Born in 1951 in a Romanian home, Stefan Balcescu’s early life was spent in and around the Atlanta

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Born in 1951 in a Romanian home, Stefan Balcescu’s early life was spent in and around the Atlanta Metro Area. As he matured, his love for art became ever more present and he said so himself, he married music in a figurative sense, but perhaps in a literal way as well. I conversed with Stefan Balcescu, a Romanian musician born and raised in Atlanta, and he still resides there today. He is a family friend, Stefan and my mother worked at the same middle school when I lived in Atlanta and after knowing him for quite some time, his music truly enthralled me. Stefan’s father is Romanian and his mother is Romanian Romani, (gypsy ancestry). Stefan works as a middle school history teacher, but in his spare time he is playing gigs and creating a…show more content…
Stefan further favors Roma singer, Muharem Serbezovski, he is a folk singer and writer of Roma origin from Macedonia. “I also favor some modern world singers, who sing for change, I enjoy Idan Raichel, an Israeli singer and Zaz, a French folk singer, and in America…I guess Tracy Chapman, she has an empowering voice that describes the truths about American society […] how we overlook what actually needs to be helped, this includes poverty, abuse, education, minority rights, etcetera.” What about those artists do you admire? Stefan appreciates music that is multifaceted and utilizes intricate beats with a variety of instruments; he also adores singers who have discrete voices. “The artists are remarkably diverse, these Roma, Turkish, French, and Eastern European musicians are not singing ballad pop music or mainstream music. I appreciate that the music is not basic, no simple thumping, four-square, fiddle hoedown music. Growing up in a predominantly white area, I secretly listened to my “crazy” Roma music, but hey, I found it exciting, but the neighbors probably thought I was a Martian.” Having to deal with racism on a daily basis, Stefan listened to music that helped him overcome the bullying and seclusion he experienced. It is known that discrimination against Roma and Sinti communities continues to be problem not only in Europe, but in America as well. “Gypsy inspired music of world musicians was my psychological

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