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International adventurers and DJs Nick Dwyer and Barnie Duncan shake up the preconceptions of 'World Music' by investigating existing sub genres and young producers the globe over.

No longer the domain of bearded professors waxing lyrical about pygmy drums, the rhythms and melodies of distant lands are finding their way more regularly into our dance floors and pop charts.

From Mongolia to Zambia and various points in between, Nick and Barnie adopt the roles of modern day musical versions of Phileas Fogg and Lemuel Gulliver to take us Around the World in 80 Tunes.

Originally aired during Music 101

4:10 pm on Saturday, 21 April 2012

In this episode of Around The World in 80 Tunes we head to Romania, a country with a vibrant music scene that has one foot in the past and one foot firmly in the future.

From the big brass assault and Roma bravado of bands like Mahala Rai Banda to emerging young electronic talent, which is fast giving Romania's capital Bucharest a reputation as a city with a very forward thinking club culture.

Nick Dwyer meets with Aurel Ionita, the band leader of Mahala Rai Banda; and Cosmin TRG, one of the leading production talents in Romanian club music for an insight into a country that is incredibly rich in its own unique culture and heritage.

Produced by Barnie Duncan and Nick Dwyer for Radio New Zealand National.

ATW Tunes Romania Mahala Rai Banda used with permission
Mahala Rai Banda, used with permission.