Olah Gypsies Perform in New York

Romano Drom
New York (New York), USA – Romano Drom will be performing at Makor in New York City on Wednesday, June 28, at 7:30pm.
Tickets are $20. Makor is located at 35 W. 67th St. (at Central Park West), NYC 10023. Phone: +1 212.601.1000.

Romano Drom, which in Romani language means “gypsy road”, leads us on the road of the musical tradition of the Olah Gypsies from Valachia, traditionally horse traders and traveling salesmen who entered Hungary in the middle of the 19th century. For Romano Drom the power of the Olah Gypsies’ traditional music is in its voices and vocal games. Living in Budapest where east and west flow together, the inspirations are many and various.

The sudden death of cofounder and lead vocalist Antal Kovács last year took a toll on the band, but they have continued to play under the direction of Antal Kovács’ son, Antal Kovács Jr. They utilize household utensils as instruments, such as a milk churn and wooden spoon, alongside their unique vocal stylings to create a more modern urban sound through the introduction of guitar, double bass and drums.

Two albums are available by the band: Andre Lindri (Daqui, 2004) and Ando Foro (Daqui, 2002).

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel is also co-founder of the Transglobal World Music Chart.

Angel has also produced and remastered world music studio albums and compilations for labels such as Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, and Music of the World.