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Moldova ( ( listen), sometimes UK: ), officially the Republic of Moldova (Romanian: Republica Moldova), is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe, bordered by Romania to the west and Ukraine to the north, east, and south. The capital city is Chișinău.
Most of the Moldovan territory was a part of the Principality of Moldavia from the 14th century until 1812, when it was ceded to the Russian Empire by the Ottoman Empire (to which Moldavia was a vassal state) and became known as Bessarabia. In 1856, southern Bessarabia was returned to Moldavia, which three years later united with Wallachia to form Romania, but Russian rule was restored over the whole of the region in 1878. During the 1917 Russian Revolution, Bessarabia briefly became autonomous and then the independent Moldavian Democratic Republic until it was integrated into Romania in 1918 following a vote of its assembly. The decision was disputed by Soviet Russia, which in 1924 allowed the establishment, within the Ukrainian SSR, of a Moldavian autonomous republic (MASSR) on partial Moldovan-inhabited territories to the east of the Dniester. In 1940, as a consequence of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, Romania was compelled to cede Bessarabia to the Soviet Union, leading to the creation of the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic (Moldavian SSR), which included the greater part of Bessarabia and the westernmost strip of the former MASSR.
On 27 August 1991, as the dissolution of the Soviet Union was under way, the Moldavian SSR declared independence and took the name Moldova. The Constitution of Moldova was adopted in 1994. The strip of the Moldovan territory on the east bank of the Dniester river has been under the de facto control of the breakaway government of Transnistria since 1990.
Due to a decrease in industrial and agricultural output following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the service sector has grown to dominate Moldova's economy and is over 60% of the nation's GDP. Its economy is the poorest in Europe in per capita terms and has the lowest Human Development Index in the continent. Moldova is also the least visited country in Europe by tourists with only 11,000 annually recorded visitors from abroad.Moldova is a parliamentary republic with a president as head of state and a prime minister as head of government. It is a member state of the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the GUAM Organization for Democracy and Economic Development, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) and aspires to join the European Union.
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Stars are born, not made. And this is exactly of comes to mind when we think of Portuguese DJ and producer, Kura. He’s 27 years old and has already under his belt several releases for labels such as Hardwell’s Revealed Recordings, MYNC’s Cr2 Records, Tiger Recordings, Flashover Recordings, Armada Recordings, among others, and lots more on the way. Add to this his remarkable charisma and talents on a DJ booth and you have the key ingredients to make it in today’s competitive and worldwide EDM scene.
It’s rather curious for a DJ that names Axwell, Nicky Romero, Hardwell and Alesso as his main references when it comes to music production to have been introduced to dance music through Carl Cox’s Fact 2 compilation. But facts are facts! Kura was 11 years old when his attention got captured by a classmate’s Walkman playing “Fact 2”. This was the first electronic dance music CD bought by young Kura, and the EDM exploration begun. By the early 2000s he started going out to clubs and his attention grew sonically to the disco filtered frech touch of Martin Solveig, Modjo, Black Legend, and of course, to the big beat of his musical heroes, Daft Punk. Growing up in such musical diversity had an effect on Kura: he loves music whether it’s underground or commercial, as long as it’s good and strong, he’ll surely and happily play it. The high school’s radio station was just one step ahead and that’s where Kura begun to choose records and play them for an audience.
By 2005 he landed on his part time job at a skate shop near the beach on the outskirts of Lisbon. Luckily for the rest of us there was a DJ booth at the shop and when no one was around, Kura would play and practice on it. Opportunity was just around the corner and Kura started to organize parties, just to play, in Cascais’s club, Coconuts. His first DJ residency came along and he became Bahaus resident DJ for 3 years. Having to play regularly before a crowd created the emergency for music production – “I needed my own edits. I needed to change what I didn’t like or thought wouldn’t work on a dancefloor” – he states. His first bootleg was a hit among his peers – Sydney Samson’s “Work It” on Hardwell’s remix crossed with Bob Marley – made a dancefloor stomper and soon after his fellow DJs were asking him for the bootleg. More edits came along and his music production skills were starting to be noticed. Kura upgraded to Logic Pro 8 and made his first original track, “Russian Guitar” that was picked up by none other than Portugal’s first and finest label, Kaos Records.
His name grew as a DJ and he was invited to play as a resident DJ at Lisbon’s Kapital, and then at the summer club, Tamariz, and then to Gossip, a 1.500 people capacity club in Lisbon. Production wise his tracks and remixes were coming out regularly and the invitations to play in other clubs started to come in, it was time to leave his residencies and focus on a freelance career, and that’s what Kura did. As his productions got stronger his invitations to play in bigger better clubs grew.
The international breakthrough would come with his track “Brazil”. Roger Sanchez picked it up from the thousands of promos he usually receives and played it on his infamous Release Yourself Radioshow. But it wouldn’t be only Roger Sanchez to notice Kura’s music production talents, Thomas Gold would also play Kura’s “Polaris”, “Love Will Find You”, a remix of “Nightrain” as well as a bootleg of Adele signed by Kura on his radioshow. Besides these Kura also got support for his tracks from Hardwell, Nicky Romero and EDX, amongst many others.
By early 2012 he had caught the eye of many in the industry and was invited to join the Swiss based agency WDB Management. With an array of new tracks to be released in the near future and DJ gigs to show his dancefloor conductor skills, Kura isn’t just a promise, he’s a true certainty. Make sure you follow him at facebook.com/kuradj - soundcloud.com/kurapt
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