Nicolae Guță

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Nicolae Guță
Birth name Nicolae Linguraru
Born (1967-12-03) 3 December 1967 (age 47)
Aninoasa, Hunedoara County, Romania
Genres Manele
Occupation(s) Musician

Nicolae Guță (Romanian pronunciation: [nikoˈla.e ˈɡʊtsə], born Nicolae Linguraru on December 3, 1967 in Aninoasa, Romania) is a Romani manele singer. He is the father of manele and ethno-pop singer Nicoleta Guța.[1]

Musical career[edit]

Guță started as a singer and accordionist in the late 1980s, singing the lăutărească music. He released his debut album in 1992.[1] Two years later, he released his first mainstream hit – "De când te iubesc pe tine" (Romanian: "Since I've Been Loving You"), featured on his second long-play record. His first album for a foreign audience was released in France, in 1996; while Romanian musical critics hardly had had any reaction towards his music,[1] the journalists abroad would show their appreciation and dub his music a very modern fashion of Gypsy jazz (including electric guitars and synthesizers).[2][3]

However, starting around 1998 Guță developed a growing interest in manele music, a fast-paced subgenre of Balkans folk music somewhat resembling to Arab pop.[citation needed] Guță had an important role in the advancement of manele (which were a fairly new musical trend at that time) and brought in influences from Western pop and hip hop music.[1] Some of his songs are: "Aş renunţa", "Am greșit și eu", "Dacă vrei", and "Doar tu". In 2007, Guță released a cover version of Hari Mata Hari's "Lejla", the third-placed entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006, renaming it "Cine ești?" (Who Are You?).

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d (Romanian) Biography of Nicolae Guță, nicolaeguta.ro (retrieved May 5, 2010)
  2. ^ Keefner, Kurt. The Greatest Living Gypsy Voice, allmusic.com (retrieved May 5, 2010)
  3. ^ The Greatest Living Gypsy Voice, cdroots.com (retrieved May 5, 2010)