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Connect-R in september 2012
Background information
Birth name Ștefan Relu Mihalache
Born (1982-06-09) June 9, 1982 (age 34)
Origin Ploiesti, Romania
Genres Hip hop, R&B, pop, electronic music, raggamuffin, dancehall
Occupation(s) Rapper, singer, producer, actor
Years active 1997–present
Labels Rappin' On Production, Roton
Associated acts VeritaSaga, R.A.C.L.A., Alex Velea, Puya, Chris Mayer, DJ Sava, Arando Marquez, Alexandra Stan

Ștefan Relu Mihalache (born June 9, 1982, in Bucharest, Romania), better known by his stage name Connect-R, is a Romanian hip hop and pop musician, producer and occasional actor, best known for his association with Romanian hip hop group R.A.C.L.A. early in his career and the successful solo career that followed his leaving of the group.[1][2][3][4] He has been noted as having a baritone-range singing voice and his eclectic musical style.


Early life and career[edit]

Mihalache was born in mid-1982 in Bucharest and, by the age of 8, was a professional dancer as a member of the dance group Primăvara. By the age of 15, he had become involved with hip hop music and in 1997 recorded "Observ", the first track in his professional career.


Studio albums[edit]

  • Dacă dragostea dispare (2007)
  • From Nothing to Something (2012)
  • Dragostit (2016)


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2007 "Dacă dragostea dispare"
(featuring Alex Velea)
- Dacă dragostea dispare
2008 "Nu-ți pierde dragostea" -
2009 "Burning Love" 3 From Nothing To Something
2010 "Still"
(featuring Chris Mayer)
"American Dream"
(featuring Puya)
2011 "Ring the Alarm" 7
"Take It Slow"
2012 "Vara nu dorm" 1
"Love Is the Way" 4
2013 "Dă-te-n dragostea mea" TBA
2014 "Tren De Noapte" TBA


  1. ^ "Connect-R: "Sunt mândru că sunt ţigan!"". Retrieved 2011-03-01. 
  2. ^ "Interviu Connect-R". April 7, 2009. Retrieved 2011-03-01. 
  3. ^ "Exclusiv: interviu cu Connect-R!". Monden Info. Retrieved 2011-03-01. 
  4. ^ De către Connect-R în Uncategorized Comentarii oprite. "Biografie – CONNECT-R – Site oficial". Retrieved 2011-03-01. 
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Zdob și Zdub
with Boonika bate doba
Moldova in the Eurovision Song Contest
(with Arsenium and Natalia Gordienko)
Succeeded by
Natalia Barbu
with Fight