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Branislav Lala Kovacev (1939-2012) was a Yugoslavian-Serbian jazz musician, drummer, bandleader and composer. He was a founding member and leader of the European Jazz Consensus, the International Jazz Consensus and the Lala Kovacev Group, where he developed a unique fusion style blending traditional Balkan folk music and it's complex rhythms with jazz. His 1982 album, "Balkan Impressions" highlighted Lala Kovacev's importance to the history of Balkan Ethno Jazz and his contribution to the origins of the World music genre. In February 1983, album was acknowledged by a legendary jazz producer and broadcaster on the Voice of America, Willis Conover and one whole episode of “Jazz Hour” show was devoted to "Balkan Impressions" of Lala Kovacev.

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