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The Noroc band in 1970. Source: www.timpul.md, sourced here from the COURAGE project (http://cultural-opposition.eu/)

Noroc is a music group from Moldova, created in 1967 by Mihai Dolgan.

History

Noroc became very popular in the USSR[1][2] after the release of their first album in 1968, which included songs such as "De ce plâng chitarele" and "Cântă un artist".

In 1970, Noroc won the "public sympathy" prize at the "Bratislava Lyra" festival. [3] Later the same year, after a tour of the Ukraine, Noroc were banned as a result of a direct order by Ivan Bodiul,[4] Chief Secretary of the Communist Party of the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic, due to a "lack of discipline", "promotion of artistic values of poor quality", and "lack of a healthy ideological orientation".[3] Between the years 1974-1985 the band was reorganized by Mihai Dolgan under the name "Contemporanul". After 1985, "Contemporanul" reverted to their original name. Since 1989 and up to Mihai Dolgan's death in 2008, Noroc's permanent vocalists were Lidia Botezatu, Radu Dolgan, Mihai Dolgan.

The word "noroc" means "good luck" in the Romanian language. This word is also used as a greeting. "Noroc" is also said while toasting (the Romanian equivalent of "cheers").

References

  1. (in Romanian) Fără Mihai Dolgan, Timpul, March 20, 2008
  2. "Archived copy" Группе "Норок" - 40 лет! (in Russian). Комсомольская Правда. Archived from the original on 2010-05-28. Retrieved 2009-05-23.
  3. "De la naştere la "Noroc"" (in Romanian). Retrieved 2009-05-23.
  4. "TIME OUT: Istoria legendarei formaţii "Noroc"" (in Romanian). BBC Romanian.

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Text adapted from Wikipedia