Dona Dumitru Siminica
The third volume of the Sounds from a Bygone Age series is dedicated to Romanian singer Dona Dumitru Siminica. He was a singer with prodigious falsetto vocals who sang drinking songs, laments and love songs.
The pieces on the CD are some of the finest Romanian music you will find on CD. Siminica was revered by women and admired by Romanian non-Gypsies and Gypsies alike.
For the recording of the album, Siminica brought together some of the finest musicians, a Lautari dreamteam: Marin Marangros on cymbalom, the Bebe Brothers on accordion and Grigore Ciuciuc on bass.
What’s even more surprising about this CD is that it has been compiled from recordings Siminica made in the early 1960s. The quality is outstanding, much better than many rock and pop albums recorded in the 1970s.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. He was also the executive producer of the first Latino feature film made in North Carolina titled “Los sueños de Angélica.”.