musical debut of the singer does not coincide with her first EP,
called Sunt o fata frumusica (I'm A Pretty Girl).
The story of this wonderful voice, Elisabeta Catalina Stroe starts
at the age of 4. Endowed with a special voice, little Betty was
directed by her elder brother and her mother to the Allegretto
chorus, where she soon began to sing independently and accompanied
by the group of children.
the same time, Betty joined the Romanasul Folk Assembly,
where she was also given the part of the leading singer, even if
her colleagues were 20- 30 years old.
a member of Allegretto and Romanasul assemblies,
she participated in different festivals and musical contests, in
most of which she won the first prize.
the fifth grade she starts studying the panpipe at Dinu Lipatti
High School, which she gave up four years later to join the folk
singing class. Her first festival - contest abroad was in Ucraina.
It was a two section event - folklore and light music. Betty participated
in both and, before awarding the prizes, she was called behind the
scene to choose only one of them... As the folklore was her favourite,
Betty prefered this section trophy. In 1994, she participated in
the Pupils Folklore Festival Alutus in Ramnicu Valcea,
where she got the first prize in the interpretation section. Then,
some other festivals followed - in Hungary, Bulgaria, Greece, Albania,
Macedonia, Turkey and Jordan. She first appeared on TV on the national
channel in the children contest Tip-Top Minitop, which
was very popular in Romania. She sang a folk song - Mi-o zis
mama ca mi-o da (My mother told me she would give me...)
and, of course, she won the 1st prize again. In every show or festival,
Betty used to conquer the audience through the innocence
given by her age, so young in those days, and through her absolutely
special way of singing. When she entered Dinu Lipatti
Music High School, Betty decided to start her solo musical
career; so, in august 2001, Elisabeta Catalina Stroe signed a management
agreement with RBA Records and Management. From now on, her stage
name will be Etnic. Immediately after that the preparations for
her first EP began, which appeared in January 2002. The EP was called
Sunt o fata frumusica (I'm A Pretty Girl) and
was brought out on the 17th of January, when the singer reached
16. The two events were celebrated in the Why Not? disco.
Due to this EP, the artist got the trophy for the best sold
debut album at the RBA Festival, in December 2002.
year after this EP, Etnic makes another album, Primul Sarut
(The First Kiss), which proves her musical maturity
through her new singing, clear voice and her naturalness in approaching
tonalities. The album contains twelve songs which are full of energy
and base on the same musical genre - etno. They all are, in fact,
new arrangements of some folk songs, very well known by all the
Romanians. In January 2004, Betty came of age, so, she changed her
style a little bit. She made another album, named Blestem
(The Curse), after the play named that way. The lines
of this song represent her love turned into hate, when she found
out that her lover was cheating her. As, a lot of Romanians have
forgotten that folk art is a way of expressing individual feelings
which man communicates to his fellows only in certain circumstances
and unique occasions, RBA Records tried to enrich the spiritual
world of people with songs to go to their hearts, to
make them happy when listening to these songs sung by Etnic. The
single chosen to be promoted was Bade, palarie noua
(You, Lad, New Hat), a video clip shown on all the channels,
be it musical or not. The RBA Autohaus Car Park was chosen as the
setting. The film was made at the beginning of December, on an unusual
warm day for this time of the year. How much I enjoyed myself
when I had to thing by the fire, because of the heat my make-up
started to run down my face..., Betty told us laughing.
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