Music from Romania – Taraf de Haidouks

Taraf de Haïdouks are a Romanian gypsy combo consisting of 13 Roma musicians. These are from the 3000-strong community Clejani in the middle of the historical region of Wallachia in Romania’s south-east, about 40 km south of Bucharest, near the Bulgarian border.

The name of the combo goes back to Taraf (= band) and Hajdú (Heiducken a people  fighting for freedom ) , just so: Hajdú-orchestra.

The music is a combination of diferent influences of Balkan and Gypsy Music from Romania , former Yougoslavia Bulgaria mixed with components of oriental music from Turkey and Greece:

In 2002 the world famous violonist and head of the band Nicolae Neacsu, born 1924 died .

45 minutes of Gypsy Power Music

Music from Romania – Phoenix

Transsylvania Phoenix, but usually only called Phoenix, is a Romanian band. The members consist of Nicu Covaci, Josef Kappl, Mircea Baniciu, Ovidiu Lipan, Mani Neumann, Cristi Gram and Ionuţ Cons. The romanian answer to “Jethro Tull ” . And a really curious story behind: Frontman Covaci 1974 went into exile in Amsterdam and renounced Romanian citizenship. In 1977, he helps his bandmates to seek refuge in “Marshall” speakers from Romania to German exile. Here is their song : Norocul inogului (part in french and in romanian language )

Monoceros est beste,
un cor at en la teste.
Pur ço issi at nun,
de bouquet at façon.

Par une pulcele est prise,
or oyez en quelle guise.

De o copilă e prins,
Inorogul prinţ,
De o copilă e prins,
Licornul prinţ.

Ea cu sânii în floare şi dulce,
mi-l adastă ca pe un stăpân.
El aleargă-ntr-un suflet să-şi culce,
mândrul cap pe-al ei galeş sân.

Capu-n poala ei bine nu-şi pune,
că-mi adoarme ca un prunc.
Vânătorul atunci îl răpune,
mi-l răpune în veşted crâng.

Aşa-i ucis în somn,
Inorogul domn!
Aşa-i ucis în somn,
Licornul domn!

En son devan se dort
issi vient a sa mort.
En son devan se dort
issi vient a sa mort.




Music from Poland – Dikanda

The group was founded in 1997 in Szczecin, Poland. Passion for the traditional music and hard work let them create their own style and original sound.
Their acoustic songs have been inspired wholly by Oriental culture, Balkan folklore — Macedonian and Romanian. Typical Dikanda’s style is creation of new words and meanings in composed songs.
Dikanda in one of the African’s dialects stands for family. This is directly connected with the group’s spirit — they live and work as if it was a small, loving family.
They have played in India, Greece, and Russia and at the Montreux Jazz Festival. They achieved their popularity and great sympathy audience in many western-European countries (particularly in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy).

Music from Romania – Mandinga

Mandinga, formed in 2002, is a romanian latin-pop and dance band.

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Eurovision Song Contest: Romania – Mandinga

Today, Romania’s candidate for Baku: Mandinga, a pop band with cuban and romanian members. Here’s their song “Zalilah“:

Listen to all the other songs for Baku 2012: