Yesterday evening saw the opening of the 41st edition of the best-known Romanian seaside musical event, the Mamaia National Pop Music Festival, co-hosted this year by Gianina Corondan and Ca$$a Loco. The Mamaia Festival will include, as of this year, a rock section dedicated to Teo Peter. 17 artists are competing this year in the Singing section, 15 songs are included in the Song-writing section and 10 bands in the Rock section, all taking place in the Soveja Summer Theatre.
As in earlier editions, contenders in the Singing section will perform accompanied by a live orchestra, to include, for the first time ever, string instruments – a total 43 instrumentalists -, as well as live backing vocals.
The new “Teo Peter” Rock section is scheduled for Saturday evening, August 27. “Some people argued such a section should not have been included in a pop music festival, but it brings along an extraordinarily wide range as far as local song-writers are concerned,” the conductor Viorel Gavrila stated. Alexandru Anghel, Monica Anghel’s brother, will be competing in this section with two songs he wrote. The surprise of the Song-writing section is DJ Cristian Tarcea (17), the youngest contender in this section. Under the stage name Chris Thrace, the young man can boast songs played on all European radios. His best-known hit, “Lily Face”, claimed top positions in national and international radio charts.
The winner of the grand prize – consisting in a Skoda Fabia – will be designated by the members of the Constanta County Council. On the other hand, the winners of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in every section will be designated by the jury chaired, as every year, by Madalin Voicu. The price of a ticket is RON 40, but the organizers also offer RON 100-passes for all the four nights of the festival.