Following in the tracks of Geto-Dacians

It’s been a long time we didn’t tour through Moldova. The last time it was 3 years ago, during our Agroromantic – tour, when we visited all regional centers of Moldova. This time the tour geography was not so wide, but the action acquired a real ethno-archeological trend.The organizer of the tour was local social-democratic party that offered not only to see and listen to live shows of ZsZ on the squares of Orhei, Edinet, Cahul and Chisinau but also organize a cognitive trip around the places of Geto-Dacians history. Because of some distance between the regions and the center, local audience very rarely meets high-quality cultural events. It suffers “cultural avitaminosis” and deep “dormancy”. In such a situation the band on a tour through Moldova looks like a Red Cross mission somewhere in Ethiopia. At the beginning the audience started to peer at the performance for a while then it started to think on how to react. The realization that one had to sing dance and have fun came approximately at the middle (and even the end) of the show. But the impressions from the performance would excite the local minds for a long time. The only exclusion was the city of Balti where the show took place at an old airport between the wrecked aeroplanes. And of course the show in the capital where everything looked like at a real rock concert. It was the first time when Osoianu sisters came with us on the big stage and performed several songs. Special interest was caused by a simple quiz in Romanian history. The winners got the possibility to visit Transylvania (ruins of Sarmisezhetuza – ancient Geto-Dacian capital) together with the band. Only our producer and Mihai dared to go there (the rest stayed at home). Our tour guide was a nonconformist, Buddhist, hippie and director of Dacian civilization Institute Andrew Vartic. He gave us a lecture during the 25-kilometers climb to the place of the ruins. The cradle of civilization looked like a forest clearing surrounded by a stone wall. There were altars (so called sanctuaries) in the middle of the clearance. One of the altars was “The Disc of Sun”. Ancient Dacians used to sacrifice to their supreme god Zamolksis the best warriors. Their blood and sperm was placed in a special order on the “The Disc of Sun”. It was a special honor for the warrior to throw himself on the sharp pickets. Mr. Vartic informed us that there are many other interesting things here, but they are deep underground. It turned out that it was a closed territory, as there were the largest uranium-ore deposits in Europe. This place was not accessible for “mere mortals”. So, only Romanian students archeologists managed to dig here. The forest clearing is almost untouched and will stay in this condition for indefinable period of time. We spent two nights on the ground of relic forest; we cooked on fire and drank wine. The last night there was a thunderstorm in the mountains – the wind was bending secular trees and flows of water were falling on our camp. We were sitting in wet tents and thinking of ancient civilizations, sacred places and our roots…
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European summer tour

The last summer month was rich in unforgettable shows in frames of East European open air. The beginning of August was really rich in events. Organizers of festival in a small Romanian town of Ramnicul Valcea gave a demonstration of unprecedented advanced high-tech, having installed a set of sound equipment of new generation “Line Array”. We have never performed with such a power. There were also many different ethnic musical groups on this festival dedicated to the anniversary of the town. One could see archaic gypsy “tarafs” together with dancers here. So, the event was really a fun. And when we started our performance with the powerful sound equipment – we understood that the audience here was our. The 100% union with the audience was proved by many-voiced joint singing of our songs. Now the country town of Ramnicul Valcea is famous not only for being the FULL ECLIPSE capital (it was this town where one could observe the most complete solar eclipse of 1999 in Europe), but also for significant progress in organization of high-quality concerts and folk fests.
However the most important Summer event was the famous Sziget festival. We perform on this festival for already several years and we do this on the main stage. This event has got a wide renown outside Hungary and gathers an enormous quantity of pilgrims from different countries. In order to penetrate into the atmosphere of the festival in full measure we departed for Sziget one day before the performance. We listened to our Moscow friends “Deti Picasso” (Picasso Children) and in the evening world-famous Busta Busta Rhymes. Our producer liked their performance very much. The next day we opened the performances on the main stage. By the way, unlike the “post-soviet” festivals, European events give the possibility to show a full-fledged performance. Each band’s performance lasts not less than one hour, and depending on the genre, the bands are sorted to different festival stages. Since there was no competition from the other stages in a half an hour all the area in front of the main stage was crowded with OUR audience. There were fans from all Balkans, France, Germany, Holland and even Norway. We have never experienced such a cordial welcome on Sziget ever before.
Of course our MC Vasile was a special fun. He performed 3 songs with the band.
After the performance we visited press-centre where we met the representatives of western and ex-USSR mass media. By the way it’s been a long time we didn’t do that.
Soon one can read the interview Roman gave to Kapitalina Delovaya from “Moscow Young Communist Leaguer” newspaper. This day ended with Fun Loving Criminals performance, after which we ate a water-melon with Hugh.
Slovakia was waiting for us after Hungary. Hodokvas festival is not as prominent as Sziget, but we have already got a status of local stars. Besides MC Vasile was with us and this fact gave some extra significance to our performance. There appeared a crowd of people wishing to get a photo with him. A symbolic price of 1 Euro attracted a lot of people. A lot of local bands were presented on Hodokvas – many of them have shown a high level of performance and creative potential. This testifies that Eastern Europe musicians are not inferior to West European in professionalism last time, and sometimes even superior. In any case the closing band was from America. The black musicians from Arested Development, who stopped playing 10 years ago, gathered again and gave a tour over Europe and visited Bratislava.
Local audience in ignorant of the music of this band, however everybody was dancing. The mixture of black funk and hip-hop makes one move from the very first note.
Next day we visited a Czech town of Visovice where we participated in a festival which was held in a local distillery! The atmosphere was similar to drunken Woodstock. Everybody was incredibly drunk and trying to piss on the wheals of our bus. Our driver was chasing them with besom in his hand…
The European tour ended on the 3rd of September in a Slovak town of Cosice. This was the place we started our European “450 Sheep” tour in November last year. As to the organization – it was the best example for small towns with a well developed European culture. The band together with MC Vasile managed to perform for a local TV program with live sound. The shooting of the program took place in a local opera and ballet-house built in baroque stile. And the stage was staffed with modern illuminating equipment.
In the evening we performed on the main square of the town. The audience of many thousands was singing “Everybody in the Casa Mare” and “DJ Vasile” with us.
We are grateful to all organizers and to the Summer of 2004!
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