Great blog post – I used to listen to manele quite a lot not long ago and was always puzzled by the love/hate attitude Romanians were displaying about them.
by Mihai-Alexandru Ilioaia
Following their rise of popularity two decades ago, manele have been hated by the generally West-gazing middle classes and the cultural establishment, being described by both the media and public intellectuals as the musical equivalent of “burping contests”, “perverting the taste of the population” or “gypsy filth”. Associated with…
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