Ruja was one of the foremost Estonian rock bands of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Band's name comes from a neologism "ruja", for fantasy, though there are people who believe that "ruja" is actually made up of the first letters of the band's important members (R - Rein Rannap, U - Urmas Alender, J - Jaanus Nõgisto and A - Andrus Vaht) The band released their first and self-titled album in 1979. Many of the original melodies of Ruja were composed by Rein Rannap.

The band was created by Rein Rannap in 1971, who, while in the 11th grade, was searching for additional band members. On the first meeting, Ruja's 3 first members were Rein Rannap, Urmas Alender and Andrus Vaht.

On September 28, 1994, the band's lead singer, Urmas Alender, died in the disaster that sank the car and passenger ferry M/S Estonia. After Alender's funeral concert a couple of weeks later, the remaining members of the band decided never to perform under the name of "Ruja" again.


Ruja Discography Tracks


Ruja Ruja (Album) Мелодия USSR 1982 Sell This Version
C60 26417 005 Ruja Kivi Veereb(LP, Album) Мелодия C60 26417 005 USSR 1987 Sell This Version
Руя* Пусть Будет Все (Album) Мелодия USSR 1989 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Ruja Põhi, Lõuna, Ida, Lääs... Мелодия USSR 1979 Sell This Version


FD 0014/2 Ruja Must Lind(CD, Comp, jew) Forte FD 0014/2 Estonia 1994 Sell This Version
474-0447-10172-9 Ruja Need Ei Vaata Tagasi... Osa 2(3xCD, Comp) Hyper.Elwood 474-0447-10172-9 Estonia 1999 Sell This Version
474-0447-10162-0 Ruja Need Ei Vaata Tagasi... Osa 1(2xCD, Comp) Hyper.Elwood 474-0447-10162-0 Estonia 1999 Sell This Version
001 Ruja Põhi, Lõuna, Ida, Lääs...(2xLP, Album, Comp, Num + CD) Vaiguviiul 001 Estonia 2017 Sell This Version


lt.13 Ruja R/u/j/avisioon(VHS, Comp) Eesti TV lt.13 Estonia 1999 Sell This Version
none Ruja Eesti Muld Ja Eesti Ruja(3xDVD-V) Sterotek Film none Estonia 2017 Sell This Version