Country: RO

During the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, a parallel pseudo-industry of weddings developed in Romania. Hundreds of bands emerged all over the country and the predilect sound of family events either at restaurants or at home was what is today referred to as “proto-manele”. A mix of electrified oriental pop with local flavour , “proto-manele” crystallised into today’s “manele” contemporary wedding music. One can find countless examples of such music on YouTube and trilulilu.ro, a local online platform dedicated to the genre (Albatros, Tomis Jr., Azur, Generic, Odeon, Șobolanii din Ploiești, Formația Condor din Craiova, etc.) Raze de Soare – Albatros is a tribute EP to one of the most famous local “proto-manele” bands, the eponymous Albatros.

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Past events

This artist participated in the SHAPE platform which concluded in 2022. The current version of the project is SHAPE+. Like its predecessor, it is co-funded by the European Union.