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Bucharest, Romania | Established. Jan 01, 2006 | INDIE

Bucharest, Romania | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2006
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"New Music Alert: “Ghosts at War” by Vama"

With amazing verses, an enticing soundscape and a lead singer with a voice that speaks and sings to our souls they showcase the human experience beautifully and so on point. [...] Vama is on the path to step out of the limelight of their country and continent and with music like this, the world better be ready for they are about to conquer it. 2017 is simply starting and with this right foot I would recommend to keep them on your radar and to watch for what they will bring to the scene with their talent and the melodies. - wolfinasuit.com


"Vama Release New Music Video For “Ghosts At War”"

With a style reminiscent of artists like Coldplay, Kings of Leon, and The Killers, they’re a natural fit in venues as large as stadiums or as intimate as a living room. For their new single, “GHOSTS AT WAR,” they flex this musical muscle with impressive power. - Vents Magazine


"Vama – Memories Now"

Rhythms beat their way to the very heart as they help to deliver the song’s message with a sense of urgency. The chorus works wonders too as it nicely meshes with the overall fast-paced glorious nature of the track. Everything simply comes together as it brings elements of country, big-band, and indie rock together into a satisfying whole. By far the highlight of the song are the strong highly articulate lyrics which guide the song forward with purpose. - Skope


"March Artist Showcase Finalists"

Romanian quintet Vama are architects of a sweeping anthemic sound that might tempt you to compare them to Coldplay. Led by charismatic frontman Tudor Chirila, Vama have existed in various forms since 1996 and in that time they’ve become enormously popular in their home country. Get a taste of Vama’s sonic majesty in this appropriately grandiose video for “Running to the Seashore.” - Guitar Shop TV


"E dalla Romania arriva la hit contro Sarkozy: «Perché cacci via i rom?»"

Rimpatri forzati? Al presidente francese gli zingari rispondono per le rime... e pure in musica. Proprio così: una canzone dal tipico sound gitano per denunciare la politica di Nicolas Sarkozy sull'espulsione di rom e nomadi.
La hit s'intitola «Sarkozy versus Gipsy», il video della canzone - composta dai Vama, uno dei più celebri gruppi rock della Romania - con tanto di parodia dell'inno francese, e già impazza sul web transalpino. Ecco alcuni passaggi del testo: «Hey, hey, Sarkozy, why don't you like the Gypsies?» (Sarkozy, perché non ami i gitani?), recita il ritornello. E ancora la curiosa argomentazione: «Se tutti i rom fossero ladri, la Torre Eiffel sarebbe già scomparsa». Quindi l'amaro sfogo: «Cerchiamo una vita migliore, ma voi decidete che non possiamo restare. Noi siamo esseri umani prima di tutto», cantano i Vama in inglese.
«Per noi - spiega Tudor Chirila, leader del gruppo, in Romania una vera star - è un modo per denunciare con ironia l'assurda soluzione trovata dal presidente francese per risolvere la questione» dell'integrazione dei rom. «Volevamo anche dimostrare che fare delle generalizzazioni è pericoloso», taglia corto Chirila. Che intanto passa al botteghino... - Il Giornale


"Roms: Sarkozy critiqué par des musiciens"

“Un des plus célèbres groupes de rock roumain, Vama, a interpellé le président français Nicolas Sarkozy sur les expulsions de Roms dans une chanson au rythme effréné, sortie jeudi et interprétée avec une joyeuse poignée de musiciens roms.” - Le Figaro


"Romanian band raps Sarkozy for Roma expulsions"

“The controversy over the plight of the Roma people in France has hit the world music scene with Romanian rock band Vama. Entitled “Sarkozy versus Gypsy”, their hit song is a parody of France’s expulsion of hundreds of Roma people back to Romania and Bulgaria in the summer.” - Euronews


"Vama live la Cerbul de Aur 2009 - live repor"

“Da, cam asta inseamna muzica. Foarte bun show-ul si nu sunt fan Chirila sau Vama. Corect, bun, energic, cu un playlist bine structurat.” - BestMusic.ro


""Cerbul de Aur" a avut pilaf, paşă şi concurenţi cu bulan"

“Chirilă a oferit o Vamă de cinci stele. Nici după patru bisuri spectatorii nu voiau să-l lase să părăsească scena.” - Jurnalul National


"Concertul Vama s-a ridicat la nivelul aşteptărilor"

“Timişoara. Trupa Vama au făcut cu adevărat spectacol vineri seara în clubul The Note. Piese vechi şi piese noi, o sonorizare foarte bună şi un Tudor Chirilă aşa cum îl ştim cu toţii, capabil să manevreze un public de zeci de persoane după bunu-i plac.” - tion.ro


"Tudor Chirilă: „Dacă Dumnezeu ar apărea la ştiri n-ar fi o surpriză pentru nimeni”"

“Cu o energie debordantă, trupa Vama a cântat timp de trei ore, live, fiind răsplătiţi pe măsură de public.” - Cuget Liber


"Brasov: Vama a readus publicul in arena Cerbului"

După ce Tudor Chirilă a urcat pe scenă, nu a mai contat că scaunele sunt ude sau că pe jos sunt numai bălţi şi toată lumea s-a ridicat în picioare, a dansat şi a cântat alături de trupă. Se ştie deja că show-urile live ale formaţiei transformă fiecare spectacol într-o explozie de energie, oferindu-le rebelilor şi visătorilor o evadare din cotidian. Melodiile au fost însoţite de o coregrafie improvizată, opt modele, dar şi 30 de liceeni, dansând pe scenă alături de Tudor, în timpul melodiilor „Fotomodele” şi „18 ani”. Mesajele despre libertate, iubire, evadare, au definit mereu spiritul „Vama“, iar concertele formaţiei nasc poveşti mult timp după seara în care au avut loc. - Adevarul


"Vama – Ghosts At War"

Vama’s Ghosts At War is an inspirational sort of rock that builds off of the framework of artists like the Foo Fighters and U2. The band’s instrumentation on Ghosts At War is impressive, with the dynamic of guitar, bass, and drum making for the perfect backdrop for the vocals. A robust production allows the elements to shine together as well as on their own. Vama’s contemplative, dense, and emotive Ghosts At War will bounce around listeners’ minds long after the track ceases to play. With an authoritative, strong ending, Vama has knocked it out of the park with their latest single. - NeuFutur


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VAMA is an independent top Romanian rock alternative band. It was founded in 2006 by award winning actor and musician Tudor Chirila and guitarist Eugen Caminschi who split up from VAMA VECHE, a highly appreciated band founded in 1996. Continuing the tradition of the former band, VAMA became one of the most beloved local groups. Through its shows and music, rebels and dreamers alike have found their escape. The band’s music is highly associated with the sea. Sometimes furious, other times calm, yet always completely free – this is the spirit that VAMA embodies. And this made it popular for more than a decade. The band performs for people who speak their minds and then sing aloud about it.

“Bed for love”, Vama’s first single was released in 2007 and a year later the band released its first self-named album. Their second album, “2012”, was very well received by fans and critics. In May 2013 Vama released “Perfect fara tine” a hit song that topped all the Romanian charts and spent 26 weeks in Mediaforest Top 10. In December 2013 Vama released its first Live DVD from the Bucharest Palace Hall. In 2015 Vama started working with the English music producer James Lewis (Arctic Monkeys, Rudimental, Sunset Sons) for its third studio album and the first one exclusively in English. This move is aimed to expand the band into new territories for which the Romanian language would’ve been a barrier.

Vama is an amazing live act. The band is constantly touring all around Romania and selling out shows that are 2000+ capacity.

Band members: Tudor Chirila – singer, Eugen Caminschi – guitar, Gelu Ionescu – keyboard, Lucian (Clopo) Cioarga – drums, Dan (Prepe) Opris – bass guitar.

 

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