The Ninth Edition of The Golden Stag Festival – 1996

The Golden Stag

The ninth edition of The Golden Stag Festival took place in Brasov between July 8th – July 13th, 1996, in Sfatului Square – in the old city. The Festival’s hosts were Miruna Coca Cosma, Ricky Dandel and Hugo de Campos, the famous MTV presenter.

The opening cocktail was offered by the mayor, Ioan Ghise, the prefect, Ioan Opris, and the manager of the festival, Dumitru Morosanu at Cetate Restaurant – a medieval restaurant built inside the city’s old fortress.

The festival was broadcast by: NHK-Japan, Tele 5 -Spain, Finnish National TV, TVRI Indonesia, Philippine National TV, Lithuanian TV. From 800 journalists who asked credentials for The Golden Stag Festival, only 100 got it. They received permission to write about the festival, and interview the competitors and the stars.

In the hors-concurs shows the audience met Tom Jones, Vaya con Dios, Coolio, MN8, and Soul II Soul.

Monica Anghel from Romania was awarded with The Golden Stag Trophy.

The ninth edition of The Golden Stag Festival ended on July 13th, at the Aro Palace Restaurant, with a dinner party for the singers, the stars, the jury and the journalists.

1996 Stars

In the hors concours-shows the audience met Tom Jones, Vaya Con Dios, Coolio, MN8, Soul II Soul, La Bouche, Monica Anghel, Silvia Dumitrescu, Loredana Groza, Adrian Daminescu, Stereo

Vaya Con Dios

Before she formed Vaya Con Dios in 1985, Dani Klein had already a long time singing career behind her. She was backing vocalist with Catalog of Cool and lead vocalist with Arbeid Adelt.

The story of Vaya Con Dios (Go with the Gods – in Spanish) started in 1986. The group was formed by Dani Klein, Dirk Schoufs (formely of The Wild Ones) and Willy Lambregt (formely of the Scabs).

Their first release, the single Just a friend of mine became an overnight hit (300,000 sold copies in France). However Willy decided to spend all his time with the Scabs because Vaya Con Dios wasn’t “rock’n’roll” enough for him. So, Vaya Con Dios recorded the first album with session musicians. Puerto Rico and Don’t cry for Louie brought them a bigger success. The second album continued the success story with songs like What’s a woman or Nah neh nah.

In 1991, the couple – Dirk Schoufs and Dani Klein – lost interest in each other and Dirk lleft the band. Soon afterwards he died of a drugs-related infection disease.
The album, Time Flies, released after one year, was the saddest of them all. It was entirely a Dani Klein product.

In 1993, the band made a very successful tour around the world. In 1995, the Muscle Shoals Studios in Alabama released the Vaya Con Dios’ album Roots and Wings. The horn section from Muscle Shoals accompanied Dani on her European tour in 1996, while her son played the keyboards.

Vaya Con Dios sold over 7,000,000 copies of this albums. Dani Klein retired from showbizz to travel and “live her life”.

After four year Dani Klein made her appearance on the stage with a new band called Purple Prose.

Competitors

SINGERS’ CONTEST

CINZIA SASSO – ITALY
CHRIS AGULLO – FRANCE
NATI DURAN – SPAIN
GARETT WALL – IRELAND
QIDI – CHINA
ADRIAN ENACHE – ROMANIA
CHARLOTTE ROEL – DENMARK
VIKTORIA JONES – HUNGARY
BAGGIO – CANADA
VALENTINA FARCASANU – ROMANIA
TASTE OF JOY – BELGIUM
MARJORIE – FINLAND
BRENDA STARR – U.S.A.
DEYAN NEDELCHEV – BULGARIA
DANIELLE LO PRESTI – U.S.A.
JIMMY ANDERSON – ENGLAND\SCOTLAND
STELA ARGATU – REPUBLIC OF MOLDAVIA
BODICY – INDONESIA
SILVIA CECCHETTI – ITALY
SONIA – PORTUGAL
GIL CASSAN – BELGIUM
MONICA ANGHEL – ROMANIA
YESIM DENUS ISIM – TURKEY
GEIR RONNING – NORWAY
JAY MEREE SMITH – AUSTRALIA

DEBUT CONTEST

ROBIN BROCK – CANDA
TASTE OF JOY – BELGIUM
JOSEFINE – SWITZERLAND
CLAUDIO CIRIMELE – ITALY
PETROLEUM JELL – U.S.A.
LAURENTIU CAZAN – ROMANIA
CHARLOTTE ROEL – DENMARK
GARETT WALL – IRELAND
DEA – SWEDEN
JEAN PIERRE HARMELLE – FRANCE
CINZIA SASSO – ITALY
MONICA ANGHEL – ROMANIA

VIDEOCLIP CONTEST

FIRST KISS – IRELAND
ZHANG MAI – CHINA
STEFFAN, MAYA AND KAMEN – BULGARIA
ROBIN BROCK – CANADA
A.S.A.P. – U.S.A.
ANDREA BLACK – ENGLAND
PETROLEUM JELL – U.S.A.
ARDIT GJEBREA – ALBANIA
4 ACES – HOLLAND
TIMPURI NOI – ROMANIA
JEREMY KAPLAN – ISRAEL
PARADISIO – BELGIUM
CHARLOTTE ROEL – DENMARK
KENNY JOYCE – FRANCE
VIKTOR ZINCHUK – RUSSIA

Robin Brock

Robin Brock, as we speak, is working on her second album; writing with John Capek and Randy Bachman.

Robin’s first album, Blame It On The Rock and Roll, written with John Capek, has received fairly extensive airplay in Canada.

Her first release, She’s Outta Control was well responded to nationally across Canada. Her release party was filmed live and featured on CBC news.

In 1997, Robin performed her song Rockin on the Airwaves in Australia to an audience of 2,800 people for the South Pacific International Song Contest. She won the 1st Place in the Rock Division.

In 1998 she was part of two international songwriting contests; The Netherlands Song Expo (Lipstick & Lace) and The South Pacific International Song Contest (I Lied).

Proudly representing Canada, Robin performed to over 5,000 people daily at The Golden Stag Festival in Brasov, Romania in 1996. Tom Jones and Coolio were a few of the headliners.

Winners

The Golden Stag Trophy
MONICA ANGHEL – ROMANIA

Videoclip Contest
1st Prize
ZHANG MAI – CHINA
2nd Prize
PETROLEUM JELL – U.S.A.
3rd Prize
VIKTOR ZINCHUK – RUSSIA

Debut Contest
1st Prize
GARETT WALL – IRELAND
2nd Prize
LAURENTIU CAZAN – ROMANIA
3rd Prize
TASTE OF JOY – BELGIUM

Singers’ Contest
1st Prize
GARETT WALL – IRELAND
2nd Prize
BRENDA STARR – U.S.A.
3rd Prize
YESIM DONUS ISIM – TURKEY