Ion Dumitrescu and Cosima Opartan established Raze de Soare as an homage to Romania’s much maligned music genre called manele, or proto-manele in their case, to be precise. They recontextualised the hits of the genre’s foremost band Albatros and even released an EP named after the band.
This special mix is – in their words – “A pseudo-chronological journey through Romania’s wedding music and beyond, starting in the nineties. From proto-manele to R&B manele, sprinkled with some Egyptian classics and other Bulgarian and Albanian treats. Reaching contemporary (post-2010) manele and outernational electric-oriental.”