Bernardo doesn’t just hark back to he 1980s, you know. He’s very up to date with the modern stuff too. He knows that hip-hop is a shoe made in Brazil, that the dubstep is the funny walk that old people tend to do when their knees get arthritic and dodgy, and that rap is something you put around gifts at Christmas to make them look more exotic than they really are. Bernardo can do the dubstep but he is not so good at rapping. Just to prove how cool Bernardo is, here is his favourite track from 2013, his hit of the year, the song he has played the most on his gadget thingy (the iSanitaryPad, he thinks it’s called).
The song is Final de Razboi, by a new Romanian group called ABCD. Razboi is a funny word, it doesn’t seem to have any similar sounding equivalents in the other Romance languages featured on this blog. It means “war” or “battle,” so this song is about people ending their fighting and squabbling. Kissing and making up, I guess. ABCD’s name is derived from the first letter of the names of the four band members, and this song was in the running to be Romania’s entry at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest but lost out to that silly entry by the high-pitched Dracula looking fella. Still, it has been on the Romanian airplay charts for much of the year.
Not only does Bernardo think Final de Razboi is great, he loves the video too. It’s a homage to ink and paper, and at heart Bernardo is a pen and paper kind of guy. According to an article on the MoozTV website, 3000 letters and 60 litres of ink were used in the video, which took two days to shoot. It looks like the members of ABCD had a lot of fun getting smudged and stained in rivers of ink, turning their clothes from white to blue (Bernardo’s favourite colour). Although the band members were, as far as he knows, reasonably well known musicians, this was the first time they had got together as an ensemble and this was their debut single. The lead singer, the C (for Cristina) was pregnant at the time of recording, so hopefully by now she is a happy and healthy mother with a happy and healthy child.
By the way, the big, attractive park you will see at the end of the clip, when all the balloons go up in the air, looks like Parcul Herastrau in Bucharest (right). It includes a big lake where you can take ferry rides, and there are pleasant restaurants and cafes along the shore, plus shady, tree-lined walkways and colourful gardens. Bernardo really recommends you go to Parcul Herastrau if you are in Buc, which can be a bit of a concrete jungle. At Herastrau you will feel like you are in another world, and Bucharest’s Arc de Triomphe is nearby too. Anyway, Bernardo hopes you’ll enjoy the song and he will be looking at the lyrics in some depth in a later post. The only thing that annoys him about this clip is that someone is obviously playing keyboards (the keyboard melodies are great, especially near the end) but you never see who it is. Who is the mystery fifth member of ABCD? Here is the video.
So, what about two of the best from ABCD? Or three? Well, if truth be told, Bernardo hasn’t been able to find another song by the band anywhere, not even on that popular music posting site, what’s it called, is it YouLube? Maybe this is because this was their debut single and ABCD’s first album hasn’t come out yet. Or has it? If anyone knows of any other material by ABCD, please send Bernardo the link. In the meantime he will just play Final de Razboi over and over again. The neighbours love it!