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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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Romania is a European country whose population consists mainly (approx. 90%) of ethnic Romanians, as well as a variety of minorities such as German, Hungarian and Roma (Gypsy) populations. This has resulted in a multicultural environment which includes active ethnic music scenes. Romania also has thriving scenes in the fields of pop music, hip hop, heavy metal and rock and roll. During the first decade of the 21st century some Europop groups, such as Morandi, Akcent, and Yarabi, achieved success abroad. Traditional Romanian folk music (sometimes performed by tarafs, or bands of Gypsy musicians) remains popular, and some folk musicians have come to national (and even international) fame.

Folclor Suburban - Manele

Anton Pann had the first few transcriptions of a new style that was present in the suburbs of Bucharest in the 18th century. The new style flourished and grew, being promoted by ordinary musicians playing in suburbs called Mahala. This musical style combined the Balkan and Gypsy styles into a new style that we call today, Manele. After the Romanian Revolution from the end of the 1989, this genre was booming. This style always represented the low-educated musicians and addressed to a low-educated public. There are a few subjects described in those songs. The main subjects are: money and enemies due to his/her loved one or due to his/her power/qualityes. A few contemporary bands that promoted the style are:

  • Azur (vocalist: Nelu Vlad) - the first band to use electronic beats
  • Albatros (vocalist: Iolanda Cristea a.k.a. Naste din Berceni)
  • Generic (vocalist: Dan Ciotoi)
  • Miracol C (vocalist: Cezar Duţu a.k.a. Cezarică)
  • Odeon (vocalist: Costel Geambaşu)
  • Real B (vocalist: Cristian Rizescu)
  • Tomis Junior (from Galați)

More recent promoters with some funny manes are:

  • Guță
  • Florin Salam
  • Narcisa
  • Adrian Minune (DeVito)
  • Adi de la Vâlcea
  • Dani Mocanu




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