Romania’s soccer team drew 1-1 to DR Congo last week in a friendly game in preparation for the EURO 2016 France.

The weak performance against Congo (rated 52 by FIFA) drew the ire of two of the most popular FM radio disc jockeys in Romania, Morar & Buzdugan, the morning show hosts at Radio Zu (a privately own station with national coverage).

And they channeled that ire into an outright racist rant against DR Congo’s players. More, they dropped insults to France’s national soccer team (Romania’s opponent in the opening game at EURO 2016) and used a famous Disney song as a racist joke.

Buzdugan (first left) and Morar (second right) - source: RadioZu.ro
Buzdugan (first left) and Morar (second right) offering apologies to Congolese diplomats in Bucharest – source: RadioZu.ro

 

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It takes only two little steps to uncover a couple of digital treasures of Romanian origin in the publicly available digital archive at the Toronto Public Library.

They are free children books published in … 1896.

Here is how to get them.

TPL search1
1. Go to http://www.tpl.ca and follow the Digital Archive link.

 

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Povestea trupei  “Gasca de acasa” – participanta in 2016 la semifinala Eurovision ce se tine la ea acasa, in Baia Mare – nu e de ieri, de azi. Am auzit-o de la ei, pe bucatele.

Si zau ca ar merita spusa pe de-a’ntregul.

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“Fii atent, aici apari tu pe scena!”

Mi-am scapat berea din mana, ca si cum as fi vazut o stafie.

cu Rini la Podul Viilor in 2015

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In 2013, Strut Records publica The Lost Tapes (“benzile ratacite”), recuperate din arhiva personala a lui Rodion Rosca, liderul trupei RODION G.A. din Cluj (1975-1987).

Meritul de a-l aduce pe nea Rodion la lumina dupa atitia ani ii apartine grupului de minunati de la Future Nuggets – citiva entuziasti romani pusi serios pe munca asta infernala, de stat de-a curmezisul uitarii. Ii gasiti pe Facebook sau pe Soundcloud.

Albumul avea sa intoarca pe dos lumea muzicala.  Criticii l-au primit cu interes, DJii l-au remixat, iar nea Rodion avea sa bata lumea in lung si in lat vorbind despre el.

Rodion Rosca
Rodion Rosca

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Am stat la o poveste cu Jon Asher – de la Asher Media Relations – agentul de presa al concursului Wacken Metal Battle Canada.

Omul a fost anu trecut in audienta la concertul Dirty Shirt  de la Wacken si i-a placut tare!

Jon Asher - of Asher Media - with the Dirty Shirt 2013 album, in Toronto, March 2015.
Jon Asher – of Asher Media – with the Dirty Shirt 2013 album Freak Show, in Toronto, March 2015.

Jon era la Wacken cu Mutank, gasca din Montreal care a reprezentat Canada in 2014 si pe care o cint azi prima – versurile piesei Thrashback in Time sunt aici, merita urmarite.

A doua trupa de azi de Crimson Shadows, din Toronto. In 2013 au cistigat marele premiu la Wacken Global Metal Battle.

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