Kék Láng (Blue Flame) preserves the living musical legacy of its ancestors. The only instruments used to accompany its polyphonic singing style are spoons, metal milk jugs, pot lids and, occasionally, violin and guitar. The performers round out the rhythm by snapping their fingers, clapping their hands and stomping their feet.

The roots of Romany music and dance in their most authentic form – this is the fourteen-member ensemble Kek Lang from the village of Nyirvasvári in eastern Hungary. The 200 members of the Romany community there belong to the nomadic Olah clan, which settled in this area during the 1950s. The group first came to international attention by appearing at the "Gypsies of the World" Festival.

The gypsy families whose members make up the group Kék Láng were discovered when Tony Gatlif was making his film Latcho Drom. They all come from a little village near Nyírbátor in the eastern part of Hungary, where the songs still reek of mud, woodsmoke, bad vodka and loud swearwords. In typically Romany style this mixed group sings surprisingly complex folk music accompanied by accordion and guitar with jug or spoon used as percussion. It is essential to free oneself of all musical logic to enjoy these gypsy songs. The reward is there if one lets oneself go and be drawn into the music, with all its emotional turmoil, its chaotic undertones, both festive and naive, without any trace of bitterness. The music is a sort of challenge thrown out against the cold-heartedness of modern industrialized society and its technology.

01. Memeiga (First Version)
02. Bolond Asszony
03. Drago Szanasz Manghe
04. Ternyi Pomnyi Telo Podo
05. Telo Podo
06. Ando Ghio Ando Foro
07. Nani, Nani
08. Szigyarenke Tele Phidel
09. Csinta, Csinta Palacsinta
10. Bőgős
11. Kea Devla Soke Tera
12. Blowin In The Wind (D'apres Bob Dylan)
13. Sorpajipi Lulugyi
14. Memeiga (Second Version)


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