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offWOMEX 2019 Lineup Announced

Eme Alfonso

The World Music Expo (WOMEX) revealed today the artists set to perform as part of the offWOMEX 2019 programing.

offWOMEX provides an additional integrated platform for bands and artists to present themselves and their music to the world music professionals attending WOMEX from around the globe. WOMEX will take place October 23-27, 2019 in Tampere, Finland.

This year’s offWOMEX stage includes a wide range of artists from Spain, Latvia, Canada, Hungary, Cuba and Russia, and are presented and funded by ICEX/Sounds from Spain, Sierra, Basque Music, Eesti Kultuurkapital, Mundial Montréal, Folquébec, Musicaction, FACTOR, Canada Council for the Arts, SODEC, National Cultural Fund of Hungary and the Halmos Bela Program.

The confirmed artists for offWOMEX 19 are:

Digging Roots (Canada)

Eme Alfonso (Cuba)

Leela Gilday (Canada)

Les Grands Hurleurs (Canada)

Oyme (Russia)

Romano Drom (Hungary)

Saucējas (Latvia)

TOPA-K (Korrontzi & DJ Makala) (Spain)

Zagala (Spain)

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Olah Gypsy Maestros Romano Drom to Release Give Me Wine

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Acclaimed Hungarian Gypsy band Romano Drom is set to release its new album, Give Me Wine, on May 31, 2019 through Riverboat Records.

Romano Drom means ‘gypsy road’ in the Romani language, and since the band’s creation in 1999, the band has traveled worldwide with its distinctive form of gypsy roots music. Led by Antal Kovács who co-founded the group with his late father, the album features recreations of ancient gypsy songs with new compositions, ranging from drinking songs and dances, to stories of love and hardship.

Singing in their Romani mother tongue, the band’s music is characterized by liveliness and vocal jousts and interplay.

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Artist Profiles: Romano Drom

Romano Drom

Romano Drom, which in Romani language means ‘gypsy road’, presents 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 Kovacs in 2005 took a toll on the band, but they have continued to play under the direction of Antal Kovacs’ son, Antal Kovacs Jr.

They use household utensils as instruments, such as a milk jug and wooden spoon, along with their unique vocal stylings to create a more modern urban sound through the introduction of guitar, double bass and drums.

Discography

* Ando Foro (Daqui, 2002)
* Andre Lindri (Daqui, 2004)

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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).

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