"Attention, World Music fans, beware: the Hungarians are coming! Here is a group whose following takes to the dance floor at the first notes of each concert and just cannot stop dancing. Besh o droM's music is a highly original alloy of East European folk music vernaculars such as Hungarian, Rumanian, Bulgarian, Southern Slav, Greek musical dialects, not to speak of the marked Gypsy, Turkish and Mid-East leanings. The group often finds itself at odds with the folk purists as they take their material out of the museum showcase to arrange it in their highly original fashion - considering this heritage as anyone's treasure trove. Their name, Besh o droM, is a Gipsy idiom for "Go your own way!". And so they do."

"They start at full speed with "Nekemtenemmutogatol Oro," as they whirl between a few different melodies during the piece. They slow down for "Neyem, Neyem..." and there is a precision to the music that brings out the dance. "Csango Menyhart" is a fun piece that would fit any slapstick chase. The vocals in "Engem Anyam Megatkozott (My Mother Cursed Me)" have a nasal edge to them that takes a moment to get used to, and then it fits right in with the music. "Introduction" is an instrumental introduction to the group that flows right into "Cigansko Oro," with its mixture of old and new styles of music. "Afghan" is enticing, the notes sliding around you; foreign, unknown and intoxicating. They start off with some jazz in "Csujogato (Yell)," then add some rap into the mix and somehow it all works. "Pergeto (Scat Song)" seems to contain a bit of all the previous songs plus some others and it is a blast. There is a strong bluegrass flavour to "Koczkae," the shortest piece on the CD. They introduce you to the melodies first in "Kanna Solo" and then they twist them ever so slightly as they repeat them. "Igenyes Iegenyes (Man's Dance)" has an irreverent edge to it; somehow you know they are messing around with the melodies even if you can't quite tell how. They throw in some sound effects for "Manocsavo," and close the piece off on one. The last song, "Szeles Vilag (Big Wide World)" has the feel of a parting song.Besh o droM take traditional melodies and then go off in new directions. At times there is a strong sense that the melodies on Can't Make Me! are traditionally played very differently. The music they create stays with you -- it is fun, and it is wonderful. Listen, no dance to it, interact with it and enjoy."

- Rambles, Paul de Bruijn

Ádám Pettik - derbuka, water can, percussion, lead vocal
Gergö Barcza - alto saxophone, ney, vocal
Attila Sidoo - guitar, vocal
József Csurkulya - cimbalom, vocal
Péter Tóth - trumpet, vocal
László Békési - tenor saxophone, clarinet, vocal
Tamás Zsoldos - bass guitar

Juhász Miczura Mónika (Micu) – lead voice (4,9) and oral bass (9)
Géza Orczy – tapan (1-14), buzuki (1)
DJ Mango - rap (6), scratch (6,8)
Busa - scratch (8)

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