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Dona Dumitru Siminica

sounds from a bygone age - vol. 3

Dona Dumitru Siminica

Release: 29th September 2006

Cat. Nr.: CD-ATR 1106
Format: CD/9 songs in Romanian language, 1 song in Romanes & 3 instrumentals
Total playing time 54:21
File under: World/ Romania/ Gypsy

Top Of The World AlbumWhen Dona Dumitru Siminica sang drinking songs, laments or love songs in the Bucharest garden café "La Chirigiu" or in the luxurious Opera restaurant, the tables filled with guests almost as quickly as the glasses with tuica or wine and the patron's till with Lei. Dona Dumitru Siminica sang songs which offered consolation to the lonely, tended the wounds of the lovesick, and prepared those newly-infatuated for the end of their love. Siminica had a disturbing, androgynous falsetto voice and a large number of female fans who hung on to every word uttered by the man in the bespoke suit with the immaculate hairstyle and carefully clipped moustache for nights on end. The third CD of our series 'Sounds From A Bygone Age' contains recordings of the most exposed singer of the muzica lautareasca. It was a sensation that a few records of urbane music with Gypsy lyrics found their way into shops in Romania in the seventies. For his best recordings Dona Dumitru Siminica assembled a Lautari dream team around himself. Faramita Lambru, Maria Tanase's favourite accompanist, played classics with Dona Dumitru Siminica such as "Afara e intuneric" and "La salul cel negru", which are released outside Romania for the first time on this CD. His sudden death in the eighties did not make the headlines in the Romanian party-controlled press. There are no written documents, no interviews, and no books about this extraordinary singer. Nothing can tell us more about the phenomenon of Dona Dumitru Siminica than his recordings, which bring back the sound of old Bucharest before it is completely forgotten. (read more)
(version francaise)


As far as known:, Dona Dumitru Siminica - vocals, Faramita Lambru - accordion, Costica Serban - accordion, Marin Marangros - cymbalom, Grigore Ciuciuc - double bass
and other


1. De trei ani nu dau pe acasa 04:18 / 2. Cine are fata mare 06:37 / 3. Cantec oltenesc 02:15
4. Ce mi-e drag pe lume 05:00 / 5. Lelita, floare 04:05 / 6. Afare e intuneric 06:17 7. Hora ploiestenilor 02:11 / 8. Foiae verde trei smicele 04:18 9. Intre-o vinere la targ 03:14
10. Mosule te-as intreba 07:24 11. Cantec de petrecere 01:39 / 12. La Salul cel negru 03:38
13. Osoreia osbaro 03:1

Total playing time 54:21


Recommended listening

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Cine are fata mare Afare e intuneric La Salul cel negru


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This production was mastered at Headroom Studio Berlin.