Bucharest Tango

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Oana Catalina Chitu
Bucharest Tango

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Release Date: Tuesday 9 December 2008

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'Bucharest Tango' is a unique album, one that resurrects a lost music, the sound of Romanian Tango as played in Bucharest cafes and parks, restaurants and clubs across the 1930s. Oana Cătălina Chiţu (pronounce Kitsu) and her musicians combine the lost tango songs of that era with the folk ballads of Maria Tanase (1913-1963; the Romanian Piaf).

Oana was born in rural Romania and grew up listening to her father sing the lost tangos. Visiting relatives in Bucharest she found they had old gramophones and scratchy 78 recordings of the tangos. She began to memorise this beautiful, vanished music. At the same time she loved the songs of Maria Tanase, the tragic diva of Romania, whose voice once haunted the nation. No other singer of the younger generation from Romania has been able to approach both the tangos à la romanesque and Tanase's ballads so authentically yet freely.

Although Romania is a country with a rich musical tradition a virus of cheap, electronic pop music has seized the nation post-revolution. Oana represents the cutting edge of a new generation of Romanians interested in the brilliant - now largely forgotten - musical traditions from a bygone age.

Oana Cătălina Chiţu - vocals
Anton Slavic - violine
Valeriu Cascaval - cymbalon
Dejan Jovanovic - accordion
Alexej Wagner - guitar
Alexander Franz - double bass
Dimitris Christides - percussion
Vladimir Karparov - saxophone & clarinet


1. Pe Bolta Cand Apare Luna
2. Zaraza
3. Sub Blacon Eu Ti-Am Cantat O Serenada
4. Bun Il Vinul Ghiurghiuliu
5. Mana Birjar
6. Marie Si Marioara
7. Ca La Nunta
8. Azi Noapte Te-am Visat
9. Da-mi Gurita S-o Sarut
10. Un Tigan Avea O Casa
11. FemeiaEterna Poveste
12. Aprinde O Tigara
13. Vrei Sa Ne-Ntalnim Sambata Seara