Running Order Position

6 in the Semi-Final (1)14 in the Grand Final




Zaleilah lyrics | lyrics in French | lyrics in English

Music by

Costi Ionita

Lyrics by

Elena Ionescu, Dihigo Omar Secada, Costi Ionita

Participating Broadcaster


History: Romania
Event Points Place
Eurovision Song Contest 2012 Grand Final
Saturday, May 26, 2012
071 12
Eurovision Song Contest 2012 Semi-Final (1)
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
120 03

About Mandinga

Mandinga promise a spectacular stageshow in Baku where they will represent Romania with Zaleilah, a unique juxtaposition of Cuban and Romanian sounds.

Mandinga is a unique band in Romania. The cultural variety, as a result of mixing Romanian and Cuban musicians, guarantees the best show on stage. The group is capable of pleasing the most heterogeneous crowds.

Mandinga consists of 7 members: Elena (lead vocals), Alex (trumpet), Chupi (drums), El Niño (congas), Omar (piano), Zach (saxophone) and Tony (trombone). Only six of them will sing on the stage in Baku, Tony being just their Green Room supporter.

The band started 10 years ago. Since then they have become known as the best latino band in the country. They have released no less than four albums so far and at the moment, the band members are working on a new album which will be released soon.

Mandinga's success has gone beyond the borders of Romania and that is because they were not afraid to create and launch new concepts for their shows.

Anyone who meets Mandinga can see and listen to the 7 musicians playing latino music, latin jazz, balkan salsa or even club music, as they do in their Club de Mandinga show. Any Mandinga appearance on a stage turns into a spectacular show due to the blend of sounds, virtuosity and impeccable visual construction.

Mandinga is representing Romania in Eurovision Song Contest 2012, after the group received both the public and jury votes in the Romanian national selection.

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