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Le Monde Hearts Nicolae Guta

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Do you speak French? I nearly laughed myself out of my seat on the plane last week to Bucharest when I read this:

Epoustouflant chanteur tsigane de Roumanie, Nicolae Gutsa épate par sa virtuosité vocale lorsqu’il se lance dans une course folle d’onomatopées rythmiques, telle celle ouvrant cette réédition d’un album.

In other words, Le Monde (one of France’s biggest newspapers) put out a list of their top 5 albums of the year and one of Nicolae Guta’s CDs – yes the Romanian manelist Nicolae Guta – came in as number four.

Clearly that was a shock to some Romanians. I’ll let Adevarul handle that:

Criticul il numeste pe Guta acest „uimitor cantaret tigan din România, care epateaza prin virtuozitatea sa vocala”.

„Ma bucur, dar am fost surprins”, a declarat pentru „Adevărul” Nicolae Guta, care a precizat ca sustine in Franta cinci-sase concerte pe an. Manelistul este bucuros ca muzica sa este apreciata in strainatate, dar, in primul rand, il entuziasmeaza lipsa prejudecatilor.

„In România, daca asculti manele, esti catalogat drept incult, tigan, fara scoala. Dar i-am vazut eu pe cei culti atunci cand se imbata: nu se distreaza decat pe manele. La noi e multa ipocrizie”, a spus Guta.

„Ar trebui sa ne mandrim cu manelele. Prostesti o mie de oameni, prostesti zece mii, dar nu prostesti milioane”, a adaugat el.

Yes!!

If you don’t speak Romanian (or French) I’m sorry. It would just take too long to translate the cultural contexts involved but I saw that article on the plane and I simply had to write about it here on the site.

Looks like I’m not the only one who likes Guta :P

In honor of his award and because I’m going to Spain here in a few days, plus I mean hello, Printesa Ardealului! I give you the following :D

Mai barbate, mai barbate
la ce m-am gandit azi noapte?
Sa vindem si noi un cal sa mergem pe litoral
si sa ne distram cu banii la Ibiza ca bastanii!

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