Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Romania Band Unwelcome In Kosovo Party

BalkanInsight.com

Hundreds of Kosovo Albanians have joined a Facebook campaign against the gig of Romanian europop band Morandi, scheduled to take place on the first anniversary of Kosovo’s declaration of independence, because their country has not recognised Kosovo.
Morandi, consisted of Marius Moga and Andrei Stefan Ropcea, were awarded as Best Romanian Act at the MTV Europe Music Music Awards 2008. Some 1,000 Kosovars joined a group in the virtual community Facebook called “No Morandi on our independence day.”

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia on February 17, 2008, and so far has been recognized my most of the EU member-countries. Romania has said it is its policy not to recognise..

“Romania is lobbying to other countries not to recognize Kosovo. This is why we don’t want them [Morandi] here,” said one of the group members.

A young man, taking down an already ripped Morandi poster, said “they should have banned Romanians from entering Kosovo.”

The Facebook protest aside, tickets for the Tuesday evening concert in Pristina’s “1 Tetori” sports hall appeared to be selling well, the domestic audience keen on any international music acts that make the effort to play in Kosovo as part of their tours.

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