Štulić. The other two members of the original line-up were Mišo Hrnjak ( bass) and Boris Leiner ( drums). The band is named after a verse from "Der Asra" by Heinrich Heine. They are considered to be one of the most influential bands from the former Yugoslav new wave rock era and the Yugoslav Rock scene in general.
They released their first single in 1979 with songs "Balkan" and "A šta da radim". The first album named Azra was published in 1980 and achieved commercial success and popularized Azra in former Yugoslavia. Second album Azra released in 1981. Azra recorded its last studio album Između krajnosti (Between the Extremes) in 1987. In 1988 the band recorded 4LP live album under the name Zadovoljština (Satisfaction), after which Štulić disbanded the band. Štulić recorded three more solo albums since moving to Netherlands, where he currently lives in seclusion. A 2003 rock documentary, Sretno dijete depicts Azra as the locus of the rock scene in the former Yugoslavia during the 1980s, along with Bijelo dugme. Even today, Azra remains very popular among youth in the countries of former Yugoslavia.
In 1998, the music critics compiled a list of 100 best albums of Yugoslav pop and rock music. Five Azra albums were included, three of them in top 10. On the Radio B92's list of 100 greatest songs of former Yugoslavia, four Azra songs were included, all of them in top 20.
Azra (1889–1909) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse. He was bred in Kentucky by George J. Long and raced under the colors of his Bashford Manor Stable. His sire was Reform, a son of the very important sire Leamington. Azra was out of the mare Albia whose sire, Alarm, also sired Himyar.
Trained by John H. Morris, Azra's regular jockey was Alonzo Clayton. At age two, he won one of the important races for his age group, the Champagne Stakes. At age three, Azra won the Kentucky Derby in a race against just two other horses then went on to win the Clark Handicap and the Travers Stakes.
Azra was not successful at stud and died in 1909 at the age of 20 years at Bashford Manor Stable.
Azra is a given name. Notable people with the name include:
- Azra Akın, Dutch-Turkish beauty pageant titleholder
- Azra Duliman, Miss Sweden of 2009
- Azra Erhat, Turkish author
- Azra Jafari, Afghan politician
- Azra Kolaković, real name of Donna Ares, Bosniak folk singer
- Azra Sherwani, Pakistani film actor
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Azra may refer to:
- Azra, Croatian rock band
- Azra District, district of Logar Province, Afghanistan
- Azra District, district in Kersewan, Lebanon
- Azra (horse), American thoroughbred racehorse
- Azra (name), Female given name
- Azra (magazine), a women's magazine in Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Izra, a city in southern Syria
Azra is the debut album of the Yugoslav/ Croatian rock band Azra, released through Jugoton in 1980.