Troubled Eurovision star Mihai Traistariu finds himself under fire after releasing the Turbo-folk song “Maneaua mea”. The music style, which is strongly associated with Serbia and is known to many as urbanized folk music, is frowned upon in Romania. This song in particular is far removed from his Eurovision hit “Tornero” and fans and press have been quick to criticize the singer for his choice.
The singer posted the song on Facebook on Sunday, under the status “Change”, which is known as his next music project and the title of his next album. Nonetheless, this change is not welcomed by his fans, who criticize him for choosing a music style which is not popular among his target audience.
“Maneaua mea”, whose title translates as “My Manea” (from the word “Manele”, the Romanian music genre that is similar to Serbian Turbo-folk), is a typical Turkish-derived song with modern instruments. The genre is usually performed by Roma singers and is quite popular among the lower classes, but is viewed as too simplistic and redundant by music critics. The singer appears to have made use of a vocoder as well, which has attracted even more backlash.
As it stands at the moment, after three days the song has almost 18,000 views on YouTube, which Mihai is quick to specify were not bought. This, however, is mostly due to the fact that the song has been slammed by most media outlets, who put the Eurovision singer under fire for going the Turbofolk route.
Mihai Traistariu is getting used to being the laughing stock of the Romanian press. After being criticized for his excesive use of TMI selfies or for posing as Jesus Christ, “Maneaua mea” is just the latest PR blunder in what is left of his music career. Which is a pity, seeing as “Tornero”, the song that brought him to fourth place in Athens back in 2006, is one of the most recognisable Eurovision hits ever.