Zdob şi Zdub are a Moldovan musical group, based in Chişinău, whose work for the last several years combines elements of hip-hop and hardcore punk with traditional Moldovan music and Roman music. The name is onomatopoeic for the sound of a drum beat. The band was formed in 1994. They have gone through various line-ups. Their initial sound was rather hardcore, and the lyrics were mostly in Russian.
Zdob şi Zdub participated at the Learn to Swim - 2 Festival 1996, where they played before the world famous alternative band Rage Against the Machine. Around 1998, their sound began to change, embracing traditional Romanian/Moldovan music and with lyrics entirely in Romanian. In August, 1999, Zdob şi Zdub played as part of the Russian MTV-Party, held on Red Square in Moscow, along with Russian bands Gorky Park and IFK and U.S. band Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The band has toured extensively, mostly in Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, and Romania, but also in Germany (1998) and the Netherlands (2000), and more recently in Serbia (EXIT, 2008), Hungary, and Italy. In January, 2001, in Moscow, Zdob şi Zdub performed with the legendary musician and film director Emir Kusturica and his No Smoking Orchestra.
Zdob şi Zdub represented Moldova in its first ever appearance at the Eurovision Song Contest 2005, with their song Boonika Bate Toba (Grandmamma is beating da drum-a), finishing 6th.
In September, 2007 the band appeared on Michael Palin's New Europe shown on BBC 1 in the UK
Roman Yagupov вокал, окарина / vocal, ocarina
Mihai Gincu бас гитара / bass guitar
Pugaci Anatol бубњеви / drums
Valeriu Mazilu труба, флаута, гајде / trumpet, flute, bagpipe
Victor Dandes тромбон,флаута / trombone, flute
Igor Buzurniuc гитара / guitar
Дискографија / Dicography:
2003 450 De Oi (450 Sheep)
1999 Zdubii bateţi tare (Zdub Guys Beat It Hard)
1999 Tabăra Noastră (Our camp)
1996 Hardcore Moldovenesc (Moldovan Hardcore)