Besh o droM

One of the most successful representatives of Hungarian world music. Their name, which means „start moving” in the Lovári Gypsy language, specifically addresses horses. They play traditional Balkan, Romanian Gypsy and Middle Eastern melodies in their own interpretations, fusing different musical styles. What they play is explicitly declared dance music, and they never miss to emphasise this during their concerts - where the audience soon realises this. The two defining musicians of Besh o droM's ,Gergely Barcza (1972, saxophone, wind instruments) and Ádám Pettik (1972, percussion), used to play together frequently in the second half of the ‘90s. Being brothers-in-law in life, they played Balkan music under the playful name of Sógor-Kóma, which refers to their family relations. In 1999, the band's musical endeavour became serious, they recruited a group of musicians and after a few rehearsals started to play concerts under the name Besh o droM. Their debut album, Macsó hímzés (2000) went platinum and was the only Hungarian album among 2000 items on a world music list made by a reputable Hungarian Magazine. In 2004, Gyí! made it to the Top 10 of the British fRoots world music magazine and the Top 20 of the World Music Chart Europe, before its European release. Besh o DroM have been touring abroad since the beginning, initially in England, France and Italy, then in Spain, Germany and other parts of Europe. In 2003 they reached overseas, where they gained recognition by performing in front of 35,000 people at the Montreal Jazz Festival and received the title: Best of the Festival. They later performed in Mexico and Australia, among other places. In 2020, the Besh o droM 20 album was released to mark the 20th anniversary of the band's existence.

Last update: 2023-6, Jávorszky Béla Szilárd

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