Hungary – Antal Kovács, the cofounder and lead vocalist of
Hungarian Gypsy band Romano Drom is reported to have died suddenly on July 6th.
A press release by the
Ortigueira Celtic and world music festival in Spain mentions that Romano
Drom’s scheduled performance this Saturday, July 9th, will not take place due to
the sudden death of the group’s vocalist, Antal Kovács. World Music Central contacted the group’s management, Asphalt Tango Productions, in Germany, who confirmed the news. No further details are available at this time and the band’s website does not show any recent
updates. Antal Kovács (a.k.a. Gojma) was Romano Drom’s vocalist. He was also a dancer
and played spoons. He founded Romano Drom together with his son, guitarist
ands singer Antal Kovács Jr. (a.k.a. Anti).
Romano Drom means “Gypsy road” in the Romani language. They
follow the musical tradition of the Olah Gypsies from Valachia, traditionally
horse traders and travelling salesmen. The group split from Ando Drom, another
well known Hungarian Gypsy band. Their first album, Déta Dévla, was
released in Hungary in 1999. Ando Foro (In the city) came out in November
2001 on the French Label Daqui and is distributed by Harmonia Mundi.
[Photos courtesy of Romano Drom and ].