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Probably one of the most enjoyable Eurovision Track Competition winners in the competition’s whole background, Riva was an unabashed pop music group from Croatia, who also represented the then-unified Yugoslavia in the 1989 Eurovision finals. A five-piece fronted from the effervescent Emilija Kokic, the music group created in Zadar, Croatia in 1988, having a lineup of Zvonimir Zrilic (acoustic guitar) Bosko Colic (drums), Nenad Nakic (bass) and Dalibor Musa (keyboards). They produced an instantaneous splash at that year’s Zagrebfest track contest and, the next year, “Rock and roll Me” required Eurovision by surprise. International attention adopted, with the music group even appearing on the Distant Accord honours in Nashville afterwards in the entire year. But Riva had been never to follow-up the success in the worldwide stage. One record, entitled for the strike and having a stupendous dance remix from the name track, followed afterwards in the entire year, but Riva even so split up in 1991.

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