some of our personal favorites, or what we think would make for interesting first impressions:

Romanian Music





Folk music & dance

  • Căluşarii – mythical dance from Oltenia
  • Căpâlna girls’ dance, sort of a female response.
  • Spectacular dances and traditional outfits from mountain people in Bistriţa (it takes off around 3:00) and Oaş.
  • Gheorghe Zamfir – the Panflute God. Famous for music in “Kill Bill”, “Once upon a time in America”. And for The Lonely Shepherd.
  • Taraful Haiducilor (Taraf des Haidouks) – Virtuoso Gypsy band from Clejani. For example. They also had some fun in Latcho Drom.
  • Maria Tănase is the “Milady of Romanian folk music”. One of her most emblematic interpretations is of the song “blestem” (“the curse”).
  • Fanfares: Ciorcârlia (BBC award), Savale from Zece Prăjini, who also jammed with Phoenix’s drummer Ovidiu Lipan – for example, here.


Romanian cinematography

“New Wave”


Romanian art

  • Constantin Brâncuşi – “father of modern sculpture” – probably the Romanian artist with greatest influence on international level. Too bad there are no Nobel prizes for art.
  • Nicolae Grigorescu – most well-kown Romanian painter

Romanian literature

A good source for translated poems is Romanian Voice.

  • Mihai Eminescu – every nation has a “greatest poet”. For us, it’s Mihai Eminescu. Selected works in English here.
  • Paul Celan – the hidden gem of post-WWII poetry

Books about Romania:

Never mind the Balkans. Here’s Romania“, by Mike Ormsby. 

When cultures collide – Leading across cultures“, by Richard D. Lewis.

Romanian-made advertising

  • Check videos in the vodpod widget on the right

6 responses to “Goodies

  1. Sonia August 17, 2010 at 13:35

    At ‘Books about Romania’, you can add ‘When Culture Collides – Leading Across Cultures’, by Richard D. Lewis.
    It’s not only about Romania, but the excerpt found on this blog is pretty realistic.

  2. Sarah March 11, 2011 at 02:31

    I can’t find Maria Tanase in the list of Romanian music… As she can be considered the most important Romanian folk singer of all times, she should definitely be named here!!!!!! (especially with ‘Lume lume’, ‘Ciuleandra’ and ‘Blestem’). I hope you can add her to the list! 🙂

  3. admin March 22, 2011 at 21:36

    Thank you Sarah and Sonia, edited and done.

  4. Vincent March 25, 2011 at 20:53

    Some of the videos are not available anymore. Can you do something about that? Thanks

  5. DanutzaOverHere December 4, 2011 at 15:42

    The romanian song Ozone – Dragostea din tei :
    It was made into an opera :

  6. admin December 26, 2011 at 02:05

    Vincent – thank you for the note, will try to update.
    Danuta – epic 😀
    this deserves a dedicated post, with your permission – hope you don’t mind.

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