Romania’s Mandinga are one of the most versatile bands to hit the Eurovision stage in recent years, exploring genres such as Latin jazz and Romanian dance. Lately they’ve primarily dropped saxophone infused club hits like their Eurovision entry “Zaleilah“, which strays from their Cuban origins. So it’s a pleasant surprise to hear that their new song “Ce Poveste” brings them right back to their roots.
The surprise new single features Connect-R, a Romanian singer who represented Moldova at Eurovision 2006 with Arsenium & Natalia Gordienko. The new song is Mandinga’s most chilled-out anthem since “Sufletul Zambea”, a ballad on their 2012 album “Club de Mandinga”. It offers some light relief after their up-tempo singles “Hello” and “Viva la Fiesta”.
The Romanian language offering showcases lead singer Elena’s vocal talents so perfectly. Some may say Connect-R’s rapping isn’t necessary and even a tad clunky in comparison to the rest of the song. But whatever: “Ce Poveste” is the perfect remedy for our post-summer blues and keeps us excited for the band’s potential 2015 new album release.