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by Eletfa Hungarian Folk Band

Kick back - or kick it - to village music from Hungary and Transylvania by this New Jersey-based group, the most recognized Hungarian folk band in North America who have kept people klicking their heels and slapping their feet for nearly two decades.
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1. Lorincrevi emlekek
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2. Magyarnemegyei muzsika
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3:57 album only
3. Diofa
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3:24 album only
4. Szeki ballada
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1:48 album only
5. Marosszeki dalok
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4:35 album only
6. Merai ciganycsardas
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3:46 album only
7. Gyimesi kerekes es magyaros
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5:40 album only
8. Cserkesz csokor
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4:11 album only
9. Erdo
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3:02 album only
10. Calusari
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4:58 album only
11. Arpadhoni szureti mulatsag
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12. Mezokolpenyi dalok
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13. Nem ugy van most mint volt regen
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8:07 album only
14. Mahala
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15. Kalotaszegi bucsuzas
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Életfa Hungarian Folk Band is one of the premier Hungarian folk bands in North America. The band was formed over sixteen years ago in the New York/New Jersey area by a group of multi-talented performers, utilizing such instruments as violin, viola, 3-stringed kontra, cello, 3-stringed bass, percussive cello, and cimbalom, together with beautiful vocals. The group's members treat their audiences to a high-energy, entertaining tour of Hungarian culture, having enjoyed success at various unique venues such as the Epcot Center, Library of Congress, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Empire State Building, Clearwater Revival Festival, Liberty State Park, Manhattan's Town Hall, World Trade Center, Washington Press Club, American Museum of Natural History (Manhattan), and several New York clubs, including Tonic, CB Gallery, and the Knitting Factory. The band has appeared in cities throughout North America, including Austin, New Orleans, Sarasota, Detroit, Toronto, San Francisco, Columbus, Ottawa, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Montreal, Houston, Washington, D.C., Miami, Boston, Calgary and Cleveland. Életfa has performed several times for dignitaries at the Hungarian Consulate in New York and the Hungarian Embassy in Washington, D.C., and has played at the Governors' Mansions in New York and New Jersey. The group has appeared with several well-known artists, including Kalman Balogh, Janos Csik, Andras Berecz, and Alexander Fedoriouk. Életfa has accompanied top dance groups of the United States and Canada and has played for audiences at countless festivals, camps, workshops, and solo performances. The band also hosts a regular Táncház [folk dance gathering] in New York City. The performers on this CD are:
Ildiko Magyar, Natalia Zagyva, Kalman "Ocsi" Magyar, Jozsef "Heki" Gartai, Attila Papp, Raul Rothblatt, with Alexander Fedoriouk (cimbalom), Miklos Ujvari (guitar), Bela Garai (bass), Melanie Kent (percussive cello), and the Women's Chorus of the Csurdongolo Dance Ensemble of New Brunswick, New Jersey.


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Tamara Turner, CD Baby


An absolutely compelling and zesty album featuring the village music from Hungary and Transylvania by this New Jersey-based group. Being the most recognized Hungarian folk band in North America, 'who have kept people klicking their heels and slapping their feet for nearly two decades," the Eletfa Hungarian Folk Band delivers with pure, shining musicianship.

Rick Kaye

Makes you want to learn how to dance the czardas!
Having grown up in a Hungarian-American environment, the sounds of Hungarian music was everpresent; but this album is different! You don't want to merely listen to it, you want to get up and dance the czardas!

CD Baby


An absolutely compelling and zesty album featuring the village music from Hungary and Transylvania by this New Jersey-based group. Being the most recognized Hungarian folk band in North America, 'who have kept people klicking their heels and slapping their feet for nearly two decades," the Eletfa Hungarian Folk Band delivers with pure, shining musicianship.

i.karen shaskan

loved it.. so glad to hear our organist from passaic...
it was very well done and i was much impressed by the level of the artists.. i grew up on this music in passaic and was very glad to find it so well done... i had thought much of it was lost.. i believe that helen b. hoffmann is known to you as your nursery school teacher at the reformed church.. it was with great pleasure that i have listened to your music several times over and will get some more of your music in the future... much luck... karen shaskan