Enticing Hungarian Trad Fusion

Kerekes Band – Fel a Kalappal (Szerzoi Kiadas, 2008)

Fel a Kalappal (Hats On!) is an excellent release by innovative Hungarian act Kerekes Band. The five musicians deliver an exciting combination of traditional Hungarian folk music, funk and electronic music.

Throughout the album flutes and fiddles are intertwined with electronic bagpipe and electric koboz supported by an irresistible rhythm section.

The lineup on this album included Fehér Zsombor on flute and electronic bagpipe; Námor Csaba on koboz and electric koboz; Csarnó Ákos on fiddle; Konya Csaba on bass; and Fehér Viktor on drums. Guests: Mike Finnigan on organ and Pély Barna on vocals.

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 produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.

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