All the ooh-ahh flutter over Golijov’s Ayre, or even the recent Dudamel & Co., and then you spot something like this:
Loredana: Marioara de la Gorj (2001)
Loredana is a Romanian Madonna pop-diva clone (here’s a more typical example from her new CD, where Roma kinda meets the Black Eyed Peas), but here shows that underneath her roots are second nature. All props to the Dude & kids, Ms. Upshaw, O.G. (and especially Gustavo Santaolalla, the real mastermind behind the sound of Ayre), but even this MTV-style context should show that the lessons of this kind of approach and energy are already all around.