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Ileana Sărăroiu (September 25, 1936 - May 12, 1979) was a renowned Romanian singer of traditional, popular/folk music. While not as famous as Maria Tănase, she still remains one of the most important Romanian female folk singers alongside Maria Tănase, Maria Lătăretu (belonging to the first generation of great Romanian folk singers), or Maria Ciobanu (belonging to the second). Her song-masterpieces, according to Romanian experts, are: "Doi voinici din Valea Mare" and "Unde e Targovistea". The first is a song about two lads who went hunting but, instead, they encountered two sisters to whom they got married. The second is a story of a sad mother who waits for her son in a train station from a Romanian town. She does not see anybody came except a girl who she has never seen before. The girl turns out to be the wife of her son.


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