Here in Ferentari, you are slightly influenced / But I go my own way, not their own way

Mario Răducanu, or Mario Fabrika, is an artist from Ferentari at the beginning of the road. He is 17 years old and strongly believes in his artistic star. He discovered his passion for music while trying various sports and realized that his life is made more of lyrics and sounds.

His biography, as complicated as that of any young man from Ferentari, did not stop Mario from dreaming that one day he would be able to help himself and others. Despite the artistic success he dreams of, Mario aims to remain modest and socially oriented.

Before I got into music, I tasted each one. I did sports: handball, volleyball, rugby and football. I used to do rhymes and lyrics without training, until I realized that music is for me. I was not passionate about sports and I retired

Mario talks about music and Ferentari, what he wants to do next, about family, barriers and an important plan: to progress and make a lot of money to help other children in Ferentari, on the street or in orphanages .

From sports to music

Well, my name is Răducanu Mario, or, as everyone knows me, Mario Fabrika. What can I say about myself: I am a lyricist or a composer, I am 17 years old and all I do now is deal with music.

Before I got into music, I tasted each one. I did sports: handball, volleyball, rugby and football. I used to do rhymes and lyrics without training, until I realized that music is for me. I was not passionate about sports and I retired. I didn’t have the financial support to be able to do singing lessons or record in an audio studio, but I kept dreaming that one day I would become an acclaimed artist.

About Ferentari

Well, when you first hear the name Ferentari, you can only think of nasty things, messes, for example: drugs, abused women, children freezing cold, and people struggling to survive from day to day. I’m not ashamed to say I’m from Ferentari, but I’ve always talked to myself and told myself that I have to do something with my life if I don’t want to be like most Ferentari kids.


Honestly, at first it was hard for everyone, not just me. It was hard for them too, they put barriers in my way, they said that music and what I want to do will not bring me anything to eat. But it was my uncle next to me, whom I consider my father, who supported me, not necessarily financially, but morally, and that’s what I needed.

The biggest challenge of your life

Mom … well, my life is a challenge! Everything I do is a challenge. New people, new actions, I don’t know what to expect. God gave me a challenge 14 years ago, when he took my mother to his side – the challenge is not over today. God and my mother want to see if I can handle and cope with this jungle called life.

People and moments that marked you

Yes, and I thank them: Mr. Ionuț Oprea, Juliet Georoiu, Romeo Dediu, who were very involved in everything I did. The event with The Winners was a huge opportunity. There is also Florin Purice, a man who helped me a lot.

Tips for other teens

No matter the barriers, do not put them to the test. Whatever they do, open their hearts, trust their star, do not give in to others and be successful on their side. We all have a dream, as you can see, for example, I keep my dream for rent for the time being, in a hotel room, I work on it, to move my dream into an “empire, castle”.

And for adults

Almost all parents should advise their children, talk to them, explain to them, trust them when they want to do something.

How difficult it is for a young Roma to succeed in the world of music

Honestly, it is very difficult, especially when barriers are put in your way, when you are forced to give up your dreams. But no matter what, I never stopped dreaming: not today, not tomorrow, and never really. I saw my way.


People are jealous of the success of others in most cases, but it doesn’t really affect me because I’m used to such deeds and words. You know what it’s like in Ferentari or when you go around the world, everyone: “You bastards!”. I went over it and I suggest to everyone to go over it. You know how it is in life, shut up until the glass is full and when the glass is full you tell them all. But I preferred to do my job no matter what.

How to fight stereotypes

Involvement, a lot of involvement! Support for those staying in Ferentari! And let’s be better and help each other.

Your musical journey

Oh, to be modest, not to exaggerate, but over 100 or so songs, here also involving the songs to which I only gave lyrics or helped.

Let me tell you something, Florin Purice grew up with my mother and my nose. I went to the supermarket one night, I didn’t have any juice in the house and I went to get some juice. I go, I walk there and when I go out, Florin enters with his son. And I went to him and talked, I kept in touch, he helped me a lot and I thank him for recording in his studio too. He is a man of grade 10, a special character.

A song inspired by your life

Yes, the song is called “My Story” – Mario Fabrika. It is a song inspired by my life 100%, in which I express what I feel through lyrics. Understand, each piece before it is a poem. I wanted to do something different from the rest, because everyone sings about fame, about drugs, about money, which doesn’t represent me. Even if I have money or fame, I remain as modest as I was before.

What’s next

My plans for the future are as follows: I want to make a lot of money from music, lyrics and make a lot of progress in this field, to help all the children in the orphanages, the people on the street, to have some juice and food there too.

This interview came as a result of the project “Avdives, khetanes” (translated “Today, together”), carried out by the Amphitheater Foundation, wheredolescents and creative young people, who grew up in the Ferentari district of Bucharest, write articles about Roma culture.

The author of the interview, Anca Văleanu, is a young woman from Ferentari passionate about journalism and the discovery of talented young people representative of Roma culture.

“Avdives, khetanes” aims to strengthen the growth of inclusion and develop the premises for a better quality of life for Roma children in Belin commune, Covasna county and the marginalized urban area Ferentari.

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