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Radio 3 Guide to World Music
Taraf den Haidouks (©Simon Broughton)
In both rural and urban Romania, the music is dominated by gypsy acoustic bands. The violins, cimbaloms, accordians and rustic voices of Taraf de Haïdouks are now well known, but there is much more, as this overview of the varied regional traditions shows.

Simon Broughton is editor of World Music: the Rough Guide and has been travelling to Romania since the 1980's.

Listen to the whole programme (17'36) or click on any of the tracks to the left.

One The Return of the Magic Horses
by Taraf de Haïdouks
album: Band of Gypsies
Crammed Discs
Romania's most celebrated musical export are a real village wedding band.
Two Doina de Haiducie
by Taraf de Haïdouks
album: Romanie; Musique des Tsiganes de Valachie
Fiddler Nicolae Neacsu imitates a shepherd's flute on this tune about brigands (Haidouks).
Three I'm Very Sad
by Panseluta Feraru
album: Lautar Songs from Bucharest
Long Distance
Example of the more polished urban gypsy singers found in Bucharest's restaurants and clubs.
Hear the ProgrammeRough Guide Discography
Four Fast Csardas
by Csizar Aladar
album: Original Village Music from Upper-Mures Region
This fast dance typifies traditional Transylvanian string bands.
Five My Mother's Rosebush
by Muzsikás
album: Morning Star
Hungary's leading singer explores her country's historic links with Transylvania.
Simon Broughton and musicians in Maramures (©Simon Broughton)
Tracks 6 - 10

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