Florin Salam

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Florin Salam
Born (1979-10-01) 1 October 1979 (age 34)
Bucharest, Romania
Genres Manele
Occupations Musician

Florin Stoian (born 1 October 1979[citation needed], Bucharest), better known under the stage name of Florin Salam and (previously) Florin Fermecătoru, is a Roma singer of manele from Romania.

Stoian has been singing since he was a child; his first contact with music took place at age of four. His father and uncle were well-known lăutari. He debuted in 2002 with help from bandleader Dan Bursuc. His first hit single was "Ce gagică şmecherită" (English: "Such a Picky Chick"). He played an important part when the smash hit "Of, viaţa mea" (English: "Oh, My Life") was released in 2000, sung by Adrian Minune and Costi Ioniţă. In 2002, Florin Stoian changed his stage name from Fermecătoru (English: The Glamorous) to the Arabic Salam (English: peace, cf. Hebrew shalom, and Romanian: salam).

In 2008 he performed a song together with pop singer Paula Seling and the Bucharest Symphonic Orchestra. The show host described their performance as a reconciliation between manele and mainstream pop music; in the same respect, the song's lyrics raised the problem of ethnic intolerance.

Florin Stoian is the vice-president of Asociaţia Artiştilor, Muzicanţilor şi Lăutarilor Romi din România (English: The Association of Romani Artists, Musicians and Lăutari from Romania). In December 2005, he was announced the best manele performer of the year. According to the daily paper Libertatea, politician Mădălin Voicu and footballer Marius Niculae count among his fans.

Florin's parents are Maria and Robert Stoian. In September 2007, he married Ştefania Victoria, his first wife according to the Romani law; the best man was manele singer Adrian Minune. The wedding took place in a resort in Antalya, Turkey. The couple gave birth to two children. On April 12, 2009, Ştefania (aged 27) died from hepatic cirrhosis.

Popular songs: "Eşti bombă" ("You're a bomb" in English)

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