Hello, I just made an exciting discovery, a very different yet surprisingly lovely version of a Romanian/Moldovan pop song I really liked last year, Nu Sunt, by Nicoleta Nuca (it was first mentioned on this post). This one, though, features not only Nicoleta but two other superb contemporary Romanian singers, INNA and Antonia. INNA’s the one on the left, Nicoleta is in the middle and Antonia is on the right. Three beautiful women singing a beautiful song in a beautiful language. Check it out
Just as interesting is this version, recorded by Nicoleta – who hails from Moldova – with the Chisinau Youth Orchestra.
To give you some idea of what the song is about here is a snippet of the lyrics taken from the Versuri.Ro website:
Ultimul moment, ultimul regret / Mi-a ajuns! / Tot ce am avut, oricum s-a pierdut/
Tu nu vezi? / Nu sunt doar un trofeu pe patul tău
This is the last time, the last regret. / I’ve had enough! / All I had has been lost anyway / Don’t you see? / I’m not just a trophy on your bed.
For the record, here is the original version of the song.
Nicoleta, who was a contestant on the Romanian X Factor talent show, followed that up with another catchy hit, Linistea, which means “peace” or “silence”.
Her latest is Inima Mea (My Heart).
So, what of the other singers, INNA and Antonia? I’ve featured both on this blog before. INNA is probably Romania’s best known contemporary singer and has managed to conquer the English language market (and she sometimes dabbles in other Romance languages). Here is a recent international hit.
Antonia (her full name is Antonia Clara Iobescu) was born in Bucharest but her family moved to the United States when she was five, and she has had a very successful career as a model as well as a singer. Most of her output has been in English but she has linked up with a number of Romanian singers in the past few years, including veteran Romanian groups Holograf and Vunk. Here is a sample of her work.
I hope you enjoyed this peek into the music of Eastern European Romance language countries.